Holiday Tips

General Holiday Waste Reduction Tips

EPA's page has many handy tips for reducing holiday waste.

    Cooking Oil

    Do not pour cooking oil down the drain! Pour it into a can and dispose of in the trash OR bring it to a recycling facility that handles used cooking oil.

    Holiday Cooking Oil Collection Programs:

    • Las Vegas: Springs Preserve
    • Northern Nevada: Great Basin Co-Op, by the recycling bins
      Carson City Landfill, at the recycling bins
      Douglas County Transfer Station
      Bently Biofuels Outpost (bin available 24/7)
      Bently, behind the Ranch Shop
      South Tahoe Refuse
      Tahoe Douglas Fire District/Station 23
      IVGID (T&TH, 3-5pm, or by appointment)

    Check the map for additional businesses that handle cooking oil. 

      Gift Wrapping and Cards

      Wrapping Tips: Check out this article to inspire creative wrapping and packaging. 

      Check with your waste hauler to see if wrapping paper and cards can be recycled in your community. Often, if it is free of foil or plastic coatings, it can be included in your recycling. 

      Greeting cards can be sent to St Jude's Recycled Card Program at:

      100 St. Jude's Street 

      Boulder City, NV 89005

      Children assemble new cards out of the old ones.

        Christmas Trees

        Communities throughout Nevada offer annual Christmas tree collections. These trees are usually mulched, resulting in a product that can be reused in local parks.

        No flocked trees. Remove all decorations.

        2014-2015 Programs (this list will continue to be updated as more information is received):

        Truckee Meadows: Dec. 26-Jan. 11, 9:00am-4:30pm. More details at

        Incline Village: Either drop off at Preston Field Dec. 24-Jan. 30, or leave your tree for curbside pickup on your regular trash day the week of Jan. 5 (3 foot lengths maximum for curbside service). 

        Las Vegas: Dec. 26-Jan. 15. Sites listed here.

        Pahrump: Dec. 25-Jan. 23 at the Cooperative Extension Office (1651 Calvada Blvd.) More info at 775-727-5532

        Douglas County (Douglas Disposal): Curbside collection the week of January 5 on your regular trash day. Six foot lengths or smaller.

        Carson City: During the week of Jan. 5-9, either leave your tree (6 ft. sections or smaller) curbside on your regular trash day or drop off at the designated boxes at the following locations-- JC Penney parking lot, North Town Plaza, Capital Sanitation, Carson City corporate yard, Carson City landfill. After January 9th, trees can be brought to the landfill for recycling.   

        Lovelock: Drop off at Big Meadow Recycling Center or Pershing County Landfill.

        Elko also typically has designated curbside pick-up dates and/or drop-off locations. If you do not see your community listed, call your waste hauler or public works department for details.