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December 26, 2003

Thomasville - Christmas has passed. You're done opening the packages, but what do you do with the things that were in them? Not the presents, the peanuts, packing peanuts.

Rosemary Spencer reuses hers. "If somebody sends me a box of foam peanuts, then I just use them when I send a box," she says. "I don't usually go out and buy them because I have them on hand."

But foam peanuts can be messy, even dangerous for children, so if you keep them put them in a safe place. Spencer says, "They need to be supervised to be sure little tiny ones don't get it, or that children don't use them for the wrong purpose."

But everyone wants to keep their peanuts, and you shouldn't just throw them away, but what can you do with them?

Many shipping stores like UPS will actually take the peanuts back and recycle them, or, like Rosemary, you can keep them for your next package.

posted at 5:33 PM by karen.collier@walb.com