Strings of lights and electrical cords can tangle in machinery and should be kept of out of recycling carts, but can be recycled at drop-off locations. Check the list below to see what options are available in your county:
The Recycling Association of Minnesota's Recycle your Holidays program has changed, but still offers a list of year-round drop-off locations. Bring strings of working or non-working LED and other types of holiday lights to locations throughout the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota. You also can bring electrical and phone cords but not adapters.
When you're ready to get rid of those other holiday decorations, think about reusing and recycling them rather than throwing them in the garbage. If your decorations are in good shape, consider giving them to a friend or family member who would enjoy them, or donate them to a non-profit or secondhand store.
Wrapping paper is generally not recyclable.Try using other materials like newspaper, comics, maps, magazines, or book pages instead of store-bought wrapping paper.
If you’re going to buy new, look for wrapping paper that contains less ink and no foil as it is more likely to be recyclable. Buy wrapping paper that is made from recycled-content paper. Remember, "recycled" and "recyclable" mean different things and, if you can, find paper that is both recycled and recyclable.