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

You’ve got lots of options! Bring real Christmas trees to one of four places around Summit County. All ornaments, tinsel, lights, etc. must be removed. Wreaths are not allowed. Keep your tree out of the landfill by checking out these Christmas tree drop-off locations.

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

String Lights

  • Old or broken lights can be recycled at Lowes in Silverthorne during business hours. The collection bin is located next to the customer service desk
  • Lights can be recycled as electronic waste at the Summit County Resource Allocation Park in Keystone Monday to Saturday 7 a.m. – 4 p.m

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