Scott County residents may recycle many holiday items through curbside and drop-off recycling programs. Recyclable items include boxes from electronics, toys, shoes and shirts; wrapping paper tubes; gift/shopping bags made of paper; tissue paper; greeting cards and envelopes (even photo cards); newspapers, advertisements, magazines and catalogs; No. 1 and No. 2 plastics; glass food and beverage containers; steel cans; popcorn and cookie tins; and aluminum cans and pie plates.
Items such as wrapping paper, bows, ribbons, Styrofoam, plastic film and artificial Christmas trees are considered contaminants to the recycling process and should not be placed in curbside or drop-off recycling containers.
Strands of holiday lights also are being accepted. These 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. at the Electronic Demanufacturing Facility, 1048 E. 59th St., Davenport. There is no charge to residents from Scott and Rock Island counties. Fees apply for e-waste from businesses. For more information, call 563-823-0119.
The cities of Bettendorf and Davenport collect large e-waste items (but not holiday lights) at the curb from residents on their bulky waste/recycling days and deliver them to the Electronic Demanufacturing Facility for recycling.
For more information about holiday recycling, call 563-381-1300 or visit www.wastecom.com.