County pushes post-holiday recycling

Shenandoah County urges residents to help cut waste this holiday season by recycling.

Paper products used for the holidays add up, Director of Solid Waste Management Patrick Felling states in a press release. But products such as wrapping paper, cardboard boxes, greeting cards and envelopes are recyclable, Felling states. As the director noted, these products then take up space in the county landfill, which is undergoing a $2.78-million expansion.

Recycling one ton of cardboard saves more than 9 cubic yards of landfill space, Felling states, citing information from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Most landfills are made of a third of recyclable packing materials.

The county also plans to offer options to residents who want to dispose of their Christmas trees in the weeks following the holidays. The county will provide collection bins for trees and brush at the landfill in Edinburg as well as convenience sites at Rude’s Hill and Fisher’s Hill.