Christmas has come and gone, but the clean-up is just getting underway in Saskatchewan.

Holiday recycling tips

You can recycle in blue cart:

  • Gift and packing paper
  • Paper gift tags
  • Boxes
  • Greeting cards 
  • Clean metal cookie or chocolate containers
  • Plastic packaging (No. 1 to 7)
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Shredded paper (bag and tie)
  • Shrink wrap (bag and tie)

Do not recycle:

  • Ribbons and bows
  • Aluminum or shiny gift and packing paper
  • Styrofoam and uncoded plastic
  • Ornaments

(Source: City of Saskatoon)

Many families are surrounded with Christmas wrapping paper, boxes, bags, and everything else used to decorate presents. As the clean-up begins, people are being encouraged more than ever to divert all that waste from the landfill.

Regina resident Stacey Ferguson said recycling is important to her family.

"It is just about teaching my kids, although I think they know from public school, obviously it's good for the environment the more that doesn't go back into it," Ferguson said. "They are very good about it."

Wrapping paper, gift bags, cards and tags can all be recycled. Plastic can also be recycled if it is labelled number one through seven.

Items like aluminum paper, lights, ornaments, and uncoded plastic wrap must be tossed out. 

People are also encouraged to keep items like bows, ribbons, and gift bags to be used next year.

Regina resident Monica Lysak said recycling is more important now than ever.

"We all have to start paying more attention to what is happening to the Earth," Lysak said. "It is disastrous and there are so many easy things that we can do. And we are going to have to call on our governments to step up and make changes for the bigger things that we can't do."

You can also recycle clean tin cookie and chocolate containers instead of throwing them in the garbage.

Tree recycling in Saskatoon and Regina

If you're already thinking of taking down and tossing out your Christmas tree, there are a number of temporary drop-off sites in both Saskatoon in Regina.

In Saskatoon, the city will be collecting live trees from December 26 to January 31 at the following locations:

  • Primrose Drive Recycling Depot (next to Lawson Civic Centre)
  • Edmonton Avenue Recycling Depot (at Edmonton Ave. and Avenue P)
  • Meadowgreen Recycling Depot (22nd St. and Witney Ave.)
  • Lowe Road Recycling Depot (Attridge Dr. and Lowe Road)
  • George Ward Pool parking lot (5th St. E. and Grosvenor Ave.)
  • Wildwood Golf Course parking lot (8th St. E.)
  • Doukhobor Cultural Society of Saskatchewan parking lot (17th St. W. and Avenue I)

In Regina, tree recycling bins will be available from December 27 to February 2 at the following locations:

  • Sandra Schmirler Leisure Centre (3130 Woodhams Dr.)
  • Optimist Arena (222 Sunset Dr.)
  • Joanne Goulet golf course (8045 Kestral Dr.) 
  • Regina landfill (Fleet St.)