Wreaths Put in Garbage Artificial Wreaths Artificial wreaths should not be recycled. Donate them or throw them away if you’re not planning to reuse them. Remove All Ornaments, Lights and Tinsel Before disposal of live wreaths, make sure they are free of all ornaments, lights and tinsel. Too Much Wire? Throw Away If it’s too dangerous or difficult to remove all of the wiring, toss the wreath in the trash. Wiring is not biodegradable, so it cannot be recycled with live wreaths as green waste.