Holiday Recycling

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The Christmas Tree Recycling sites are now closed for the season. Residents that were unable to make it to the drop off locations may take their trees, along with an I.D. and current utility bill, to the following landfills for no fee:

San Tan Transfer Station 
4040 S. 80th Street, Mesa, AZ 85212
(Sossaman and Elliot)
(480) 308-0915

Hours of Operation - Monday-Friday 7:00 AM-4:00 PM; Saturday 7:00 AM-12:00 PM (closed Sundays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day)

Cactus Transfer Station 
6711 S. Mountain Road, Mesa, AZ 85212
(Pecos and Mountain (east of Ellsworth))
(480) 987-7865

Hours of Operation - Monday-Friday 6:00 AM-3:30 PM; Saturday 6:00 AM-12:00 PM (closed Sundays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day)

Trees may also be  placed out for bulk collection during your next scheduled bulk week.  

A big thanks to all residents who dropped off their Christmas Tree for recycling this holiday season!

'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) 

Holiday Light Drop Off is also available at Town Hall and the Utilities Building through January 5th. 

Town Hall: 50 E Civic Center Driver, Gilbert, AZ 85296

Utilities: 90 E Civic Center Drive, Gilbert, AZ 85296


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 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!