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Spotlight on holiday waste

compostQ: How do I dispose of food scraps from preparing my holiday meal — and what about fruitcake?
A: Food scraps, old leftovers and even that fruitcake can be added directly to your green composting roll cart. Old cooking oil from the turkey fryer should go in a container with a tight seal and placed inside the garbage cart.                                

Q: What should I to do with all this holiday wrapping paper?
A: Place paper items in the blue recycling roll cart — cardboard and gift boxes, wrapping and tissue paper, catalogs, greeting cards and envelopes. Bows, ribbon and foil-lined items belong in the garbage.

Q: My holiday party includes lots of one-time use items. Can I recycle or compost them?garbage
A: Any disposable items, from plastic ware to paper plates, go in your garbage container. Even products labeled “compostable” or “biodegradable” don’t belong in your recycling or composting roll carts. Use reusable items for your next get-together instead.

garbageQ: What do I do with paper items from my holiday baking?
A: Items like parchment paper and wrappers and liners from cupcakes go in the garbage. Besides yard debris, the only non-food items accepted in the green composting roll cart are paper napkins, paper towels, coffee filters, tea bags and pizza delivery boxes.

Q: One of my holiday gifts is a new computer tablet! What should I do with my old computer?
A: If your old one still works, donate it! Oregon E-Cycles offers free recycling options. Electronics do not belong in your roll carts.

Q: How do I dispose of old batteries?
A: Collect batteries and dispose of them at a local recycling depot or hazardous waste facility. They should never be put in any curbside roll carts.

Q: Can I recycle broken strings of lights?
 Broken lights do not belong in your blue recycling roll cart. Put them in the garbage or recycle them at a local depot. Contact Metro online or at 503-234-3000 to find a location.

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