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Holiday Recycling Guide

Check out Fitchburg’s holiday recycling guide, available in English and Spanish, to find out what holiday items are recyclable, and ways to reduce waste around the holidays.  

Holiday Recyclables

Refuse & Recycling Collection Delays

Refuse and recycling collection may be delayed due to weather conditions.

  • Affected routes will be completed the next day.
  • A notification will be posted on Pellitteri's website for Fitchburg residents.
  • An email notification will be sent to those who have signed up. To sign up for our email notification system, please call Pellitteri's office at 608-257-4285 or send an email (be sure to include which community you live in).

Use the ReCollect Web App & table below to see how to properly dispose of holiday waste!

ItemRecyclable?Ways to Reuse
BatteriesSee Fitchburg Recycling Guide for locations that accept batteriesPurchase rechargeable batteries in the future
CardboardRecycle in Blue cart. Overflow drop-off at Public Works Maintenance Facility, 2373 S. Fish Hatchery Rd.
Christmas cards & envelopes

Paper: recycle in Blue cart

Foil cards/envelopes and photos are not recyclable (put in Green cart)

GarlandNot recyclable (put in Green cart)Consider reusing
Gift BoxesRecycle in blue cartConsider reusing
Gift Wrap

Paper: recycle in Blue cart

Foil gift wrap is not recyclable (put in Green cart)

Gift Wrap TubesRecycle in blue cart
Strings of LightsRecycle –for a limited time drop off at: City Hall - Container will be located in main lobby entrance
OrnamentsNot recyclable (put in green cart)If unbroken, consider donating to Saint Vincent De Paul or Goodwill
Tissue PaperNot recyclable (put in green cart)Consider reusing
RibbonsNot recyclable (put in green cart)Consider reusing or use fabric ribbon which is easier to reuse
Styrofoam (PS) BlocksRecycle - Drop off at Recycling Drop Off Site - 2373 S. Fish Hatchery Rd
Styrofoam (PS) Packing PeanutsDrop-off for re-use at Studio Paran, 2051 Winnebago St., Madison
Tinsel (string or small strands)Not recyclable (put in green cart)Consider reusing
Trees (artificial or flocked)Not recyclable - buy a Refuse Tag and set out with refuseIf tree is in good condition, consider donating to Saint Vincent De Paul or Goodwill
Trees (real)Recycled curbside during 2 scheduled pickups in January. All decorations and other material must be removed.Use for bird shelter during the winter, in the Spring remove the branches and set the branches and trunk curbside for brush pick-up
Wreaths (real)Remove the branches from framing-take to drop off site at S. Fish Hatchery Rd and put boughs in “yardwaste” and metal or steel framing in “scrap metal”Compost branches