winter background with pine needles and pine cones with text Reduce Your Waste This Holiday Season.
December 19, 2022 Uncategorized No Comments

The holiday season is well underway meaning an increase in our recycling and garbage. Zero Waste Canada estimates that from mid-November to mid-January, the average Canadian generates about 25 per cent more trash than during the rest of the year. Here are a few tips to reduce waste and recycle right this holiday season:




  • Always make sure container recycling and paper recycling are kept separate.
  • Use additional blue boxes or reusable containers to set-out extra recycling.  Recyclables in plastic bags will not be collected.
  • Here is how to sort some common Christmas season items:
    • Blue Box (Paper) Recycling: Paper gift wrap & tissue paper, paper gift bags (remove all ropes, bows, ribbons, NO foil wrapping paper)
    • Yellow Bin (Container) Recycling: Cartons (egg nog, milk, etc.), cardboard cans (i.e. juice, peanuts, hot chocolate)
    • Green Cart (Food Waste):  Paper plates & napkins, parchment paper, waxed paper
    • Garbage:  Blister packaging (usually around toys and electronics), Styrofoam, plastic bags, bubble wrap, non-working lights (check with local scrap metal dealers – some will accept electrical cords), broken decorations, clementine boxes (wooden), plastic utensils, bows/ribbons & foil wrapping

Not sure where something goes?  Use our What Goes Where search tool to find out if something belongs in recycling, compost or garbage. 


  • Return eligible beer, wine and liquor containers to the Beer Store for your refund.   When these containers are placed in your recycling bins, especially glass, additional and unnecessary costs are added to your recycling program.  Returning them for your deposit is the best way to recycle them.  Click here for tips on making your returns easier!
  • Natural Christmas trees can be dropped off free of charge at the Waste Recovery Centre during the month of January.  Trees are chipped into mulch and used in the compost process.
  • Curbside Collection of Christmas Trees: Christmas trees are collected in Petawawa, City of Pembroke and Township of Laurentian Valley during the week of January 8 on your REGULAR COLLECTION DAY.   (City of Pembroke & Township of Laurentian Valley Residents: Christmas Tree collection is weather dependent – if significant snowstorm, collection will be rescheduled. Check Municipal websites for more information).
  • Electronic Waste: Did you get a new computer or TV for Christmas?  Drop-off the old one for free at OVWRC year round.
  • Batteries: Do not place batteries in garbage or recycling – they can be brought to the Waste Recovery Centre or dropped off at locations throughout the community. 

Thank you for reducing your waste this holiday season.   Merry Christmas from all of us at Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre!

Updated: December 6, 2023

Written by Elizabeth Graham
Elizabeth Graham has been the Communications Officer at Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre since November 2001. She loves all things up-cycled and re-purposed and enjoys working and volunteering within the community.