December 20, 2023

City Offers Helpful Hints for Tree & Lights Disposal, Holiday Recycling, Excess Trash

Remote disposal sites at Fitzgerald Stadium and West Boulevard North will be open for disposal of trees and holiday greenery beginning December 26.  Photo from 2022 holiday season. Remote disposal sites at Fitzgerald Stadium and West Boulevard North will be open for disposal of trees and holiday greenery beginning December 26. Photo from 2022 holiday season. (City Photo/Shoemaker)

CITY OFFERS HELPFUL HINTS

FOR TREE & LIGHTS DISPOSAL,

HOLIDAY RECYCLING, EXCESS TRASH

RAPID CITY, SD—After next Monday, the hustle and bustle of Christmas will begin to settle and attention focuses on what to do with all the extra cardboard, wrapping paper and trash, not to mention what to do with the tree, and that string of lights that failed to light this season.

            The City’s Solid Waste Division collected 27 tons of Christmas trees, wreaths and assorted greenery and more than three tons of non-working Christmas lights after the 2022 holiday season.

            The City's Solid Waste Division is providing helpful advice for holiday trash and recycling collection along with important information about disposal of holiday trees and non-working lights.

             “We want to provide some helpful hints – a few do’s and don’ts - for the holiday season when it comes to proper disposal of the Christmas tree, all the cardboard and wrapping paper,” said Ria Hannon of the City’s Solid Waste Division.  “We encourage the public to set aside a few moments for planning on what should go in the trash, how much should go into the containers, and also to use our remote sites for disposing of many items.”

            Hannon also encourages the public to utilize reusable items.

            “We also encourage the public to choose reusable items like gift bags instead of wrapping paper.”

TREE DISPOSAL:

**Beginning Tuesday, December 26, natural trees, wreaths and garland can be taken to the remote sites for disposal and should be cleaned of ornamentation, tree stands, and not be placed in plastic bags. No yard waste allowed at the tree disposal sites.

WRAPPING PAPER DISPOSAL:

**Items such as wrapping paper, packing items, cellophane, ribbons, bows, artificial decorations along with colored/shiny cardboard items should be placed in the regular trash containers. 

HAYSTACKING & TYING GARBAGE:

**Homeowners are routinely advised to bag and tie their garbage and it’s especially important during the holiday season. Solid Waste officials advise the public to avoid ‘hay stacking’ -- piling up or overflowing the trash in their containers.  As alternatives, the public can place some of the trash items in the following week’s collection or bring excess garbage to the landfill.

CARDBOARD:

**Cardboard cannot be placed inside of the recycling containers.

**Do not place cardboard boxes or excess trash next to the household trash and recycling containers. Trash collection drivers will not stop and pick up the excess trash.

**Cardboard items can also be taken to the remote disposal sites at Fitzgerald Stadium and West Boulevard North or to the Landfill.

DUMPING TRASH:

**The remote disposal sites at Fitzgerald Stadium and West Boulevard North are only for recycled and cardboard items and not for dumping trash and other discarded household items. Solid Waste officials advise the public to take other items to the Landfill. Also if remote site recycle and cardboard containers are full, do not place the items on the ground. Take the items to the landfill.

NON-WORKING LIGHTS/EXTENSION CORDS:

The annual Christmas Lights Recycling Program continues through January 31 this season. The City’s Solid Waste Division has expanded the program this year to include collection of non-working extension cords as well as strings of non-working holiday lights.

           The items can be dropped off this year at any of 14 locations. 

            *Ace Hardware (2): 1602 E. St. Patrick Street and 1724 W. Main Street

            *Western Dakota Tech: 800 Mickelson Drive (inside the main entrance)

            *Boyd's Drug Stores (2): (beginning November 15) Baken Park (entrance on pharmacy side) and at 909 E. St. Patrick Street

            *Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy Street

            *City Hall: 300 Sixth Street

            *Runnings, 1020 N. Lacrosse Street

            *Fleet Farm, 1001 E. Mall Drive

            *Education Center at Landfill: 5165 S. Highway 79

            *Rapid City Restore: 610 E. Omaha Street

            *RC Hardware: 770 Mountain View Road

            *Roosevelt Park Swim Center: 125 Waterloo Street

            *Menards: 710 N. Creek Drive

           

            The bins will be located at these locations until January 31.

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