In our last issue we showed you the magic of the big sorting machine. What's not so magical: when ribbons or glitter get into its gears. Remember, these items can get tangled in the machinery, which creates safety hazards for people working the machine and can even cause the machinery to shut down completely. Please keep those stringy things and other tiny bits (I'm looking at you, tinsel!) out of your blue recycling cart.
While you're at it, keep greenery displays natural so they can happily compost. Use trimmings from your tree, dried fruit or pinecones for alternatives to synthetic decorations. If you do use store-bought decor, make sure that you remove any wires, tape or other non-compostable materials before you drop wreaths or garlands in your green organics cart (and skip the snow spray altogether!).