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Dec. 11, 2013 |  By: D. Mullens

Holiday Trash

As the classic song says, it's the most wonderful time of the year, but it could also be called the most wasteful.
Reo Menning with Metro Waste Authority of Des Moines says the holidays always bring overflowing trash bags and garbage cans.

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While the hope is to increase recycling rates, Menning notes  some holiday items one might assume could be recycled, actually cannot.
That includes metallic wrapping paper, along with decorations like garlands or Christmas lights.

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Ribbons and bows are also not recyclable, but Menning suggests keeping them nice and reusing those types of items.  As a nation, Americans generate about 250-million tons of trash every year, with only about one-third of that waste being recycled.