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.
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#
For the Curbside Bin#
These items can go in your curbside recycle bin.
Cardboard boxes in good shape can be reused. Consider posting boxes on Craigslist, Nextdoor or Facebook Marketplace for those who can reuse them.
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.
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.