Holiday Collection

Holiday Schedule

The only collection holidays are Thanksgiving (the fourth Thursday of November) and Christmas (December 25). When they fall on a regular scheduled day, collection will move forward by one day for the
rest of the week.

There will be no curbside collection on Thursday, November 28, 2024. Thursday collection will be on Friday, and Friday, November 29, 2024, collection will be on Saturday.

There will be no curbside collection on Wednesday, December 25, 2024. All collection days following Christmas that week will move forward one day.

Christmas Trees

Live Christmas trees can be set out on your yard waste collection day. Trees over six feet should be cut in half. Remove the stand and all decorations before placing your tree at the curb. Remember, disposal by burning causes air pollution and is prohibited in Orange County. Find more information at Artificial trees that do not fit in the garbage cart can be set out for large item collection (the same day as yard waste collection).

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The holidays generate a lot of waste. Reduce, reuse, and recycle
when possible.

Holiday Waste Reduction Tips

  • Use reusable bags on shopping trips
  • Donate gently used items to local shelters or charities
  • Use washable instead of disposable tableware at gatherings
  • Repurpose cards by using them as gift tags next year
  • Find resources online for recycling old holiday lights

Think 5 When Recycling

Remember to "Think 5" and only place these empty and dry items in the blue lid recycling cart: (1) plastic bottles, jugs, and tubs #1 – #5, (2) metal cans, (3) glass bottles and jars, (4) cardboard, and (5) paper. This includes seasonal items such as cardboard and gift boxes (please flatten), paper calendars, eggnog cartons, and holiday cards and envelopes that are not metallic or glittery and do not have a musical chip.

These items cannot be recycled in the blue lid cart:

  • Plastic bags, air pillows, bubble wrap, and padded envelopes
    • Check local stores for drop-off containers to recycle plastic bags, film, and wrap.
  • Fireworks (used or unused) and cardboard firework tubes
    • Soak in water, place in a sealed bag, and toss in the garbage cart
  • Batteries
  • Foam and packing peanuts
  • Aluminum trays and pie tins
  • Gift bags, tissue paper, and wrapping paper
  • Toys
  • String lights

For more information on what can and cannot be recycled, visit

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any other holidays that affect the curbside collection schedule?
No, collection will be provided as scheduled on all other holidays.

Will the Orange County Landfill be open on Thanksgiving and Christmas?
No, the landfill and transfer stations will be closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Visit for regular operating hours.

If I’m not sure how to dispose of something, what should I do?
Use the What Goes Where tool to find the best ways to dispose of hundreds of items.