Holiday and Winter Recycling Reminders

The city is pleased to share with residents the following guidelines for holiday and winter recycling provided by the Springfield Materials Recycling Facility (MRF).

The following items are acceptable in the paper recycling mix:

  • corrugated cardboard boxes
  • paperboard gift boxes
  • greeting cards (except those with foil, metallic inks, or glitter)
  • gift wrap, gift bags, tissue wrap (except those with foil, metallic inks, or glitter)
  • paper shopping bags (any type of handle is acceptable)
  • catalogs and calendars

Please do not include the following items in the recycling mix:

  • ribbons, bows, and tinsel
  • packing peanuts and Styrofoam™ (contact a local pack and ship store to inquire about reusable options)
  • holiday lights
  • blister packaging (formed plastic package used to hold toys and electronics)
  • plastic bags (clean, dry plastic bags marked No. 2 or No. 4 recyclable at some retailers)
  • photographs

This list will be available on the city’s website, For additional information, please visit