A green Christmas: Extra bins to handle post-holiday recycling

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Christmas presents inevitably lead to Christmas trash, but there’s a new plan to handle this year’s yuletide rubbish.
By Christmas Day, Waste Management will place green bins with yellow tops at sites throughout Tupelo to collect recyclable materials, including boxes and wrapping paper.
“We’ll be putting them out on December 23 or 24,” said Kevin Shackelford, Waste Management district manager for north Mississippi. “We’ll leave them out a couple of weeks after Christmas.”
The temporary drop-off bins will be placed at Nichols Park, Hancock Park, Ballard Park, Veterans Park and Front Street.
In addition, two full-time recycling bins are open at Tupelo Fire Station No. 6 on Coley Road and near the city compost pile on Commerce Street.
Greg Miley, public sector representative for Waste Management, said the bins also could help with security.
“People won’t be able to look at the boxes stacked outside and know what’s inside the house,” he said.
Waste Management performs the same service for other cities, but this is the first time the extra bins will be used in Tupelo. They’re the same recycling bins as the ones used at area businesses.
Sherrie Cochran, environmental planner and executive director of Keep Tupelo Beautiful, said the holiday bins are another step toward “Tupelo becoming a more green city.”
She added that the city compost pile on Commerce will take natural Christmas trees after the holiday. All ornaments and lights should be removed before a tree is dropped off.
“We’ll use them to make fish habitat,” she said. “That’s how we recycle them.”
scott.morris@journalinc.com