How to handle Christmas waste in Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills


Published December 29, 2023 at 11:39 am

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Now that the holiday season has just about wrapped up you will have to deal with the waste left in its wake.

While many items are obvious about whether they go into the garbage or recycling bins, others are less so.

On the Halton Region website you can look up what goes where, but here is a guide that will help you along (all information is from Halton Region).

  • Wrapping paper — garbage bin
  • Tissue wrapping paper — green cart
  • Broken ornaments — garbage bin
  • Unwanted ornaments — donate to reuse outlets
  • Artificial Christmas tree — bulk waste that can be left on curbside on garbage collection day (otherwise donate to reuse outlet)
  • Natural Christmas tree — You can leave it on the curb but check your street schedule for when collection will take place. You can also drop off your natural Christmas tree at Conservation Halton on Jan. 6 at 2596 Britannia Rd. in Burlington from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. These trees will be used for naturalization projects
  • Gift boxes — recycling bin
  • Broken toys — garbage bin
  • Unwanted toys — donate to reuse outlets
  • Broken Christmas lights — Can be delivered to the electronics bin located at the Halton Waste Management Site (HWMS) container station, for free
  • Working Christmas lights — donate to reuse outlets
  • Food — green cart

Because of the New Year’s Day on Jan. 1, waste collection will take place one day later than usual this week.

As well, you do not need garbage bag tags on the first garbage collection after Christmas Day. The six garbage bag/can limit applies. Make sure containers and bags are visible to collection crews, and are free of snow and ice. Do not place on top of snowbanks or on the road.

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