Christmas Tree and Lights Recycling
Seasonal Program Information

Winnebago County Solid Waste launched a new program during the 2021-2022 holiday season to encourage better Christmas Tree "recycling." Yard waste (including real Christmas Trees) are banned from landfill and should stay out of your recycling cart as well.


While yard waste services are offered year-round at our Sunnyview Landfill & Transfer Station site ($10 minimum fee), 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, tinsel,  lights, ornaments, and/or tinsel. Flocked trees are not accepted. 

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


All of the yard waste collected at our Sunnyview Yard Waste location is ground up on-site and sent to the UW-Oshkosh Biodigester Program which means your tree is sustainably and locally "recycled" back into high-quality compost!

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

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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 old string lights. This program does NOT include other decorations like ornaments, lamps, tinsels, beads, etc. There is no charge at any of these locations.


Note: Holiday lights should NOT go in your recycling cart. They will tangle and damage our equipment and will not get recycled this way. Lights are acceptable at a drop-off location ONLY. 

This program is available to residents at the various municipal locations through January 31st. Winnebago County Landfill can still accept holiday lights at any time.

Participating Locations:

Black Wolf Town Hall (380 E Black Wolf Ave, Oshkosh, WI 54902)

Neenah City Hall (211 Walnut St, Neenah, WI 54956)

Krueger Hardware (999 Winneconne Ave, Neenah, WI 54956)

Fox Crossing Utilities Building (2000 Municipal Dr., Neenah, WI 54956)

Field Operations Facility (639 Witzel Avenue, Oshkosh, WI 54902 — Ohio Street entrance)

Winnebago County Sunnyview Landfill (100 W. County Rd. Y, Oshkosh, WI 54901)

Winneconne Municipal Center (30 South 1st Street, Winneconne, WI 54986)

Want to add another location to our list? Email