Recycling Tips: Christmas Trees, Wrapping Paper, etc.

Seasonal solutions for a greener holiday

After the holiday, you may be left wondering what's the best way to dispose of your Christmas tree, wrapping paper, and all that cooking grease!

The City encourages recycling to keep these items out of the landfill and help protect our environment. Here's how you can have a greener holiday:

  • Christmas trees: Raleigh residential customers can leave their bare Christmas trees (no decorations, no lights, no tinsel, no tree stands, please) at the curb and our yard waste crews will pick up. Your tree will be turned into mulch for our local parks. Real trees only, please! Artificial trees cannot be recycled. 
  • Wrapping paper: Put wrapping paper and greeting cards in your blue recycle cart, as long as they have no foil or glitter. Remember: no bows or tissue paper in the recycle cart.
  • Boxes: Remove all styrofoam packing and plastic wrap and flatten boxes before you put them in the recycle cart. Extra-long boxes should be broken down into smaller pieces so they fit inside the cart.
  • Cooking grease: Help keep kitchen grease out of the drain. Through Jan. 15, 2020, Raleigh residents and places of worship can leave used cooking oil curbside in clear plastic containers and the City will collect it at no charge. You must call 919-996-3245 to schedule a grease collection.

IMPORTANT TIP ABOUT CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Please do not put Christmas lights in your recycle cart! They make a tangled mess and force the recycling equipment to a grinding halt. You can recycle Christmas lights anywhere that accepts electronics for recycling or put them in the trash.