Recycling Christmas Trees and More in Virginia Beach

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

For residents celebrating the holidays with a real Christmas tree this year, clean-up has never been easier. The Public Works Waste Management Division asks that residents remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel and other decorations. Residents can place the tree out at the curb on your normal collection day, or take the tree to the City Landfill and Resource Recovery Center to be recycled into mulch.

Many gift packaging materials can also be recycled in the blue recycle cart. Items that are accepted include gift boxes, tissue paper, holiday cards, cardboard and plain wrapping paper. Items that are not accepted in the blue cart include bubble wrap, ribbons, tape, bows, tree decorations, Christmas lights, sticky gift labels, laminated or coated gift bags, or cellophane. Plastic bags and foam peanuts are also not accepted in the blue recycle cart but can be taken to the City Landfill and Resource Recovery Center and any Pak Mail location to be recycled. Follow these steps of proper disposal and recycling, and bring in the New Year by Keeping Virginia Beach Beautiful!

About Public Works Waste Management
The Waste Management Division is responsible for providing collection, disposal and recycling services to the residents of Virginia Beach. Keeping Virginia Beach clean is a monumental task. Waste Collection crews travel more than 1 million miles, making more than 6 million pickups and collecting 200,000 tons of waste each year. In addition, about 35,000 tons of recyclable material is collected from drop-off recycling centers and our curbside recycling service, as well as at the award-winning City Landfill and Resource Recovery Center. For more information, visit or call (757)385-4650.

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