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Christmas Tree Recycling

IMG_5538It’s always a bit depressing taking down the Christmas tree and packing away holiday decorations, but it’s even sadder when you have to plop your tree by the garbage bin and wait for it to be carted off to the landfill, droopy branches and all. But, just like last year, the city of Paris can save your tree from this gloomy fate. Now through mid January,  the Mairie de Paris has set up dozens of locations throughout the city where you can take your tree (minus any and all decorations) to be recycled. The recycled trees will be used as compost and mulch in the Parisian gardens. The list of recycling points can be found here.   (Scroll to the  bottom of the page.)


Tips for Getting Your New Year Off to a Good Start

Bonne année à tous!  Here are a couple of short items that will help you get off to a good start in 2011.

Les Soldes d’Hiver:  Yes, the annual winter sales start in Paris on January 12th at 8 a.m. and run until Tuesday the 15th of February.  Now is the time to make your plan of attack or risk losing out on the best deals or your favorite pair of shoes.   To get started, take a look at what Amy Thomas, a Posted in Paris contributor,  had to say in her article  on the Girls Guide to Paris site last spring.  (Spring, winter — what’s the difference?!)   And don’t forget: pretty much everything is on sale during les soldes, not just clothes.  It’s also a great time to buy housewares such as Gien porcelain, Jacquard Français linens, or any other French souvenirs you might have been eyeing.

Recycle Your Christmas Tree:  The city of Paris has set up 95 recycling points around the city through January 23.  (If you leave your tree on the curb by your building, it’s going to go into a landfill.)  To find a recycling point near you, go to this page on the city’s Web site and then download the .pdf file.   Your tree should be naked — no ornaments, no bags, and no flocking.

Catch Up on the Movies You Missed This Year:  From January 12th through the 18th, the UGC cinema chain and Le Figaro are teaming up to provide showings of 26 films considered among the best of 2010.  (Some of these released later in France than in the U.S. so don’t be surprised to see some of the 2010 Oscar winners among them.)  Best yet:  tickets are only 3 euros.   You can find more information here:  http://www.ugc.fr/typepage.do?alias=lesincontournables .  If your French isn’t quite up to snuff, check to be sure that any English language films are showing in VO (version originale).

Trash Collection and Recycling in the City of Paris

by A. Letkemann

Green lid = trash; yellow lid=non glass recyclables

The city of Paris picks up trash daily and recycling twice a week with the schedule differing by arrondissement. In apartment buildings, the gardienne is typically responsible for taking the bins out to the street for pickup by the city crew. Your responsibility is to make sure that you separate trash from recycling and dispose of all your household waste properly.

Never fear. Recycling in Paris is easy and straightforward! There are three different kinds of waste bins, each for a different kind of waste:

Solid green bins are for non-recyclable waste, with the exception of dangerous materials (such as toxic chemicals, needles, and batteries).

Green bins with white lids are for recyclable glass items. Please note that mirrors, porcelain, pyrex and earthenware dishes and flower pots, windowpanes, and light bulbs are strictly prohibited. These items are non-recyclable and should be placed in the solid green bins. Corks and lids should be removed and placed in the solid green and yellow lid bins, respectively.

All other recyclable materials should be put in the green bins with yellow lids: paper, plastic, and metal. Products soiled with food (such as pizza boxes and juice cartons) plastic bags, magazines wrapped in plastic, wallpaper, and diapers are all non-recyclable. Please put these in solid green trash bins.

Dangerous, toxic products such as medications and batteries can also be recycled fairly easily. For medications, needles, and syringes, contact your pharmacy who can either recycle them for you or point you in the right direction, depending on the item. Toxic paints and solvents, mercury, and other chemicals can be taken to waste reception centers (déchetteries) in the 13th, 15th, 18th, and 20th arrondissements, or can be picked up from your home by calling 01 43 61 57 36. Batteries can also be dropped off at the waste reception centers as well as in many supermarkets.

For everything you need to know about recycling, visit the city of Paris Web site by clicking here.

Bulk Trash

The city of Paris offers free curbside pick-up of bulky items such as furniture or electronics equipment. The service is generally offered twice each week with varying times for each area. For pick-up details in your area or to make an appointment on line, visit dechets.paris.fr or call 01 55 74 44 60 for direct information and scheduling.

Note that it is against the law to place oversized items on the curb without preauthorization.