Take a minute and stop waste and prevent a burglary too

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — If you’re enjoying a new television or game console for Christmas, you may want to be careful with what gets left behind.

There are steps everyone may want to take to prevent holiday burglary and unnecessary waste.

Austintown Police say the items you leave outside your house can make you a target for burglars.

“If you have a box for the brand new television you just got, they know what’s inside. There is no guessing to it,” said Austintown Police Lt. Jeff Solic.

The best way to keep yourself safe is to take the boxes from your new gifts to a community recycling drop-off center.

“Anything high-end or high value, you don’t want to advertise to anyone who may be looking to break in to somebody’s house. You don’t want to make it easy for anyone,” said Solic.

But before you take all your packaging to be recycled, the Mahoning County Green Team says to check inside.

“If you’re putting in your television boxes that you got, maybe, over the Christmas season, make sure that it’s free of any of that molded styrofoam. We cannot recover that at all,” said Louie Vega, Mahoning County Green Team.

Vega says this week is the busiest recycling week of the year, but it’s important to keep those items from building up in landfills.

“Pretty much the rule of thumb is: if you purchased it from a grocery store, more than likely it’s recyclable, with the exception of styrofoam products,” said Vega.

And it will keep your holiday season safe and sustainable.

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