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Holiday Recycling

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The holiday season brings cheer and merriment, but after it's over you're often left with a lot of boxes, wrapping paper, and that tree to clean up. That's why this is the biggest time of year to recycle.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Americans generate 25 percent more waste between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, which is about 1 million more tons of waste a week. That's why recycling is even more essential this time of year.

The Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority (RWSA) operates the McInitre Recycling Center in Charlottesville. RWSA Director Tom Frederick says he sees an increase in the amount of material that's handled and processed for recycling during the holidays, especially during the last week of December.

Frederick says he expects to see an increase again this year during December, and says the RWSA is always trying to get more people to recycle. "There's plenty of potential, and we would really urge people to think strongly about protecting their environment during this holiday season," he said.

Packages, boxes, and wrapping paper are all types of recycling that increases during the holidays, but you can also recycle things like Christmas trees, wreaths, and other greenery.

Albemarle County has a program set up to make recycling Christmas trees and other vegetation much easier this year. There are seven disposal sites set up throughout the county, mostly in parks and community centers.

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