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Tips for holiday recycling

7:15 PM, Dec 26, 2012   |    comments
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Christmas cleanup is underway and it created some long lines at Knox County convenience centers Wednesday afternoon.

Workers expected more than 1,000 users the day after Christmas.

"We're seeing substantially increased traffic; it's going to be pretty steady," said Zach Johnson, Knox County recycling coordinator.

Kevin Jones of Powell decided to recycle his holiday trash before things get too busy.

"You gotta try to get rid of it as soon as possible because the sooner you get it out of your house, the better your house will look and you don't have to worry about it for the rest of the week because I gotta go to work later," Jones said.

However, Johnson encouraged users to separate ribbon from wrapping paper.

"If it's paper and can be torn we want you to put it in the mixed paper bin. The ribbons obviously can't be recycled so we're trying to promote people to reuse their ribbons," Johnson said.

Johnson said any wrappings that cannot be torn like paper, should be treated as trash.

That includes foil, metallic, or cellophane which may have been used for Christmas wrapping.

Knox County convenience centers will start accepting Christmas trees on January 1. However, they will not be accepted at the Carter and Karns convenience centers.

Knox County is expecting anywhere from 800-1,000 recycled Christmas trees this season.

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