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Posted on: December 2, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Go Green for the Holidays

Holiday lights

The holidays are a great time to recycle, because Americans throw away 25 percent more trash than other times of the year. Some of that trash can be recycled. Consider recycling the following items this season:

Holiday Lights

Do you have strings of holiday lights that no longer work? Perhaps you’re switching to energy efficient LED lights this year. Recycle holiday lights and old electrical cords by dropping them off inside Arden Hills City Hall in our collection bin at 1245 Highway 96 W. during business hours, or by bringing them to Ramsey County’s household hazardous waste collection site at 5 Empire Drive, St. Paul.

Live Christmas Tree

Keep your tree out of landfills by bringing it to any Ramsey County yard waste collection site where it will be mulched. Please remove all decorations, wire, lights and tinsel. Flocked trees are not accepted and may be placed in the trash. The Arden Hills yard waste site is located at 3530 Hudson Avenue and is open Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from December through March.


If you anticipate leftovers, ask your guests to bring their own leftover containers so everyone can enjoy leftovers and limit food waste.

Food Scraps

Get started with food scraps (organics recycling) and bring to your scraps to your local collection site at the Arden Hills Yard Waste Site, 3530 Hudson Avenue. 

Wrapping Paper

Most mass-produced wrapping paper you find in stores is not recyclable because of the shiny coatings, foils and colors, and therefore needs to be thrown away. Try these wrapping alternatives: newspaper, tin cans or jars, paper grocery bags, fabric scraps, scarves, maps or even pillow cases. 


The best gifts are experiences: tickets to a sports game, trips to a zoo, lessons of some type, transit passes or even a homemade dinner.

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