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Christmas Tree Disposal and Holiday Recycling

  • A Christmas tree placed on the curb for recycling
Page Updated: 
November 09, 2020 at 10:23 AM

Christmas Tree Disposal

Christmas trees that are not artificial can be recycled. 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. Live trees may be disposed of on the county's normal residential yard waste and vegetation day, which is WEDNESDAY of each week.

Recyclable holiday materials

These items can be placed in your recycle bin:

    • 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

    Non-recyclable holiday materials

    These items cannot be placed in your recycle bin:

    • 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

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

    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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