Christmas Tree Recycling

The best way for you to find where to recycle your Christmas tree is to do an on-line search for recycling options for your area. An example might be:

  • Visit your favorite on-line search engine (Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.) and enter the following: Christmas tree recycling [Your Area]
  • Earth911 offers a handy search tool to locate Christmas tree recycling options near you

IMPORTANT - Never burn your Christmas tree in a fireplace or wood stove! Pines, firs and other evergreens have a high content of flammable turpentine oils and burning the tree may contribute to creosote buildup and risk a chimney fire.

Do You Know What the Top Recycling Uses Are?

  • Bird Feeder/Sanctuary: Place the Christmas tree in the garden or backyard and make sure all decorations, hooks, garland and tinsel strands are removed. Fresh orange slices or strung popcorn will attract the birds and they can sit in the branches for shelter
  • Chipping: Chippings are used for various uses from mulch to hiking trails. Some communities offer free tree mulch for use in your garden
  • Fish habitat: Christmas trees sunk into fish ponds make excellent refuge, breeding areas and feeding areas for fish
  • Soil Erosion Barriers: Christmas trees can be used to make effective sand and soil erosion barriers, especially for lake and river shoreline stabilization and river delta sedimentation management

What Are Your Recycling Choices?

  • Curbside pick-up: Most areas will collect trees during their regular pickup schedules during the 2-3 weeks following Christmas
  • Non-profit pickup in your area: Some boy/girl scout troops and other non-profits offer a pickup service for a small donation
  • Drop off your tree at a recycling center: Most cities/counties have free drop-off locations throughout their area, call or search on-line for more information

Tips on Getting Your Tree Ready for Recycling

  • Artificial Christmas trees can not be recycled
  • Remove all ornaments, tinsel, lights, and other non-organic decorative materials. Remember to remove your tree stand also
  • If you are going to have your tree picked up curbside, trees are often required to be cut into three to four foot lengths
  • Flocked trees will often need to be chopped-up and disposed with regular solid waste.