Stuff your recycling cart for the holidays

The morning celebration is over, but now there’s a lot of trash. So what do you do?

Hillsborough County officials are reminding residents that many traditional trash items created during the holidays can actually be recycled. That includes:

• Clean paperboard boxes, like cereal and food boxes
• Mail, magazines, newspapers and advertising
• Writing papers, pads and notes
• Flattened corrugated cardboard boxes
• Brown paper bags
• Aluminum cans and foil
• Steel and tin cans
• Glass bottles and jars
• Plastic bottles, jugs and containers, including foamed polystyrene and styrofoam
• Plastic film and packaging
• Grocery and shopping bags
• Liquid food containers and gable-top cartons, like milk and juice boxes

For those living in Hillsborough County, at least, recycling that can’t be collected by the typical recycling cart can be dropped off for free at community collection centers, including Hillsborough Heights on County Road 579 in Seffner, Northwest County on Linebaugh Avenue in Tampa, and South County on U.S. 41 in Gibsonton.

Those centers are open Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except for Christmas and New Year’s days.

For details on recycling, or where to find centers, visit, or call (813) 272-5680.

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