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2015 Holiday Recycling Guide

December 02, 2015
Have extra “stuff” to get rid of this holiday season? Recycle it!

Below you'll find answers to common questions about holiday items: what's reusable, what's recyclable, and what's trash. Or, even better, if you're looking for ways to reduce the amount of waste you create this year, you'll want to check out Reclaim Your Holidays for lots of great ideas.

You also can watch our two-minute video from last year, the 2014 Holiday Recycling Guide, just for fun!

Scott County residents may recycle many holiday items through curbside and drop-off recycling programs. Items that may be recycled include the following: 
  • boxes from electronics, toys, shoes and shirts
  • empty wrapping paper tubes
  • gift/shopping bags made of paper
  • tissue paper
  • greeting cards and envelopes (even photo cards)
  • newspapers
  • advertisements
  • magazines and catalogs
  • #1 and #2 plastics
  • glass food and beverage containers
  • steel cans
  • popcorn and cookie tins
  • aluminum cans and pie plates
Corrugated cardboard boxes should be broken down, flattened, and placed next to your recycling cart or bin.

Residents should be aware that not all holiday waste may be recycled. Items that may not be recycled include the following:

  • wrapping paper
  • bows and ribbons
  • Styrofoam
  • plastic bags and film
  • artificial Christmas trees
These items are considered contaminants to the recycling process and should not be placed in curbside or drop-off recycling containers.


Curbside pickup of live trees
avenport and Bettendorf residents may dispose of live Christmas trees on their scheduled collection days Dec. 28-Jan. 8. There is no charge for tree pickup within this window. Trees must be free of lights, decor and stands. Do not bag trees.

Eldridge residents may place their Christmas out during the month of January. (Residents are asked to place the cut portion towards the curb). Do not bag trees.

LeClaire residents may call City Hall about dates when trees may be placed at the curb:(563) 289-4242.

Long Grove residents can place their trees at the curb to be picked up by the city truck.

Panorama Park residents can place their live trees on the curb for free collection during the first couple of weeks in January.

Riverdale residents should contact the town hall at (563) 355-2511 about free collection weeks following Christmas.

Walcott residents can place trees at the curb after Christmas, then contact the Public Works Department at (563) 284-6571 x11 about collection.

Artificial trees
Have an artificial tree you don't want, but that's still in good condition? Please consider donating it to Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities ReStore, located at 3629 Mississippi Ave., Davenport. For information about donating your tree, please call ReStore at (563) 391-4949 or visit www.restoreqc.org.

Strands of holiday lights also are being accepted. These lights—along with computers, monitors, televisions, printers, digital cameras and video game systems—are considered electronic waste, or e-waste. These items may be dropped off for recycling from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Electronic Demanufacturing Facility, 1048 East 59th St., Davenport. There is no charge to residents from Scott and Rock Island counties. However, fees apply for e-waste from businesses. Call (563) 823-0119 for more information.

The cities of Bettendorf and Davenport collect large e-waste items (but not holiday lights) at the curb from residents on their bulky waste/recycling days and deliver them to the Electronic Demanufacturing Facility for recycling.

For more information about holiday recycling, please call (563) 386-9575 or check the recycling page.

Leftover or used cooking oil can be recycled at no charge. Please strain any solids out of the oil and bring it to the Scott Area Landfill so that it may be recycled into new fuel through our Household Hazardous Materials program. No appointment is required to drop off used cooking oil on weekdays, but you'll need an appointment to drop off on Saturday morning. Get complete information on our Household Hazardous Materials page.

Davenport residents
may set up to three extra bags of garbage without stickers outside of their cart on their garbage day during the week of Dec. 26-31.

Bettendorf residents may set up to two extra bags of garbage without stickers outside of their cart on their garbage day during the week of Dec. 26-31.

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