Holiday Recycling Tips

While the holiday season brings family traditions and joyful celebrations, it also brings a whole lot of waste to our landfill. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s, Americans throw away 25% more trash than any other time of year. In just two months, this extra waste amounts to 25 million tons of garbage sent to the landfill.

Here are some holiday recycling tips to help you celebrate the season while caring for the Earth.

Christmas Trees

Artificial Trees

  • Resell it online if it is in good condition
  • Donate to a local non-profit, church, or charity, or give it away to a friend
  • Re-purpose your tree – use it to make wreaths or garland

Real Trees

  • Bring real Christmas trees to one of four places around Summit County. All ornaments, tinsel, lights, etc. must be removed. Wreaths are not allowed.
    Drop-off Location Information

String Lights & Wrapping Paper Recycling

  • String lights can be recycled as electronic waste at the Summit County Resource Allocation Park in Keystone, Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturdays 7 a.m. to noon.
  • Not all paper is created equally. Click on the video to see if your wrapping paper passes the recycling test. Even better? Repurpose old newspapers, reuse gift bags, or even wrap your gifts in a tea towel to cut down on all that wrapping paper waste.

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