FPC slates events

Seasonal events are currently under way at the Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., and will continue through Jan. 3.

Highlights include hundreds of poinsettias, the traditional 15-foot poinsettia tree, a model garden railway, Candlelight Nights, family activities and special performances, all taking place while "Chihuly Reimagined" remains on view.

For a full schedule of holiday events, visit http://www.fpconservatory.org/holidays.html.

SWACO offers tips

The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio has provided Franklin County residents with several tips to maximize recycling efforts during the upcoming holidays. Cardboard boxes should be crushed or flattened before being dropped off at SWACO centers.

When purchasing gifts, look for products with recycled packaging and evaluate a product's durability. Consider purchasing items made of recycled content and use reusable shopping bags. Wrapping paper may be recycled as long it is not made of plastic or foil. All bows, ribbons and cellophane tape must be removed. Holiday greeting cards (no foil) and envelopes are recyclable. Holiday catalog and advertising slicks may be recycled after the name and address have been removed. Old televisions, computers and other products may be recycled. SWACO's Web site, www.swaco.org a list of local e-waste businesses that will help ensure these items have a second life. SWACO does not accept polystyrene packing peanuts. Many shipping and packaging stores will accept these peanuts for reuse. Newspapers are a packing material that can be recycled. Holiday trees are considered yard waste and yard waste is banned from SWACO's Franklin County Landfill. Residents should check with the public service department of their communities.