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) 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 ($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, 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 services.


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 tree-cycled back into high-quality compost!

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

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Holiday String Lights Recycling Program*

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, bulbs, tinsels, beads, yard/house light displays etc. There is no charge at any of the listed participating locations.


Note: Holiday lights should NEVER go in your recycling carts! They will tangle and damage our equipment and will not get recycled this way. String lights (and light bulbs in general) are accepted at drop-off locations ONLY. 

*This program is available to residents at the various municipal locations through January 31st. Winnebago County Landfill can accept holiday lights year round during operating hours.

Participating Locations:

The 2022 holiday light recycling program across our municipalities has been completed. Bring any remaining Holiday String Lights to Winnebago County Landfill during operating hours.

In total, Winnebago County municipalities diverted over 250 pounds of Christmas Lights for recycling during the 2021-2022 holiday season. Great job everyone!