December 25, 2005--Posted At 8:10 p.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK--Arkansas waste-disposal officials say the gift-wrapping paper, foam peanuts and plastic bubble wrap discarded after the long holiday weekend is likely to end up in landfills,
not recycling programs.
Brian Taylor, editor of the Cleveland-based Recycling Today trade magazine, says much of that colorful wrapping paper consists of glossy materials that are difficult to recycle. He said wrapping
paper also can contain foil or be contaminated with tape or other nonpaper materials that can't be recycled in the same process used for paper.
Taylor said many cities and waste haulers simply won't accept giftwrap and packing fillers such as foam and bubble wrap because its tough to find markets for them. In Arkansas, Little Rock, North
Little Rock, Fort Smith and Jonesboro won't take such materials for recycling, nor will Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville, Siloam Springs or Elkins.