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 Wednesday, December 26 until Sunday, January 20 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.


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


Remember these tips to recycle right this holiday season. ♻

  • Recycle in your blue recycle container:
    • Cardboard boxes (empty and flattened)
    • Paper holiday cards and envelopes (unless they contain any foil, glitter or 3D embellishments)
    • Gift boxes (empty)
  •  Other recycling options:
    • Christmas trees
      • If it's real and free of all decorations and tree stands, please bring it to one of our Christmas tree recycling drop off locations above.
    • Old holiday lights
      • The Gilbert Household Hazardous Waste Facility accepts all types of holiday lights for recycling. For location and hours, visit
  • Non-Recyclables:
    •  Wrapping paper
    • Tissue paper
    • Styrofoam including packing peanuts
    • Plastic bubble wrap
    • Artificial and snow flocked trees. The best solution for artificial trees is to donate them
    • Ribbon and bows. Reuse them instead of throwing them in your black bin!
    • Shiny, glittered, or metallic holiday cards
    • Wreaths

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?

  • Breakdown boxes
  • Donate old toys, clothes, and usable household items
  • Take unwanted electronics to Household Hazardous Waste Facility
  • Ask a neighbor if they have some extra room in their container
  • Resist over stuffing your containers which could prevent them from being serviced

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!