Put in Garbage/Landfill Special Instructions

Decorative flags can go in the garbage. American flags require special handling. See instrcutions below.

Take to an American Legion

Most American Legions, VFWs and Boy Scout Troops will accept old flags and retire them respectfully in their next flag disposal ceremony.

Drop Off at a Police Station

Police stations also collect old flags for respectful disposal.

Retiring Flags at Your Home

A safe method to retire a flag at home is to bury it respectfully in a ceremony. Other respectful methods that can be done at home can be found here.

Ways to Reuse

Donate to Stars for Our Troops

Mail unwanted 3’ x 5’ flags with embroidered stars to Stars for Our Troops. They cut out the stars and mail them to active military, veterans and first responders as a show of support and respect.

Did You Know?

The American Flag’s Birthday

Flag Day is a holiday honoring the first official U.S. flag on June 14, 1777. Over its lifetime, between 1777-1960, there have been at least  27 versions of the flag.

The Oldest and Newest Flags of the World

Denmark holds the record for the oldest continuously-used flag in the world, with its white Scandinavian cross on a red background dating back to 1625. The title of the newest flag in the world goes to Mauritania, a country in Africa, who changed its flag to include two red stripes in 2017.