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Don’t Sweep Your Fireworks under the Rug (of Snow)

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Don’t Sweep Your Fireworks under the Rug (of Snow)

New Year’s Eve, Reykjavík

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The City of Reykjavík reminds residents to clean up after New Year’s Eve by picking up their used fireworks and throwing them into the garbage.

Most of the fireworks waste is made of plastic, paper, wood and clay, which is safe to put in your regular garbage can. Larger cake fireworks, too bulky for your trash can, can be brought to Sorpa’s recycling stations. Unused fireworks must be disposed of with toxic waste at Sorpa.

Although city workers have cleaned up fireworks waste in certain public areas, residents are responsible for cleaning up in their yards and on their streets.

Take a look in your yard and on your street. The trash may have been conveniently covered by a layer of snow in the New Year, but rest assured it’s still there waiting for you. Don’t procrastinate until the spring to clean it up.

A total of 544 tons of fireworks were imported to Iceland last year.

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