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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.org, CalRecycle, Use Less Stuff, EPA
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
Look for gifts with minimal packaging, items that are made from recycled materials, or are produced locally.
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!
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
For the Curbside Bin
Holiday Lights & Extension Cords
Recycle strings of lights and extension cords at scrap metal recyclers.
Disposing of electronics in the trash or in your curbside recycle bin is illegal in Colorado due to the toxicity of their components.
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.
- Timberline Recycling Center Hard-to-Recycle Materials Yard: $5 entry fee applies, plus additional fees
- Hagamen Earth Cycle
- Larimer County Landfill: Green Waste Drop-off