Springfield Environmental Services is asking area residents to help them meet a recycling challenge. The department wants to see 100 tons of paper recycled at the city’s drop off sites between November 15 and December 17. And, so far, 51.5 tons of paper has been recycled.
More than 85 tons is collected per month, on average, at the city’s recycling centers.
Wrapping paper can be recycled as long as it doesn’t contain foil or glitter. You can also recycle things like tissue paper, paper towel and toilet paper tubes and food boxes.
Paper is the top recyclable material found in Springfield's Noble Hill Landfill, according to city officials.
Environmental Services urges people to recycle in other ways, too, such as donating unwanted artificial Christmas trees and other holiday decor to area thrift stores.
There are also locations in Springfield that accept holiday lights for recycling.
Learn more at springfieldmo.gov/estips.