In addition to the holiday cheer, festive greetings and goodwill towards all, this time of year also creates lots of trash (bah humbug!). Do your part to divert that waste away from landfills this holiday season by recycling. But make sure you know the recycling rules so you don’t end up on the naughty list!
For residents of the City of Oklahoma City, the following holiday waste items can be recycled, so go ahead and toss them in your big green bin:
- Paper holiday cards and envelopes (except for photo cards, cards with metallic paper or glitter)
- Cardboard shipping boxes, gift boxes and wrapping paper tubes
- Brown craft paper
- Empty glass bottles and jars
- Clean aluminum foil, steel vegetable and fruit cans
- Plastic drink bottles
These items are not recyclable and must be placed in the blue trash bin:
- Wrapping paper, crepe paper and gift bags.
- Christmas lights, bows and ribbons.
- Plastic bags and wrap
- Paper plates and napkins
- Plastic cutlery and napkins
- Shipping peanuts
- Trees (real or faux), greenery and wreaths
But there is a place where you can take that Christmas tree. OKC Parks is hosting a Christmas tree recycling event from Dec. 30 to Jan. 17, where you can drop off your tree and/or get free mulch at three local parks:
- Will Rogers Park, 3600 Pat Murphy Drive
- Wheeler Park, 1120 S Western Ave.
- Woodson Park, 3028 SW 36th Street
Drop off trees and pick up mulch from dawn to dusk. There will be a designated areas to drop off trees, and a pile of mulch in a corral. Bring your own shovels and bags for mulch. There will already be mulch piles at all three parks when the event begins. Crews with wood-chippers will rotate parks to recycle the dropped-off trees and add to the pile throughout the event.
Christmas trees must be free of lights, ornaments, nails and stands.