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Thursday, January 26, 2023

Marion County offers disposal tips for holiday waste

As residents prepare to celebrate the Christmas holiday this weekend, Marion County is providing tips for proper disposal of holiday-related waste.

According to Marion County, residents can place the following items in their household garbage:

  • Non-rechargeable household batteries (AA, AAA, C, and D).
  • Christmas ribbons and bows.
  • Styrofoam and packing peanuts.
  • Fake Christmas trees.

These items are recommended for disposal at a recycling center:

  • Rechargeable batteries – can be placed in the hazardous waste shed at any recycling center.
  • Electronics – can be placed in the electronics box at the following locations: Baseline, Dunnellon, Forest Corners, Fort McCoy, Martel, Newton, and Weirsdale.
  • Cardboard – can be placed in the single-stream recycling containers at any recycling center.
  • Christmas cards – can be placed in the single-stream recycling containers at any recycling center.
  • Wrapping paper – can be placed in the single-stream recycling containers at any recycling center.
  • Plastic shopping bags – can be recycled at participating department and grocery stores.
  • Christmas lights – can be placed in the metal bin at any recycling center or into the electronics box at the following locations: Baseline, Dunnellon, Forest Corners, Fort McCoy, Martel, Newton, and Weirsdale.
  • Real Christmas trees with the decorations removed – can be placed in the yard waste area at any recycling center.

All Marion County Solid Waste Recycling Centers will be open on Monday, December 26 and Monday, January 2, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Recycling Centers will close at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 24 and Saturday, December 31. The facilities will be closed on Sunday, December 25 and Sunday, January 1 in observance of Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Marion County recycling centers are open to residents of unincorporated Marion County. Electronics recycling events are open to residents of unincorporated Marion County and the City of Ocala.

Residents who live outside of the county, or within other municipalities, can take advantage of these opportunities through the purchase of an annual recycling center permit.

For more information, visit the Marion County Environmental Services webpage.