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Holiday recycling reminders for Scott County residents

November 22, 2013
Household waste in the United States increases by more than 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, creating an extra one million tons of garbage each week. The good news? Locally, much of this waste may be recycled!


Scott County residents may recycle many holiday items through curbside and drop-off recycling programs. Items that may be recycled include the following:

  • boxes from electronics, toys, shoes and shirts
  • empty wrapping paper tubes
  • gift/shopping bags made of paper
  • tissue paper
  • greeting cards and envelopes (even photo cards)
  • newspapers
  • advertisements
  • magazines and catalogs
  • #1 and #2 plastics
  • glass food and beverage containers
  • steel cans
  • popcorn and cookie tins
  • aluminum cans and pie plates
Corrugated cardboard boxes should be broken down, flattened, bundled with ties or tape, and placed next to your recycling cart. Bundles should no larger than 36 inches in any direction and weigh no more than 50 pounds each.

Residents should be aware that not all holiday waste may be recycled. Items that may not be recycled include the following:

  • wrapping paper
  • bows and ribbons
  • Styrofoam
  • plastic film
  • artificial Christmas trees
These items are considered contaminants to the recycling process and should not be placed in curbside or drop-off recycling containers.


Curbside pickup of live trees: Residents of Davenport and Bettendorf may dispose of live Christmas trees on their scheduled collection days Dec. 26-Jan. 17. There is no charge for tree pickup within this window. Trees must be free of lights, decor and stands. Do not bag trees.

Reuse for artificial trees: Have an artificial tree you don't want, but that's still in good condition? Please consider donating it to Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities' ReStore, located at 3629 Mississippi Ave., Davenport. For information about donating your tree, please call ReStore at (563) 391-4949 or visit www.restoreqc.org.


    Strands of holiday lights also are being accepted. These lights—along with computers, monitors, televisions, printers, digital cameras and video game systems—are considered electronic waste, or e-waste. These items may be dropped off for recycling from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Electronic Demanufacturing Facility, 1048 East 59th St., Davenport. There is no charge to residents from Scott and Rock Island counties. However, fees apply for e-waste from businesses. Call (563) 823-0119 for more information.

    The cities of Bettendorf and Davenport collect large e-waste items (but not holiday lights) at the curb from residents on their bulky waste/recycling days and deliver them to the Electronic Demanufacturing Facility for recycling.

    For more information about holiday recycling, please call (563) 386-9575 or check the recycling page.

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