Wondering what to do with all that extra gift wrap, ribbons, boxes and decorations that find their way into your house during the holiday season? Some of it goes in the trash – and the rest can GO ALL IN!

Here’s a quick guide to what should go into the garbage and what can go in your big blue cart for recycling this season …

These items belong in your cart:

  • Boxes from electronics, toys, shoes and shirts
  • Empty wrapping paper tubes
  • Gift/shopping bags made of paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Greeting cards and envelopes (even photo cards)
  • Newspapers, magazines and catalogs
  • Steel cans
  • Pie plates and clean aluminum foil
  • Popcorn and cookie tins

These items DO NOT belong in your cart:

  • Wrapping paper (even if it has the recycling symbol)
  • Ribbons and bows
  • Styrofoam (even if it has a number on it)
  • Plastic bags and films (even if they have a recycling symbol and/or a number on them)
  • Artificial Christmas trees
  • Plastic bags filled with recyclables (all items must be placed in your cart LOOSELY)
  • Christmas lights
  • Electronics of any kind

Electronics recycling
Holiday lights—along with computers, monitors, televisions, printers, digital cameras and video game systems—are considered electronic waste, or e-waste. These items may be dropped off for recycling from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month at the Electronic Demanufacturing Facility, 1048 East 59th St., Davenport. No charge for residents from Scott and Rock Island counties. (563) 823-0119, www.wastecom.com

Residents of Davenport and Bettendorf may place large e-waste items at the curb for pickup on their recycling/bullky waste day.

Cooking oil
Frying your turkey? Strain out the solids from the oil and bring it to the Household Hazardous Materials Facility, 5640 Carey Ave., Davenport. Oil will be recycled. Free for residents of Scott and Rock Island counties. No appointment needed. (563) 386-9575, www.wastecom.com