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.

         2015-2016 Programs (this list will continue to be updated as more information is received):


         Reno/Sparks: Dec. 26-Jan. 10, 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. More info and volunteer sign ups at

         Incline Village: Either drop off at Preston Field Dec. 23-Jan. 29, or leave your tree for curbside pickup on your regular trash day the week of Jan. 4 (3 foot lengths maximum for curbside service)

         Clark County: Dec. 26-Jan. 15. There are 33 drop-off sites this year. Find a drop-off site near you at  here.

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

         Douglas County: Dec. 28-Jan 8. Tahoe Township and Carson Valley: curbside pick-up on your regular trash pick-up day.   

         Carson City: During the week of Jan. 4-8, 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. If you have questions call 775-887-2355 ex 7376. 

         Lyon County: Dec 26-Jan 9. Drop-off sites at Dayton Events Center off of Schaad Road and at the county baseball field near the library. If you have questions call 775-302-7117. 

         Fernley: Dec 26-Jan 15. Drop-off at the dirt lot behind the rodeo arena at the Out of Town Park (Farm District Rd & Highway 50A). If you have questions call 775-784-9863. 

         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 4 -8,  Drop-off thru Jan 22at the Main City Park using the access off of 14th Street between Newton Field and the Park Maintenance Facility. For additional information contact the Street Department at 775-777-7241.