12 Days of Christmas Tips on Disposing of Holiday Waste

Advanced_Disposal_12_Days_of_Christmas_Recycling_112_Cans_ColaCans of cola and other aluminum or tin beverage and food containers are widely accepted at Advanced Disposal and third party recycling facilities. Be sure to rinse out the items and place in your bin or cart. Leftover food residue could contaminate an entire load of items making everything unrecyclable, so be sure to keep it clean.

11_CardsWhile most greeting cards can be recycled, consider repurposing the ones that cannot. Upcycle cards by making paper crafts with them such as cutting out the designs to use them as gift tags or ornaments for next year’s holiday season.


Strings of popcorn and even tinsel garland are considered household waste. Place these items in your garbage containers for disposal. Other decorations like glass baubles are not recyclable as well. If any of your glass baubles break, carefully wrap and dispose in your trash bin. Plastic baubles are usually made from types of plastics that are likely to be covered with glitter which would negatively impact the recycling process as well.

9_WrappingMost paper wrappings can be reutilized, but not recycled. Placing items like gift wrap and tissue paper in the recycling bin is a common mistake people make around the holidays. Unfortunately, shiny or laminated paper is not recyclable. Placing it in the bin could contaminate the entire load. Instead, you can use wrapping paper to line drawers or bookcases, or even shred it for New Year’s Eve confetti.

8_EggnogJugs for egg nog or other beverages labeled #1 or #2 are accepted by Advanced Disposal and third party recycling facilities. To confirm what other plastics are recyclable, check your local facility page for guidelines on the do’s and don’ts of plastics.

7_StockingsEmpty stockings and miscellaneous holiday décor would better serve its purpose by being donated or evenly traded. Ask friends, relatives or even research your area for barter and swapping sites to trade decorations. What’s old to you, could be new to someone else!

6_BulbsBurnt-out bulbs, specifically incandescent bulbs unfortunately are not accepted at most recycling centers. Call your local municipal recycling center to check. Since these bulbs don’t contain any toxic materials, odds are that you may have to simply throw these burnt-out bulbs into the trash. Some people suggest putting the bulbs into their original packaging or a small plastic bag before throwing them away, so the glass won’t shatter and hurt someone.

5_SweatersUgly holiday-themed sweaters and other warm clothing can be donated to local organizations that serve your community. Many non-profits and churches will collect warm clothing and blankets during the winter months and hand out to those in need. Clothing is not an item collected in recycling bins or carts.

4_BowsGift wrap bows are not a recyclable material, but can be saved and easily reused for future presents. Gift boxes can be broken down and placed in bins or carts if small enough or cut down to am appropriate size. However, we also encourage saving and reusing your gift boxes.

Kiss mistletoe goodbye and place it in your garbage can or yard waste container.



Large live wreaths that are free from embellishments and the wire rings are accepted as yard waste in areas where yard waste is collected. But first, make sure that yard season is in full swing before placing curbside. If not, this can be thrown away with other house hold waste.


Bare Christmas trees may be collected curbside depending on your service area. Check your local facility guidelines to see if your local Advanced Disposal facility will accept your bare tree curbside. If so, be sure to remove all ornaments and decorative items to make your tree completely bare. Artificial trees cannot be recycled, and our recycling facilities do not accept them. But, we do encourage that you donate them, if you are looking to dispose of them after the holidays. To find your local facility, click here.


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