Where does all the holiday trash go?

By: Jim Freeman
By: Jim Freeman

Knoxville (WVLT) Right now we're all busy mailing those Christmas cards, wrapping presents, and getting set for Christmas.

But when the cards come out of the envelopes and the gift paper is ripped off, where does it all go?

Here's one name you can mark off your "giving" list this Christmas season.

The landfill.

Instead, give to the recycle center.

Merry Drew says, "this is a good time of year to think about this think about other people not having to pick up after you along the highway."

And, of course, we all get loads of boxes during the holiday season, but recycling, it's fairly easy.

It just takes a little bit of effort."

John Moxham says, "well, if you bring it here, you got a little problem. But you need to exert a little effort."

Effort that pays off for the City of Knoxville.

John Homa is a solid waste reduction specialist with the City of Knoxville and says, "we may get back $25 a ton or more."

Multiply that by 1,100 tons a year, and you're talking about almost $30,000 dollars.

Not to mention helping the environment.

Brad Oehlmann of Circuit City says, "we take every effort to recycle every piece that we have, try to take care of the environment the best we can."

Homa continues, "typically, the month of December and January are our higher numbers because we got a lot more material being exchanged out there for Christmas."

All the more reason why even businesses like Circuit City go the extra mile when it comes to cardboard disposal.

Brad Oehlmann of Circuit City says, "we have a machine, a bailer, that we put the cardboard in and crushes it to a cube."

So when it comes to what you can do with your Christmas cardboard.

Gil Draper says, "hmmm. Just do it."

John Moxham says, "it's part of your citizens' duty."

Merry Drew says, "just do it. Do your part."

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