Scott County residents may recycle many holiday items through curbside and drop-off recycling programs. Items that may be recycled include boxes, wrapping paper tubes, gift/shopping bags made of paper, tissue paper, greeting cards and envelopes and photo cards. Aluminum pie plates, clean foil and cookie/popcorn tins also can be recycled.
Holiday lights, along with batteries, computers, monitors, televisions, printers, digital cameras and video game systems, are considered electronic waste or e-waste. These items may be dropped off between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month at the Electronics Recovery Center, 5650 Carey Ave., Davenport. Data containing electronics can be dropped off at this secure location. There is no charge to residents of Scott and Rock Island counties. The cities of Bettendorf and Davenport also collect large e-waste items at the curb on bulky waste/recycling days.
Not all holiday items may be recycled. Items such as plastic bags and films, styrofoam, wrapping paper, bows, ribbons and artificial Christmas should not be placed in curbside or drop-off recycling containers.
A list of drop-off locations can be found by visiting www.wastecom.com. For more information about recycling, call 563-386-9575.