Holiday Tree Disposal

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How do I dispose of my Christmas tree if I have residential curbside service?

Single family residences with curbside collection service may place Christmas trees curbside on their regularly scheduled yard waste collection day and the tree will be collected free of charge.  Trees must be free of all decorations including lights, tinsel, ornaments, etc.  Do not wrap trees in plastic.  Trees over six feet in length must be cut in half.

Trees should be placed curbside before 6:00 a.m. on your yard waste collection day (but no earlier than 6:00 p.m. the evening prior).

I live in a condominium with commercial service, how do I dispose of my Christmas tree?

Multi-family complexes - those with dumpster and compactor service - contact your property management.  Do not place trees in dumpsters or compactors.

  • Christmas trees may also be taken to one of Collier County's Recycling Drop-off Centers at no charge.

What do I do with my cardboard and Christmas gift boxes?

Christmas gift boxes can be reused or be placed in your recycling cart.  Cardboard boxes will only be recycled if broken down flat.  Cut large boxes in a size not to exceed 3 feet by 3 feet.  Flatten and place small boxes into your recycling cart.  Make sure the cardboard does not stop other recyclables from being emptied.  Remove all paper and/or packing material.  You may place large flattened cardboard next to your recycling cart on the day your recycling is collected.  Remember that if you choose not to break down your boxes or place them in your recycling cart, they will not be recycled.

How do I recycle Christmas wrapping paper?

Most wrapping paper is fully recyclable and may be placed in your curbside recycling cart.  Wrapping material that is not recyclable and must be disposed of in the trash include: 

- Ribbon Wrapping Paper

- Bows

- Tissue Paper

- Flocked wrapping paper

- Foiled wrapping paper

- Glittered wrapping paper


Here are a few ideas on how to have a more environmentally friendly holiday season.Holiday Gift Bags

  • Wrap gifts in creative wrapping paper substitutes, such as decorated brown paper grocery bags, children's art work, old maps, newspapers, Sunday comics, or holiday gift bags that can be reused.  Reusing gift bags is a great way to recycle over and over again.
  • Shipping boxes can also be recycled.  The reuse of shipping boxes is fairly easy.  Simply cut open the box, flip it inside out, and then use non-toxic paint to decorate the outside of the box.
  • If you use traditional wrapping, look for recycled-content wrapping paper.
  • If you send holiday cards, buy recycled content cards and envelopes.
  • Send electronic cards, they are fun and save trees and energy.

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