Live Christmas trees can be recycled. Trees that are NOT artificial may be disposed of on the county's normal residential yard waste and vegetation day, which is Wednesday of each week. Please note that during the week of 1/6/24, yard waste and tree disposal will follow the holiday schedule and be pushed back one day, with pickup on Thursday. Following the holiday week, it will go back to the normal Wednesday schedule.

Please make sure all decorations such as ornaments, lights, tinsel or other objects are removed from the tree prior to placing it on the curb for pickup.

These items can be placed in your recycle cart:

    • Aluminum foil (clean pie pans, aluminum pans, aluminum foil)
    • Cardboard boxes (gift boxes, toy boxes, shoe boxes, packing boxes)
    • Holiday flyers, junk mail, catalogs, receipts, or paper tags 
    • Holiday greeting cards and envelopes – but not if they have glitter or sound-making devices
    • Paper gift bags – but no shiny bags and no glitter bags
    • Tissue paper – as long as it is not glitter paper, metallic or plastic sheeting
    • Wrapping paper – but no glitter, foil or metallic paper, plastic sheeting

    Gift boxes wrapped in wrapping paper

    These items cannot be placed in your recycle cart:

    • Artificial trees (should be discarded as trash if it can’t be donated)
    • Cookware and dishes (including disposable plates/utensils)
    • Clothing and other fabric (take to local thrift stores for donation)
    • Decorative bows, ribbon, glittery/metallic tissue paper
    • Ornaments and other decorative pieces
    • Plastic bags, bubble wrap, and film
    • Styrofoam, foam packing peanuts

    Items that must be brought to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility for free disposal:

    • Batteries
    • Cooking oil
    • Holiday string lighting, extension cords
    • Electronics, appliances

    Location:
    Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Center
    9155 Busch Street, Palm City, Florida, 34990

    Hours:
    Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Saturday: 8 a.m. to Noon
    Sunday: Closed 

    *Closed on legal holidays

    Many municipalities (such as the City of Stuart) also offer take-back programs for residents for items such as batteries and electronics. Contact your specific municipality to find out if they offer this service. Some stores, such as Best Buy, also have take-back programs for recycling and disposal of batteries and electronic items. 

    Christmas string lights

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