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It's the week before Christmas and already there is holiday waste showing up at the Shoreline Transfer Station.

On the same day Washington State announced we are, for the first time, recycling more waste than we throw away, King County officials are warning that Americans produce 20 percent more waste during the holidays than the rest of the year.

But it doesn't have to be that way. The County is hoping we don't lose our recycling commitment in the mountain of wrapping paper left in our living rooms Christmas morning.

Just about everything under the tree and the tree itself are recyclable, compostable or reusable. You get new electronics, don't toss the old ones, recycle them at area shops.

Paper wrapping paper goes into regular recycle bin. Foil wrapping still goes in the trash. Leftover holiday meals go into yard waste bins, and there are even places to take all that polystyrene foam left over from the packaging.

You can find out where to take it all on the County's Green Holiday website.

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