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Holiday Recycling

Recycle your Christmas tree at various drop-off locations around Fort Collins from December 26, 2017 – January 15, 2018. Be sure to remove all items from tree before dropping off, including: lights, wire, hooks, ornaments, tinsel, and fake snow.

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

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.

View a printable version of our holiday guide.

How To Reduce Your Holiday Waste


Go Green with Gifts

Look for 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.

Holiday Feast

Be Mindful of Food Waste

Plan meals ahead of time and buy only what you need. Learn more food-saving tips.

Two tickets

Eco-Friendly Gifts

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

Leftover food

Send Leftovers Home with Holiday Dinner Guests

Learn more food-saving tips & tricks by visiting the City’s Save Your Food page.

Recycling gift card

Give the Gift of Recycling

Give the gift of recycling: Purchase an entry certificate to the Hard-to-Recycle Materials Yard at the Timberline Recycling Center for just $5.

Wrapping paper

Wrapping Paper

Recycle wrapping paper in your curbside bin, or in the paperboard bin at the City’s Timberline Recycling CenterDo not include metallic wrapping paper, ribbons or bows.

Tissue paper

Tissue Paper

Recycle tissue paper in your curbside recycle bin, or in the paperboard bin at the City’s Timberline Recycling CenterDo not include glitter, ribbons, or bows.

Child playing in cardboard


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 2013Cardboard Ordinance

Holiday lights

Holiday Lights & Extension Cords

Recycle strings of lights and extension cords at scrap metal recyclers. View locations that accept holiday lights.

Cooking oil in a pan

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.

Used cooking oil is also accepted at these locations.

Stack of computers


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

Bucket of batteries


Take batteries to the hard-to-recycle materials yard at the City’s Timberline Recycling Center or the Larimer County Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

Plastic bag

Plastic Bags

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

Cat in packing peanuts

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.