Holiday Recycling Tips

How can you make a difference this Holiday?

Holidays are the best time to connect with family and friends, but decorations, parties, and gift giving often creates extra waste. Learn what you can do to keep your holidays as green as possible.

Holiday Decorations

All Onslow County residents can recycle their used Christmas lights no matter the condition. Pull up to the scale house and we will direct you to the Christmas LightsRed Christmas Lights bin.

The Onslow County Landfill, as well as two of our convenience sites, also accept real Christmas trees. The real Christmas trees are taken as yard waste, and there is a charge of $3 per tree at the convenience sites, and $31 per ton at the landfill, which equals to $0.31 per 20 pounds.  

The two convenience sites where real trees can be dropped off are Midway Park, located at 122 Carver Drive in Jacksonville, and Folkstone, located at 320 Old Folkstone Road in Holly Ridge.  

All sites will also welcome drop-offs of artificial Christmas trees. There is no fee, and the artificial trees are accepted as recyclable metal. Please remove ornaments, lights, tinsel, and other decorations.

The convenience sites are open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 910-989-2107 for the main landfill, 910-353-3980, for Midway Park, or 910-327-2444 for Folkstone. 

Cooking OilCooking Oil

  1. Designate a container for used cooking oil or motor oil. 
  2. Metal coffee cans or plastic butter containers work great. Keep filling the container with new oil each time.  
  3. Once full as an Onslow County resident you can drop off at any Onslow County Solid Waste site and recycle oils free of charge.  


Giving Gifts 

Think green before you shop the holiday sales. Bring your own reusable cloth bag for carrying your puReduceReuseRecyclerchases and try to buy items with minimal packaging and/or made with recycled content.

Wrap gifts in recycled or reused wrapping paper. Also remember to save or recycle your used wrapping paper. Give gifts that don't require much packaging, such as concert tickets or gift certificates.

Send recycled-content greeting cards and remember to recycle any paper cards you receive. You can also try sending electronic greeting cards to reduce paper waste. 

Bake cookies or other goodies and package them in reusable and/or recyclable containers as gifts. Homemade goodies show how much you care and help you avoid packaging waste.

When gifting flowers, consider buying long-lasting silk flowers, potted plants, or live bushes, shrubs, or trees that can be planted in the spring as gifts. 

Green Parties & Events

If you host a party, set the table with cloth napkins and reusable dishes, glasses, and silverware. Also save and reuse party hats, decorations, and favors. 

Be sure your guests know where to properly dispose of and recycle their wastes at your party. 

After holiday festivities, put leftovers in recyclable containers, and share them with family, friends, or others. Donate untouched leftovers from parties to a local food bank or homeless shelter. 

After parties, fill your dishwasher up completely before running it. You will run fewer cycles, which saves energy.