COLUMN: Be careful with your waste this holiday season

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By Curtis Ochs

We are rapidly approaching Christmas and festivities, dinners, and all forms of celebrations that can create a massive overload of excessive trash. Everything from Christmas cards to Christmas trees must be put away or eliminated, usually after the mess we have made with our New Year’s Eve parties.
On a more serious vein, the bulk of our Christmas and New Year’s waste can be recycled, as long as it is clean and not contaminated with food scraps. This includes everything from cardboard products to clean paper and Christmas cards, plastic coverings, tin, aluminum and even glass bottles. We do not have a market for glass, but we would rather have them in the Dumpsters instead of having them used as ammo for target practice at the road signs.
We are advertising, if you have noticed, the Waste Tire Amnesty that will be Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day at the County Road Department at 843 Fairgrounds Road. Staff will be on site to aid you, but we cannot handle the solid rubber tires some equipment uses.
We have had a successful Fall Roadside Litter Abatement Cleanup, with all non-profit groups doing a great job at helping keep our county clean. We will have more clean-ups next year starting in March, and we are planning to add additional equipment to help us be more able to handle the recycling material, and we are setting goals for cleaning up our streams as well as our roads, so we will be calling on our citizens to help us in our efforts to keep our county pretty and sanitary.
Have a great Christmas, and happy New Year.