SWACO is bracing for another busy holiday recycling season.

SWACO is bracing for another busy holiday recycling season.

The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio is beefing up recycling forces at its 225 drop-off centers throughout the city.

"December's the busiest month, but we always get slammed the week after Christmas," said John Remy, spokesman for the organization. "We're making provisions to make sure everything's taken care of this year."

Recycling has totaled more than 1,110 tons every December since 2007. In fact, the solid waste authority expects to exceed last year's total of 1,336 tons in December, Remy said.

Residents can help the recycling effort. If bins are full at a location, residents are asked to try again later and not set their disposables outside the bins.

They also are encouraged to crush cardboard boxes and remove tape, bows and ribbons from recyclable wrapping paper. Styrofoam, barring food containers, can be taken to Phoenix Recycling, 2040 S. Hamilton Road. Recyclers can also check the SWACO website - www.swaco.org - for additional drop-off sites in their neighborhood.

Christmas trees are considered yard waste and are banned from SWACO's landfill, Remy said. Residents are asked to consult their local municipalities for rules regarding tree disposal.

In Columbus, tree collection is part of curbside yard-waste pickup, said Rick Tilton, deputy director of public service. Trees must be taken to the curb the day of the collection and stripped of all ornamentation, such as garland, bulbs, tinsel and the stand. Trees 8 feet or taller must be cut in half.

Residents are asked not to bag trees in plastic; if they are, they will not be taken, Tilton said.

Remy said the SWACO website also lists places that will accept discarded computers, TVs, cell phones and other unwanted merchandise. He added that SWACO's landfill would be closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day.