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Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) — It’s the start of Christmas. Trees are cut down, gifts are wrapped, and food is ready to be eaten; but once that’s over, all you’re left with is trash.

“The holidays are big for us,” said Norman Dunagan, owner of Dumpster Depot. A one-stop-shop for everything you need to get rid of after the holidays.

“We’ll either have one for cardboard and all wrapping paper and we’ll have one for Christmas tree recycling,” said Dunagan.

Dumpster Depot can pretty much put anything to use.

“We’re always taking grease or oil. We turn that oil into diesel fuel that we run our trucks on… One gallon of oil put in the wrong place can contaminate 10,000 gallons of water,” said Dunagan.

And not only are you helping the environment, our local economy benefits as well.

“Imagine this, if you throw something away it’s gone forever, if we put it back as a recyclable, then you’re creating 16 jobs here to go through our recycle line,” said Dunagan.

And don’t worry about sorting through all the stuff yourself, the professionals will handle that.

“Today they’re much more forgiving they’re really trying to increase the recycle rate so they’re willing to put up with the little things that used to keep people from recycling,” said Dunagan.

So when you’re stuck with a big mess after Christmas, send in the stuff you don’t want and soon it’ll be put to use.

Also, remember you can still use your own curbside recycling for paper. Most places want the wrapping paper to be folded and not crumbled, so remember that when unwrapping presents.

Dumpster Depot will have drop-offs for Christmas trees on January 7, 2017 in Aiken and Augusta. Times and locations are still to be determined.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will also take Christmas trees starting today through Wednesday, Jan. 11 at Riverside Middle School in Evans. The old trees will be used to build fish habitats in Strom Thurmond Lake.

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