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: Pain in the Drain (resources on cooking oil disposal)
    • Northern Nevada: Great Basin Co-Op, by the recycling bins
      Reno Rendering 1705 N Wells Ave. (775) 323-0791
      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.

        Christmas Light Recycling

        Do you have strands of non-working Christmas lights in your garage? Greener World in Carson City, Schnitzer Steel in Reno and Champion Recycling in Las Vegas will take strands of old Christmas lights for recycling and even pay you for them. Check with other scrap metal dealers in your area to see if they recycle Christmas lights.

          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.

           2018-2019 Programs (this list will continue to be updated as more information is received):


           Reno/Sparks: Dec. 26-Jan. 7, 9:00am-4:30pm. Drop-off sites at Bartley Ranch Regional Park, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, and Shadow Mountain Sports Complex, 9am-4:30pm. Truckee Meadows Fire Station 17 in Spanish Springs, Truckee Meadows Fire Station 223 in Lemmon Valley and Truckee Meadows Fire Station 16 in Washoe Valley. More info and volunteer sign ups at Commercial Christmas Tree vendors can take their leftover trees to RT Donovan.

           Incline Village: Either drop off at Preston Field Dec. through Jan. 28, or leave your tree for curbside pickup on your regular trash day Jan. 7-11 (3 foot lengths maximum for curbside service)

           Clark County: Join the Springs Preserve and the Christmas Tree Recycling Committee in giving our community a gift: Recycle your tree, Dec. 26-Jan. 15. There are more than 30 convenient locations. Find a drop-off site near you here.

           Pahrump: Dec. 25-Jan. 22 at the Cooperative Extension Office (1651 Calvada Blvd.) More info at 775-727-5532

           Douglas County: Jan. 7-11, 2018. Tahoe Township and Carson Valley: curbside pick-up on your regular trash pick-up day (6ft. sections or smaller). Douglas Co. residents can also drop off their trees at Lampe Park, 1324 Waterloo Lane in Gardnerville, from Dec. 26 – Jan 26, 2018. Sponsored by the Douglas County Parks Dept. and Bentley Enterprises.

           Carson City: During the week of Jan. 7-11, 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:

          • The parking lot of Big Lots at Clearview and South Carson Street
          • Public Works Yard at Butti and East Fifth Street
          • Bully’s parking lot, 3530 North Carson Street
          • Waste Management Parking lot at 5560 Sheep Drive
          • Carson City Landfill (Green Waste Pile)

          After Jan. 13 2018 please take your Christmas Tree to the Carson City Landfill for recycling. Trees left curbside after Jan. 13 will be disposed of as garbage and will need to be cut into three foot sections so they will fit into the Waste Management trucks.If you have questions call 775-887-2355 ex 7376.


           Fernley: Dec 26-Jan 11. Drop-off at the dirt lot behind the rodeo arena at the Out of Town Park (Farm District Rd & Highway 50A). For more information go to the website or call 775-784-9866. 

           Winnemucca: Dec 26-Jan 15.  Drop-off from 12pm-3pm at the Community Garden at 151 McArthur St. If you can’t make it then, use the drop-off box at the garden. If you have questions call 775-623-2333.  

           Elko: Curbside pick-up service Jan 7 -11. (Note Jan. 1 is a holiday; those residences will be picked up on Jan.2nd.) Beginning December 25th, anyone wishing to drop off a Christmas tree may bring it to the parking lot on the corner of VFW Drive and Court Street. The area will be designated with a sign. For additional information contact the Street Department at 775-777-7241.