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.

    2013 Holiday Cooking Oil Collection Programs:

    • Las Vegas: Springs Preserve, Nov. 29-Dec. 2 and Dec. 26-Jan. 5, 10am-4pm in the South Ticketing Parking Lot.
    • Reno, Carson City, Douglas County, South Lake Tahoe, and Incline Village: Nov. 28-Jan. 1, for locations and hours click here. Thanks to Bently Biofuels and WSPPN for providing this great service.

    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.

        2013-2014 Programs (this list will continue to be updated as more information is received):

        Truckee Meadows: Dec. 26-Jan. 12, 9:00am-4:30pm. More details at

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

        Pahrump: Dec. 25-Jan. 12 at the Cooperative Extension Office (1651 Calvada Blvd.) More info at 775-727-5532

        Douglas County (Douglas Disposal): Dec. 30-Jan. 3. Leave your tree on the curb on your regular trash day.

        Winnemucca: Dec. 26-Jan. 15. Drop off inside the west gate of the Community Garden (151 McArthur St.)

        Carson City: Curbside pickup during designated week and 4 drop-off locations

        Elko: Curbside pickup the week of Jan. 6 (see schedule here), or drop off at 14th & College.