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Have some holiday decorations you are ready to part ways with?

Before tossing them in the trash, consider whether they can be recycled or reused for a different purpose next year.

For instance, while most greeting cards can be recycled, you can always turn the ones that can’t into gift tags or ornaments.

Gift wrap bows are not a recyclable material, but can be saved and easily reused for future presents. Gift boxes can also be reused. If you’re looking to get rid of them, however, they can be broken down and placed in bins or carts if small enough or cut down to an appropriate size.

Make sure to keep gift wrap and tissue paper out of the recycling bin, as they can contaminate the entire load. Instead of putting them in the trash, however, you can repurpose them to line drawers or bookcases, or even shred them for New Year’s Eve confetti.

Large live wreaths that are free from embellishments and the wire rings are accepted as yard waste in areas where yard waste is collected. Residents should first make sure that yard season is in full swing before placing curbside.

Have a few too many Christmas stockings? Donate them rather than throwing them away.

Unfortunately, strings of popcorn and tinsel garland are considered household waste. Put them in your garbage containers for disposal.

Burnt-out bulbs, specifically incandescent bulbs, are not accepted at most recycling centers. Call your local municipal recycling center to check. Since these bulbs don’t contain any toxic materials, odds are that you may have to simply throw these burnt-out bulbs into the trash.

For more information or any other questions, please visit Advanced Disposal at www.advanceddisposal.com.