SPOTSWOOD, NJ - For all the care it takes to put together a beautifully wrapped present as well as address and send all those holiday cards, it only takes seconds for them to be opened. Then what? Well, certain seasonal wrappings and decorations can actually be recycled. However, it's important to know the dos and don't before disposing of the holiday wrappings.

  • Do recycled envelopes and greetings cards. They are considered mixed paper.
  • Do recycle wrapping paper. It's also classified as mixed paper.
  • Don't recycle foil wrapping paper. Foil paper actually can't be recycled and should be disposed of in the trash.
  • Don't automatically assume that ornaments can be recycled because they are glass or plastic. Only certain types of plastics can be recycled and they're not usually used in ornaments. Also, many glass ornaments may contain lead, which means they can't be recycled.
  • Do contact the Middlesex County Improvement Authority's Recycling Division if any residents have questions regarding what holiday decorations can or cannot be recycled at 1-800-488-6242.

Natural Christmas trees, wreaths and garlands can be ground up and made into mulch by contractors. However, everything must be removed from those items including lights, tinsel, ribbons, bows or other decorations.

Spotswood will be collecting tress on January 4, 8 and 11. Helmetta residents can leave their trees on the curb for pickup. Milltown tree chipping will start after the New Year's holiday on January 4.