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Show Your Love for the Environment This Valentine’s Day

Celebrating Valentine’s Day is a great way to show your love to your friends and family. It’s also a great time to show your love to our Planet by recycling correctly. Republic Services has put together some top tips to show Mother Nature some love this Valentine’s Day.

Cards. The great thing about exchanging cards for the holiday of love is that you can typically recycle your cards after the holiday. However, if your cards have embellishments (like glitter, foils, and other additions), you’re better off keeping those as keepsakes as they can’t be recycled. The adorable cards that talk and sing? The tiny batteries that power those cards can ignite when compressed and cause the bad kind of sparks, resulting in a fire. These fun cards need to be treated as batteries and recycled or disposed of safely.

Chocolate Candy. It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without a heart-shaped box of chocolates, but did you know that the shrink-wrapped plastic on these boxes can’t be recycled? And, if your cardboard box of chocolate candies has any food residue, it must be thrown away in your garbage. Food residue on boxes could contaminate your entire recycling bin.

Flowers.  Your beautiful bouquet is a symbol of love, but that bouquet doesn’t include a recycling symbol. So, what can you do with your Valentine’s Day flowers after the holiday? You can include them with your yard waste or compost them.

Download PDF: Recycle Tips for Valentines Day