Post-holiday waste

After the holidays it’s important to have a plan to deal with the packaging and waste that collects from gift-giving and social gatherings.

  • Reduce the amount of items that you buy.
  • Look for sustainable gifts.
  • Consider the amount of packaging in the products you purchase.
  • Avoid glossy or foil gift wrap that cannot be recycled or choose DIY wrapping ideas like newsprint etc.
  • Purchase reusable gift bags instead of holiday wrapping paper.

Christmas wrapping and cards            

When Christmas is over, there is often a lot of leftover wrapping paper and packaging. Some paper is recyclable, but not all.

Wrapping paper is not recyclable for a few reasons. If it is dyed, glossy, laminated, or contains non-paper additives like glitter and plastics, it cannot be recycled. Because it can be difficult to tell, most wrapping paper ends up in the landfill. The automated recycling plant also cannot separate recyclable kinds of paper like tissue paper from the wrapping paper, so it should not go into your recycling bin either. Consider wrapping your gifts in newspaper or use reusable gift bags and recyclable wrapping where possible.

For more information on recycling, visit our recycling section.

Most holiday cards are recyclable, but they can also be reused prior to hitting the recycle bin. Try some of these uses:

  • Kid’s crafts
  • Scrap paper 
  • Cut up sections to make gift tags for next Christmas

Electronics Recycling

Electronics are a popular gift item during the holidays – TVs, laptops, monitors, keyboards, speakers, radios – the list goes on. So what to do with the replaced or unwanted items?

The City of Cold Lake Transfer Station now accepts Electronic Waste -- free, so long as it's brought in as a separate load. To read more about Electronic Waste, click here.


Tree Recycling


Christmas trees can be recycled and picked up in Cold Lake. Christmas trees may be disposed of by:

  • Can be dropped at your curb (lying on side) between Jan. 7 to 17, 2020. Remember to remove all tinsel and decorations and DO NOT wrap it in plastic. For more information on your tree pick-up schedule, click here. Or refer to your tri-fold waste pick-up pamphlet.
  • Bringing your tree to the Waste Management Facility, City of Cold Lake for composting. The Facility's winter hours are Tuesday - Saturday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Remember to remove all tinsel and decorations first.