Holiday Recycling

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Christmas Tree Recycling

Don’t let your Christmas tree go to waste! Gilbert is offering the following drop-off locations from Tuesday, December 26 until Monday, January 8 for residents to recycle their Christmas trees, unbagged and free of all decorations and tree stands:

Hetchler Park (Gilbert Soccer Complex)
4260 S. Greenfield  Road
Gilbert, AZ 85297
Hours: Monday – Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Nichols Park
700 N. Higley Road
Gilbert, AZ 85234
Hours: Monday – Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Household Hazardous Waste Facility
2224 E. Queen Creek Road
Gilbert, AZ 85297
Hours: Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Closed December 25, 2017 and January 1, 2018

A to Z Rentals
1313 E. Baseline Road
Gilbert, AZ 85233
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed December 31, 2017 and January 1, 2018

Please note that wreaths, snow-flocked trees and artificial trees are not accepted. Drop-off locations are for Gilbert resident use only.

'Tis the season to be green! How do you recycle holiday things?



Please take any unwanted electronics (including holiday lights, light bulbs, batteries, cell phones, tablets, computers/laptops, televisions, radios, remotes, chargers, etc.) to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility (HHW). Trained Town of Gilbert staff will properly recycle these items so they do not end up in the landfill.

Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 2224 East Queen Creek Road, Wednesday & Friday 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Saturday 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., closed on holidays (see map below) 

Cardboard Box 


For large quantities of cardboard, excess cardboard dumpsters are located year-round at:

  • HHW Facility2224 East Queen Creek Road (24-hour access to cardboard dumpsters) 

  • Gilbert Southeast Library 775 N Greenfield Rd 

Turkey Fryer  

Used Cooking Oil

Residents can drop off used oil year round at:

  • HHW Facility2224 East Queen Creek Road, Wednesday & Friday 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Saturday 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., closed on holidays



Gift Wrap/Bows

  • Gift bags cannot be recycled unless they are 100% made of paper. Please reuse gift bags whenever possible. Shopping bags are also not recyclable, but plastic bags can be returned to local grocery/retail stores or to Bag Central.
  • Tissue paper is an end of life paper product, meaning the fiber strands in the paper are too short to be recycled again so it must be placed in the black can.
  • Wrapping paper usually contains dyes or add-ins (such as glitter) which means it can't be recycled. Get creative and reuse book pages or maps instead!
  • Bows/ribbon are not accepted for recycling.
  • Cards are recyclable if there are no metallic insert or other decorations. However, ones that are decorated can be cut up and reused as gift tags!

Recycle Can 

Recycling &Trash Service Schedule

Recycling and trash service will normally occur on all holidays!  

Can fake trees be recycled?

No. They are also too large to be placed in the black trash can. The best solution for used fake trees is to donate them to a local charity or organization!

There is just too much stuff to put in my blue or black can, what should I do?

  1. Completely break down items. Boxes should be emptied and cardboard should be cut down. 
  2. Instead of throwing them away, donate old toys, clothes, and usable household items.
  3. Take unused or unwanted electronics to Household Hazardous Waste Facility.
  4. Double check all of the items in the black can to make sure there are no recyclables that can be put into the blue can. The EPA estimates that over 75% of what we consume is recyclable!
  5. If there is still no room, take large cardboard pieces to one of the overflow cardboard collection sites.

How can I have a more Earth-friendly holiday?

Check out Outreach and Education's Pinterest page for holiday tips, tricks, and DIY's for a greener holiday!

There are also other great ideas at:

You can also watch the, "Think before you shop!" commercials from the Maricopa Association of Governments. They are full of reducing, reusing, and recycling tips for the holiday season!