Christmas Tree and Lights Recycling
Seasonal* Program Information


Holiday String Lights Recycling Program*

Holiday lights should NEVER go in your recycling carts! They will tangle and damage our sorting equipment and will not get recycled this way. Holiday string lights are accepted for recycling at drop-off locations ONLY. 

In 2019, Winnebago County Solid Waste began collecting holiday string lights for recycling via a drop-off program. In an effort to divert more materials from the landfill and recycle this material, municipalities across the County have banded together to offer convenient drop-off locations for residents to recycle their broken or unwanted holiday string lights.

Note: This program does NOT include other decorations like ornaments, bulbs, tinsels, beads, yard/house light displays etc. There is no charge at any of the listed participating locations.

Participating Locations

Last year, we collected approximately 300 pounds of Christmas Lights for recycling! Can you help us double that number this year?

In addition to having this service at Winnebago County Solid Waste, the following locations will have a free Holiday String Lights drop-off available through January 31, 2023. Look for this sign on many of the local drop-off location totes.

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  • C. Menasha - City Hall (100 Main St.)

  • C. Menasha - Public Works (455 Baldwin St.)

  • C. Neenah - City Hall (211 Walnut St.)

  • C. Omro - City Hall (205 S Webster Ave.)

  • C. Oshkosh - Field Operations (639 Witzel Ave.)

  • C. Oshkosh - City Hall (215 Church Ave.)

  • V. Fox Crossing - Municipal Building (2000 Municipal Dr., Neenah)

  • V. Winneconne - Municipal Center (South 1st St.)

  • T. Algoma - Town Hall (15 N Oakwood Rd., Oshkosh)

  • T. Black Wolf - Town Hall (380 E Black Wolf Ave., Oshkosh)

  • T. Neenah - Town Hall (1600 Breezewood Ln.)

  • T. Vinland - Town Hall (6085 County Rd. T, Oshkosh)

  • T. Winchester - Town Hall (8522 Parkway Ln., Larsen)

  • T. Winneconne - Town Hall (6494 County Rd. M)

*This program is sponsored by Winnebago County Solid Waste and made available to residents at the above locations through January 31st. Winnebago County Landfill can accept holiday lights year round during operating hours.

Christmas Tree Collection Program*

Winnebago County Solid Waste launched a new program during the 2021-2022 holiday season to offer a convenient place to drop-off Christmas Trees for landfill diversion. Yard waste (including real Christmas Trees) is banned from the landfill and should always stay out of your garbage and recycling carts.


While yard waste services are offered year-round at our Sunnyview Landfill & Transfer Station site (fees apply), this program allows for easy disposal of your real trees at no charge following your holiday festivities. All trees must be free of any artificial components or decorations such as plastic wrap, lights, ornaments, and/or tinsel. Flocked trees are not accepted. 

All of the yard waste collected at our Sunnyview Yard Waste location is ground up on-site and sent to the UW-Oshkosh Bio-Digester Program which means your tree is used locally for sustainable energy generation and then tree-cycled back into high-quality compost!

Note: You may also check on your local municipality's website or social media pages for their offered yard waste/Christmas tree collection services.

*Program valid for real Christmas Trees from residential sources only, December 25th-January 31st. 

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