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City of Tulsa Holiday Recycling Tips & Christmas Tree Disposal

This article was archived on 1/31/2018

During the holiday season, recycling is easy for Tulsa residents. Most packaging and wrapping paper are recyclable in the City’s recycling system, such as cardboard boxes and basic wrapping paper without foil and glitter.

Below is a list of items that cannot be recycled in the blue cart and should be placed in the gray trash cart. For questions on what can be recycled, remember: When in doubt, check it out – go to www.TulsaRecycles.com 

Holiday Recycling Tips – Do not recycle:

  • Gift bags
  • Foil, shiny or glitter wrapping paper
  • Styrofoam, packing peanuts
  • Flexible film plastics, bubble wrap, plastic bags
  • Plastic strapping
  • Ribbons and bows
  • Tinsel
  • Christmas lights
  • Bulbs and ornaments
  • Textiles – tree skirts, stockings and clothing
  • Ceramics
  • Electronics – anything with a cord, or that takes batteries or winds-up
  • Artificial or live Christmas trees

Complimentary Live Christmas Tree Collection

In December and January, residents may put trees at the curb on their primary collection day. All decorations must be removed and trees need to be cut into 4-foot sections to fit into the hopper of the refuse trucks. This collection is not for artificial trees, which need to go 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. 22-25, 2017, and Jan. 1, 2018.

The City of Tulsa created a video about the City’s recycling system and process. Media can use the video for b-roll or in its entirety without crediting the City of Tulsa.