As you clean up the inevitable mess after opening presents Christmas morning, the city of Hattiesburg encourages you to set aside recyclable materials for its one-day-only recycling event.
"We want to capture as much of that recyclable material and recycle it so it doesn't have to go into a dump somewhere," Hattiesburg's sustainability clerk Marie Harris said.
The Stuff-a-Truck with Recycling event, organized by the recycling division of the Public Works Department, will be held Monday, Dec. 28 at Kamper Park from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
"We produce more waste during the holiday season," Harris said.
The free event is open to all residents of Hattiesburg.
Harris said there will be bins where residents can drop off cardboard, paper and gift wrap, plastic packaging and containers and metal food and beverage containers.
It is not necessary to separate items prior to recycling them, but Harris said any items with food or drink on them should be rinsed first.
Harris said curbside recycling would not be affected by this recycling event, as this is an opportunity for all residents to recycle.
The curbside program has 1,890 participants, which is just shy of the department's goal of 2,000 registered households.
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