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City of Tulsa Holiday Recycling Tips & Christmas Tree Disposal

This article was archived on 1/31/2021

As we enjoy celebrating the holidays, we have more to throw away – either in our gray trash cart or blue recycling cart. Recycling is easy for Tulsa residents, especially during the holiday season. Most packaging and wrapping paper – such as cardboard boxes and basic wrapping paper without foil or glitter – are recyclable in the City’s blue recycling carts.

Please recycle aluminum and steel cans, cardboard and paper, plastic bottles and jugs, and glass bottles and jars.

Below is a list of items that cannot be recycled in the blue recycling cart and should be placed in the gray trash cart. For questions on what can be recycled, remember: when in doubt, throw it out – to learn more, visit

Do NOT recycle:


Christmas Tree Disposal: A live Christmas tree doesn’t have to fit in the gray trash cart. In December and January, residents may put live trees at the curb on their primary collection day. Trees need to be cut into 4-foot sections to fit into the hopper of the refuse trucks. Residents throwing away artificial trees need to put them in the gray trash cart.


Tulsa residents also may bring their live Christmas trees to be ground into mulch at the City’s Mulch Site, 2100 N. 145th East Ave. Trees brought to the site must have all decorations removed. The mulch site will be closed Dec. 24, 25, and 27, 2020, and Jan. 1, 2021. On Jan. 2, it will resume its usual schedule of 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, excluding City holidays.

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