Holiday recycling: Don't let it go to waste

(NBC News Channel)

(NBC News) The holiday season is already taking a toll on landfills and recycling centers.

Between now and New Year's Day Americans will generate an additional one million tons of waste each week.

As the gifts pile up under the tree, thedebate over where to put used wrapping paper, in the garbage or recycling, rages on.

Many cities are now accepting folded, but not crumpled, wrapping paper as recyclable.

Others say all those inks, lacquers and metallics actually gum-up the gears at recycling plants.

The best advice is to check with local sanitation officials.

Meanwhile, a new concentration this year is on recycling plastics.


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