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Holiday Recycling Resources

From gift wrap to bubble wrap and everything in between, the Omaha Recycling Guide can help you find answers to your recycling questions. The Omaha Recycling Guide is a searchable database with hundreds of household items. See frequently asked questions and find local resources to help you Recycle Right in Omaha, Nebraska! Look up an item by name, or browse by materials like plastics, batteries, and more.

Christmas Tree Recycling Sites

When it’s time to take down the Christmas tree, dispose of it in a sustainable way! Take advantage of these local free or low-cost options options for composting real Christmas Trees:

Dec. 24, 2023 - Jan. 9, 2024: City of Omaha Tree Sites

Take a live Christmas tree to one of 14 free disposal sites in the Omaha metro area. Tree sites will be open daily Dec. 24 - Jan. 9 during daylight hours, unless noted on the website. Remove all ornaments, lights, wires, nails, and tree stands. Flocked (real) trees are accepted, but NO wreaths or evergreen roping. Toss your tree up on the pile, but don’t leave trash, plastic bags, or rope at the sites – only trees. Volunteer assistance will be available at select sites, on select days.

Dec 26, 2023 - Jan 13, 2024: Scouting4Trees

Omaha and Lincoln area residents may be able to schedule a driveway pickup through “Scouting for Trees” – a Boy Scouts’ service project designed to help keep area Christmas trees out of landfills. Only real trees are accepted. Remove all: nails, wires, ornaments, tree stands, lights, and plastic bags. Flocked trees are ok. Sign up in advance as limited dates, times, and locations are available. Donations are encouraged.

Any time: Hillside Solutions Compost Club

Real Christmas trees can be accepted for a fee at Hillside Solution’s Soil Dynamics composting site (1725 Avenue G, Omaha, NE 68110 near Eppley Airfield). Remove all decor, lights, and stands (no plastic, metal, or glass accepted). This service is free for Hillside Solutions Compost Club members, or for a 1-time drop fee. Hours are Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm, but call ahead.

String Light Recycling Drives

Holiday lights not working? Don’t get tangled up about it! Take those broken or unwanted string lights to be recycled! In Omaha, a few holiday light drives are going on now. Below are some details to help you find a special collection container near you: 

Scouts BSA Troop 231 - Holiday Light Drive 

  • Dates: Oct. 31, 2023 - Jan. 14, 2024
  • Drop-off Locations: Goodwill Stores in Omaha, New Life Thrift (36th & Harrison) 
  • Hours: Vary by location
  • Information & More Locations: PDF Flier

Scrap Central  

  • Dates: Nov. 15, 2023 - Jan. 10, 2023
  • Drop-off Location: 2728 N. 85th St. (1/2 block South of Maple)
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-4:45pm, Sat 8am-11:30am, Closed Sunday 
  • Website:

Lowe’s Home Improvement

  • Dates: Through December 24, 2023
  • Drop-off Location: 7525 Dodge St, Omaha, NE 68114 (in customer service)
  • Hours:  Mon-Sat 6am-9pm, Sun 8am-8pm
  • Website:

Holiday Glass Recycling

Don’t let the holiday leftovers pile up - including glass bottles! After the party, take advantage of these local, glass-recycling options for your empties:

Free Drop-off: The City of Omaha provides free, glass recycling drop-off sites for residential use. (Do NOT place glass in curbside recycling carts - glass can contaminate recyclables and injure workers). Take glass to the PURPLE recycling containers at drop-off locations around town.

Special Curbside Pickup: Glassman Recycling & Repurposing offers a residential curbside pickup service with a membership and/or per-pickup fees.

Commercial Pickup: Businesses, apartments, and other organizations can contract with local companies for commercial glass recycling services.

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