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Holiday Recycling

From Thanksgiving to New Year's Day, household waste increases by more than 25%, adding an additional one million tons of waste to America’s landfills each week.

Sources: Reduce.orgCalRecycleUse Less StuffEPA

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.

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For the Curbside Bin

Many holiday waste items are recyclable and can be put in your curbside recycle bin.

See What Belongs

Recycle Elsewhere

Some items cannot go into your curbside recycle bin, but can be recycled elsewhere.

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Recycle your Tree

Find out where to recycle your live Christmas tree locally.

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Tips to Reduce Your Holiday Waste


Go Green with Gifts

Look for gifts with minimal packaging, items that are made from recycled materials, or are produced locally.


Conserve Energy

Use LED lights and put lights on timers to turn on at dusk and off at bedtime. Leaving holiday lights on for 24 hours will quadruple energy costs and produce 4x more pollution than necessary! 


Eco-Friendly Gifts

Consider gifts with a smaller eco-footprint: Tickets to an event, movie, or show are excellent choices.


Be Mindful of Food Waste

The holiday season means even more wasted food. Save money, water, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by wasting less!

  • Plan meals ahead of time and buy only what you need
  • Send leftovers home with guests and get creative with recipes that use leftovers
  • Compost the rest

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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! 

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For the Curbside Bin


Wrapping Paper

Reuse wrapping paper or recycle in your curbside bin, or in the paperboard bin (Containers #4 & #5) at the City’s Timberline Recycling CenterDo not include metallic wrapping paper, ribbons or bows.


Tissue Paper

Reuse tissue wrapping paper or recycle in your curbside recycle bin, or in the paperboard bin (Containers #4 & #5) at the City’s Timberline Recycling CenterDo not include glitter, ribbons, or bows.



Recycle cardboard in your curbside bin, or at the City’s Timberline Recycling CenterDisposing of cardboard in the trash is illegal in Fort Collins under the 2013 Cardboard Ordinance.

Recycle Elsewhere



Take batteries to the Hard-to-Recycle Materials Yard at the City’s Timberline Recycling Center or the Larimer County Household Hazardous Waste Facility


Holiday Lights & Extension Cords

Recycle strings of lights and extension cords at scrap metal recyclers. 

View Locations for Holiday Lights


Plastic Bags

Recycle clean, dry, empty, plastic bags at grocery stores, specific retail stores, and at the City’s Timberline Recycling Center.

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Styrofoam & Packing Peanuts

Block Styrofoam can be recycled in Boulder at EcoCycle or thrown in the trash.  Foam peanuts can be reused at these Fort Collins Locations or thrown in the trash.

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Disposing of electronics in the trash or in your curbside recycle bin is illegal in Colorado due to the toxicity of their components. 

View Electronics Recyclers


Cooking Oil

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. Do not put fats, oils, and grease down the drain.

Locations to Recycle Used Cooking Oil

Recycle Your Tree


Recycle your live Christmas tree at the drop off locations listed below. Fees apply, contact specific location for details. Be sure to remove all items from tree before dropping off, including: lights, wire, hooks, ornaments, tinsel, and fake snow.

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