Saturday, December 26th, 2009

The Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority reminds county residents to recycle gift wrap this holiday season and not put it out with the trash. The only exception is foil wrap, which should be reused or put into the trash, but not into paper recycling bins.

Penny Jones, recycling education specialist with the MUA, said gift wrap, including tissue paper, is acceptable in Morris County’s recycling programs.

“The amount of trash that haulers collect increases dramatically during the holidays,” Jones said. “Much of that is gift wrap and packaging that can be reused or recycled rather than placed in the trash.”

Jones suggested saving and reusing bows as well as bubble wrap and clean, dry polystyrene (Styrofoam) packing peanuts. She said the packing peanuts and bubble wrap can be brought to Mail Boxes Etc., the UPS Store or similar retailers for reuse.

To find the closest store, Jones said an individual can visit the Plastic Loose Fill Council’s Web site, http://www.loosefillpackaging.com or call the “Peanut” Hotline at 1-800-828-2214.

Jones said corrugated cartons and pre-holiday catalogs should also be recycled, as should cans and bottles from holiday gatherings.

Additional information about recycling in Morris County may be obtained by contacting the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority at (973) 285-8394, or by visiting the MUA site, www.mcmua.com .