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Recycling Your Christmas Trees And Other Holiday Items

January 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

Here we will tell you about recycling your Christmas trees and other holiday items.

Christmas Tree Recycling
It’s the same story every year after the holidays — tons of materials from the celebrations end up being dumped in our landfills. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 33 million live Christmas trees decorate North American homes every year. While many of us do recycle Christmas trees and other holiday waste, an estimated 15 million of these trees are still deposited in landfills throughout the U.S.

Where to recycle Christmas trees

Be sure to clean your tree of all decorations, garland, and tinsel and remove it from the stand before disposal. There are a number of drop-off ‘treecycling’ locations that will accept these trees or if it’s available in your area, you can have it recycled through the curbside pickup.

In Houston, for example, the city’s Solid Waste Management Department provides drop-off points for all city residents. In Portland, a number of community groups and nonprofits offer Christmas tree and wreath pick-up services as part of their holiday fundraising projects.

If you’re not sure, contact your hauler for details and restrictions. Collected Christmas trees are usually sent to a green waste processor facility to be turned into compost and other mulch products effectively freeing space in the local landfills.

Packing Materials

Packing peanuts, rigid foam packing, bubble wrap, and other packaging materials are usually accepted by the nearest shipping store like UPS or mailbox outlet in your area. Just make sure that the materials are clean for reuse.


Boxes are excellent for reuse as storage receptacles or can be stored for your future shipments. If you want to dispose of these, cut or break down and flatten bulky cardboard boxes before having these picked up at the curbside.

Christmas Lights

Many cities and counties usually have seasonal Christmas lights recycling programs. If your community doesn’t have one, you can take them to some locations (Lowe’s and Crown-ACE Hardware stores, for example) that accept holiday lights for recycling or you can ship them to Holiday LEDS in Michigan for proper disposal.

Holiday Decorations

These are designed to last for years but sometimes you just grow tired of the old holiday ornaments. If these are still presentable for reuse, you don’t need to trash them. Just post a notice on Freecycle, your community message board, or social media profile. Chances are, someone — a friend of a friend, perhaps — would want those to help bring some cheer to their holiday next year.

via cawrecycles.org

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