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Recycle your holiday tree
The holiday season’s final tradition is putting the tree out for curbside recycling. This year, trees will be picked up on your regular solid waste collection day during the week of January 7-11. Here’s what to do:

  • Remove all ornaments, tinsel, nails, and the stand. Flocked trees cannot be recycled, so they will be collected and disposed of as garbage.
  • Place the stripped tree next to the garbage, recycling and Clean Green cart setouts at the curb on your regular collection day.
  • Holiday trees from small businesses and residents who miss the curbside collection may be dropped off at the southwest corner of the intersection of San Tomas Expressway and Monroe Streets. The drop-off will be available during the week of January 7-11 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. only.
  • Multi-family residents can set out their holiday trees on the nearest public street for pickup on the assigned single family home garbage/recycling collection days. Call 408-615-2063 to find out assigned garbage/recycling days in particular areas.
  • Trees may also be recycled after Jan. 11 by cutting up the tree and placing the pieces in the Clean Green cart. For more information on holiday tree recycling, call 408-615-2063.

Reduce and recycle holiday waste
Dreaming of a “Green Christmas?” Here are some eco-friendly holiday ideas:

  • Wrap gifts in comics, old maps or other colorful paper materials normally found around the home or office.
  • Instead of wrapping gifts in paper, try presenting them in reusable containers like tin or plastic holiday boxes, gift bags or baskets. Save gift bags, boxes and bows for reuse.
  • Buy gift wrap that contains recycled paper. Avoid metallic-type wrapping papers that contain foil, Mylar or holographic materials, which are not recyclable.
  • Recycle wrapping paper (except metallic, foil, Mylar or holographic) with mixed paper in the City’s new single-stream curbside recycling program. Simply place in the blue recycle cart.
  • Make gift tags or ornaments from old greeting cards and wrapping materials.
  • Use cloth napkins, metal flatware, china plates and real glasses for “waste-less” holiday parties and meals.
  • Purchase a manufactured tree that can be stored and reused each year.

Excess holiday waste a problem?
Holidays bring friends, families, parties and get-togethers – and sometimes more trash than your garbage cart can handle. Santa Clara residents may set out as many as four additional 30-gallon plastic garbage bags (limit two bags per week) on their regular solid waste collection day from Dec. 26 through Jan. 5 at no extra charge.

At any other time during the year, for a nominal cost, additional 30-gallon plastic bags of garbage tied with "extra bag" tags may be placed at the curb for pickup on your regular solid waste collection day.

Extra bag tags can be purchased for $4 each at the Cashier’s Counter in the Finance Department at City Hall, 1500 Warburton Ave., Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tags may also be ordered by mail. Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a check (payable to “City of Santa Clara”) to the Utility Services Division, Finance Department, 1500 Warburton Ave., Santa Clara, CA 95050. Indicate the number of tags to be purchased and make the check payable for the exact amount of $5 per tag.

Residential customers with front-load dumpsters are eligible to get one additional collection per year free of charge. Just call Mission Trail Waste Systems at 408-727-5365 to make an appointment for the extra collection. For more information, call 408-615-2063.

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Last updated: 11/15/2012 2:23:42 PM