#happylife: Post-Christmas trash, what to toss and which bin it goes in

How to sort post-Christmas trash
A look at Christmas by the numbers

SPOKANE, Wash. — It is December 26, which means Santa Claus is en route to a long vacation, and we are left cleaning up from a day of celebrating.

The day after Christmas, we wake up to bags and bins full of leftover dishes and torn up wrapping paper. It can get overwhelming trying to sort through it all and get it into the correct disposal bins.

Spokane’s waste-to-energy plant has a list to make it easy.


  • Gift wrapping paper
  • Cardboard
  • Paper cards
  • Paper bows, paper ribbons


  • Foil wrapping paper
  • Metallic, pastel ribbons/bows
  • Wrapping paper with glitter glue
  • Tissue paper
  • Canvas/fabric wrap

Rule of thumb: if it’s paper and it’s clean, it’s recyclable. And reuse! If you have any decoration pieces like bows, ribbons, boxes, bags that can still be used again, do it. You’ll save some money and reduce your amount of waste.