Recycle your live Christmas tree at the drop-off locations listed below. Fees apply, contact the specific location for details.*
Be sure to remove all items from the tree before dropping off, including: lights, wire, hooks, ornaments, tinsel, and fake snow.
- Timberline Recycling Center Hard-to-Recycle Materials Yard: $10 fee ($5 entry fee, plus $5 per tree). View Fees
- Ewing Landscape Materials: $5 per tree
- Larimer County Landfill Green Waste Program: $5 per tree from December 26 - January 16
*Free drop-off program for trees will not be available this year. The previous drop-off locations in city parks will not be operational.
Learn how to recycle your holiday waste with this guide. Looking for ways to recycle other materials? Check out our A-Z Recycling List and our curbside recycling guidelines.
For the Curbside Bin
Many holiday waste items are recyclable and can be put in your curbside recycle bin.
Some items cannot go into your curbside recycle bin, but can be recycled elsewhere.
Recycle your Tree
Find out where to recycle your live Christmas tree locally.
Tips to Reduce Your Holiday Waste#
Go Green with Gifts#
Consider repairing a well-loved item or shopping at thrift stores for gifts. Look for gifts with minimal or recyclable packaging and items made from recycled materials or produced locally.
Add a reusable bag, scarf, or towel to your gift, and use it as wrapping! Reuse old gift bags or wrap gifts in colorful fabric scraps, maps, comics, and posters.
Use LED lights and put lights on timers to turn on at dusk and off at bedtime. Leaving holiday lights on for 24 hours quadruples energy costs and produces 4x more pollution!
Be Mindful of Food Waste#
Give the Gift of Recycling#
Give the gift of recycling: Purchase an entry certificate to the Timberline Recycling Center's Hard-to-Recycle Materials Yard for just $5!
For the Curbside Bin#
These items can go in your curbside recycle bin.
Reuse wrapping paper if you can! It can also be recycled in your curbside bin, or in the Low-Grade Mixed Paper Bin (Containers #4 & #5) at the City’s Timberline Recycling Center. No metallic wrapping paper, ribbons or bows.
Reuse tissue wrapping paper if you can! It can also be recycled in your curbside recycle bin, or in the Low-Value Mixed Paper Bin (Containers #4 & #5) at the City’s Timberline Recycling Center. No tissue paper with glitter.
Cardboard boxes in good shape can be reused. Consider posting boxes on Craigslist, Nextdoor or Facebook Marketplace for those who can reuse them.
Cardboard can also be recycled in your curbside bin, or at the City’s Timberline Recycling Center. Disposing of cardboard in the trash is illegal in Fort Collins under the 2013 Cardboard Ordinance.
These items cannot go into your curbside recycle bin, but can be recycled elsewhere at certain locations.
Take batteries to the Timberline Recycling Center Hard-to-Recycle Materials Yard or the Larimer County Household Hazardous Waste Facility.
Holiday Lights & Extension Cords
Recycle strings of lights and extension cords at scrap metal recyclers.
Recycle clean, dry, empty, plastic bags at many grocery stores, specific retail stores, and at the City’s Timberline Recycling Center.
Styrofoam & Packing Peanuts
Block Styrofoam can be recycled in Boulder at Eco-Cycle or thrown in the trash. Foam peanuts can be reused at these Fort Collins Locations or thrown in the trash.
Disposing of electronics in the trash or in your curbside recycle bin is illegal in Colorado due to the toxicity of their components.
For a $5 entry fee, you can drop off used cooking oil in a clear, sealed container at the City’s Timberline Recycling Center Hard-to-Recycle Materials Yard. Limit 5 gallons.
Do not put fats, oils, and grease down the drain.