How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas TreesWhere and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Idaho 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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Idaho: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays

  • Boise - Christmas Tree Recycling - Christmas trees will by picked up by BFI/Allied Waste during the first week of January.  Christmas trees set out for collection must be free of lights, ornaments, tinsel, and stand.  They must be cut to 4-ft. lengths or smaller.  Flocked trees and wreaths are not accepted. Please note the following guidelines:
    Trees must be free of lights, ornaments, tinsel, and stand.
    Trees must be cut to 4-foot lengths or shorter. Tree branches must also be bundled and weigh less than 60 pounds.
    Flocked trees and wreaths are not accepted.
    The Ada County Landfill will accept Christmas trees at no charge from December 24, 2016 - January 14, 2017.
    Participating in tree collection program saves space in your trash cart and helps Boise achieve sustainability.
  • All other areas of Idaho

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