Reduce your "waste" line during the holidays!

Christmas lights recycling

Have you come across broken or non-working Christmas lights from last year? Various stores around town will accept these Christmas lights for recycling! Drop off your lights (strands only) at boxes designated for recycling at the following hardware stores:

• Ace Hardware – both locations in Fort Collins
• Lowe’s Home Improvement – all locations in Fort Collins and Loveland

Please note: Christmas lights are not recyclable with your regular household recycling.

Free Christmas tree “recycling” at Larimer County Landfill

Larimer County Landfill will accept Christmas trees from Larimer County residents for free between Monday, December 18, 2017 and Monday, January 15, 2018. Trees will be recycled into compost or mulch; however, Christmas tree mulch will not be available to the public. Beginning January 16th, regular landfill fees will be charged.

Please be sure to secure your load properly during transport. Trees must be free from all lights, decorations, stands and any other foreign materials. Trees flocked with fake snow will not be accepted.

The Green Waste Program at the Larimer County Landfill began in the summer of 2017 and has diverted about 640 tons of waste to date! In 2018, clean green waste will be accepted at $5.50 per cubic yard with no surcharge fee.

Holiday hours

Holiday closures for the landfill, recycling drop-off, and household hazardous waste facility are as follows:

  • Closed Thursday, November 23rd
  • Closed Sunday, December 24th
  • Closed Monday, December 25th
  • Closed Sunday, December 31st
  • Closed Monday, January 1st

The Wellington Transfer Station is normally open on weekends but will be closed December 24th and December 31st.