Seasonal Items

How do I dispose of seasonal items?

Find out how to properly dispose of seasonal items (and why) by hovering over the images below.

Plastic Easter Eggs

Plastic Easter Eggs

Trash

Be sure to reuse these eggs before you throw them in the trash.

Pumpkins

Pumpkins

Trash

Our green waste grinders can not handle pumpkins, but if you are able to let them decompose in your garden or yard, that is the best option. Or, if you compost at home you can add these gourds to your compost. Otherwise, they must be placed in the trash.

Holiday Lights

Holiday Lights

Electronic Waste

Holiday lights can NOT be placed in your household containers as they are electronic waste. They can be dropped off at MarBorg's Downtown or Goleta Recycling Centers, or the South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station.

Christmas Trees

Christmas Trees

*Leave trees curbside*

Place tree at curbside on green waste collection day, or trash collection day if you do not have green waste service. If you live in an apartment complex, please place tree next to the trash bin. View guidelines here.

Tinsel

Tinsel

Trash

Be sure to reuse these decorations before you throw them in the trash.

Wreaths

Wreaths

Green Waste

Please remove any hardware and decorative elements from the wreath before placing it in your green waste container.

Mistletoe

Mistletoe

Green Waste

Please remove any hardware and decorative elements from the mistletoe before placing it in your green waste container.

Non-Glittery Wrapping Paper

Non-Glittery Wrapping Paper

Recycling

Wrapping paper without any glitter can be placed in your recycling container. If it is still in good condition, save it to be reused. Skipping the wrapping paper altogether is the best solution - try wrapping gifts with fabric, or use old newspaper/magazines.

Glittery Wrapping Paper

Glittery/Iridescent Wrapping Paper

Trash

Wrapping paper that has glitter or is iridescent should be placed in the trash if you can not reuse it. Skipping the wrapping paper altogether is the best solution - try wrapping gifts with fabric, or use old newspaper/magazines.

Bows and Ribbons

Bows and Ribbons

Trash

Many bows and ribbons can be reused several times before you throw them in the trash.

Simple Greeting Cards

Simple Greeting Cards

Recycling

Simple paper greeting cards without glitter or other decorative elements can be recycled along with their envelopes.

Fancy Greeting Cards

Fancy Greeting Cards

Trash

Greeting cards with glitter or other decorative elements must go in the trash.

Glossy Photo Cards

Glossy Photo Cards

Trash

Glossy photo cards printed on photo paper must go in the trash.