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GOING GREEN: Recycling for holiday packaging

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If you ship it, you have to pack it as well. During the holiday rush, shipping companies around the world work to minimize the amount of materials they waste in the process. The local Postal Shoppe in Rockford recycles, explaining how customers can too, in this week's Going Green.

"No sense of just putting them out in the garbage," says Ruth Kohlkorst, a customer at the Postal Shoppe. "They could be recycled."

Ruth Kohlkorst is a regular at the Edgebrook Postal Shoppe, coming in weekly to drop off not just boxes to ship, but packing peanuts, to recycle.

"Packaging peanuts, I always say, they're like in-laws," says Larry Hinkle, the Postal Shoppe owner. "They won't go away. You can refill them in many boxes over and over and over again. Any packaging store would recycle packaging peanuts. They'd love to get them because they're the great filler for items that are fragile."

Larry Hinkle runs the Postal Shoppe and welcomes any sort of reusable item. Boxes bubble wrap, styrofoam, and fillers like air bags. But when it comes to reusing a box for something big, Larry says stear clear. It may not hold up, and one more tip on recycled shipping.

"Make sure all your old labels are crossed out, because we have had shipments go back to the customer because it's their name on it," Hinkle says. "UPS drivers will take it and it will show up on their door step the next day."

Hinkle highly suggests recycling after the holidays as well, to cut back on waste from opened gifts.

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