How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas TreesWhere and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Arkansas in January 2017

How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees

In many urban and suburban areas, Christmas trees are collected from curbside during the first 2 weeks in January. Be sure to remove all  remove all lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments, nails, stands,  other NON-Organic decorative materials and other materials that are not part of the original tree. This includes tree stands also.  Flocked trees are usually accepted, but not artificial trees. Large trees (larger than the standard 6 - 7 ft tree) may need to be cut in half to be acceptable by your garbage hauler. But scrroll down this page for more specific information and local links.

What happens to the trees? In most cases, the trees are chipped and made into a mulch which is usually made available, free to city or county residents. Important: Never burn your Christmas tree in a fireplace or wood stove. Burning the tree may contribute to creosote buildup and could cause a chimney fire.

Tips: Always follow the links (usually the name of the city or county) below for updated information, as these agencies often wait until the last minute to change dates or update their information (it's government, remember?). If your area is Grinding Christmas trees into mulchnot specifically mentioned below, contact your trash collection agency and inquire!

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Arkansas: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays

  • Arkansas Game and Fish Commission locations across the state:
    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission takes the Christmas tree you drop off at several sites around the state for use in improving the state's fisheries.
    Drop off your tree, free of ornaments, lights, etc, at the following locations:
    Cox Creek Lake - Cox Creek Lake Access Area.
    Lake Chicot - Connerly Bayou Access Area.
    Camden - AGFC Regional Office on Ben Lane.
    Upper White Oak Lake - Upper Jack's Landing.
    Magnolia - Columbia County Road Dept Yard on Highway 371.
    El Dorado - City recycling center drop-offs: one behind Arby's and one on South Jackson.
    Smackover - Recycling Drop-Off Center (these will be transported to El Dorado).
    Millwood Lake - Cottonshed, White Cliffs Recreation Areas and the Millwood State Park ramp on the point.
    Dierks Lake - Jefferson Ridge South Recreation Area.
    DeQueen Lake - Any Corps of Engineers boat ramp.
    Gillham Lake - Any Corps of Engineers boat ramp.
    Lake Greeson - New Cowhide Cove and Self Creek Recreation Areas.
    Arkansas River - Alltel Access underneath the I-30 Bridge.
    Lake Pickthorne - Near the boat ramp.
    Greers Ferry Lake - Sandy Beach (Heber Springs), Devils Fork Recreation Area and Choctaw Recreation Area (Choctaw-Clinton).
    Dardanelle Lake - Dwight Mission Access, Highway 64/Piney Access, Cabin Creek Slough Access. Jack Nolen Lake - Largest access ramp on rip-rap near ramp.
    Lake Conway - Lawrence Landing Access.
    Harris Brake Lake - Chittman Hill Access.
    Lake Overcup - Lake Overcup Landing.
    Lake Barnett - Reed Access.
    Jonesboro - Craighead Forest Park Lake boat ramp.
    Lake Elmdale - Boat Ramp Access.
    Bob Kidd Lake - Boat Ramp Access.
    Crystal Lake - Boat Ramp Access.
    Lake Willastein - Maumelle
    Lake Hamilton - Andrew Hulsey State Fish Hatchery Access Area
    For more information, call (501) 223-6300.
  • Little Rock, AR - Little Rock provides curbside pickup of trees. They should be disposed of like other yard waste.
  • Maumelle, Arkansas - Grinding of the Greens: Recycle your Christmas tree! Trees may be placed curbside for collection during the month of January on your regular yard waste pick up day. Please remove all lights, tinsel, etc. For more information, call 501-851-2888. Reminder: All holiday boxes and wrapping paper (except foil-lined) can be recycled at the transfer station at 600 Cogdell Drive, Maumelle.

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