Where and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Illinois in January 2018
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
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
not specifically mentioned below, contact your trash collection agency and inquire!
See this page for local options to easily recycle your Christmas holiday lights
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Illinois: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays
Illinois (out side of the Chicago area) Christmas Tree Recycling
For Chicago, click here
Areas outside of Chicago
Christmas Tree Recycling. You can drop trees off at the following
Advanced Disposal (Veolia)
Transfer Station, 766 Hunter Drive (corner of Hubbard &
Hunter), Batavia, IL, 60510. Phone: 630-879-3587. Hours:
Monday to Friday
6am-5pm, Sat 6am-10am. Please remove all decorations, tinsel,
lights, etc. Cost: $15. Note: Special Saturday drop-off, 6am-10am,
$25 for a load of mixed material, equivalent to a pick-up truck
level bed full, can include a tree for no extra cost.
Midwest Compost; 1320 Spaulding Rd.
in Elgin, IL, 60120. Phone: 847-931-2900. Hours: Monday to
Please remove all decorations, tinsel, lights, and plastic bags used
for transporting. Closed Christmas and New Year's day. Cost: $10.
- Waste Management
will offer free curbside collection of trees from January 3 to January 13 for
existing residential customers. Trees will be chipped and converted to landscape
mulch. Also, trees must be cut in half if over 6 feet and all tinsel and
decorations must be removed. Please do not bag trees and be sure to uncover them
if buried by snow. Also, the Village of Algonquin, in cooperation with Elgin
Recycling, will be offering holiday light recycling November 23
through January 20 at
Ganek Municipal Center
, 2200 Harnish Drive. The collection
period has been extended for those who would like to recycle their
holiday lights after this season. A container for your unusable or
unwanted lights will be available in the Ganek Municipal Center
lobby during normal business hours. Items that will be accepted
include mini-lights, C7 lights, C9 lights, rope lights, LED lights,
and extension cords of any length. Please be sure to remove all
tinsel, garland, plastic casing, and other decoration items from the
light sets before they are dropped off. Elgin Recycling will recycle
the lights collected at Ganek Municipal Center and help Algonquin
reduce waste sent to landfills. Please note that household light
bulbs, floodlights, compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) or fluorescent
bulbs will not be accepted.
- Aurora Township Beginning Monday the week after New Years Day, Christmas
trees will be picked up for free during weekly trash and recycling
collection. For two weeks from Monday, January 8 through Friday,
January 19, no sticker is required for collection. To be property
recycled, trees must be free of plastic bags, all decorations
(including tinsel) and tree stands, and be placed at the curb by 6
a.m. on the normal collection day. Please note that due to the wire
used to form them, wreaths and garlands will not be collected as
recycling and must be stickered as trash. After the normal
collection day during the week of January 15, trees left at the curb
must be stickered in order to be collected.If you have any questions, please contact our office at
Aurora Township Highway Department will be initiating a Christmas tree and
wreath pick up service this year for unincorporated Aurora Township residents
only. Christmas Tree Recycling beginning January 3rd. The undecorated tree and
wreath pick up will be Weather permitting. No bags or plastic
of any kind and please put the cut end toward the street.
Additionally, the ATHD will accept Christmas tree and wreath drop
offs (no bags or plastic) from any Aurora Township resident at our
facility at 220 Butterfield Road. The drop off times are weekdays,
8am until 3pm, between January 3 and January 9. If you have any
questions, please contact our office at 630-892-0246..
- Live Christmas
trees will be picked up on residents' regular collection dates. Tree removal is
free on the dates specified on their website only. After these dates, affix a refuse or
yard waste sticker to the tree and place it at the curb on their regular
collection date. Plastic bags, ornaments, lights, nails, etc. should be removed
from the trees. Live wreaths and garland should be placed in regular refuse.
See the calendar on their website for the dates for each of these
areas: Far West Side (Randall to the west); East Side; West Side (Fox River to Randall).
- Christmas Tree Recycling and Collection Program.
The City of Champaign offers two convenient options to recycle your
Christmas/Holiday tree in January.
Curbside Collection: To enjoy
this free service, residents simply place their tree within four
feet of the curb before 6:00 am on their scheduled pickup day. Trees
are usually collected during the second full week in January (see
their website for exact dates) Collected trees are chipped and made
into garden mulch. The City will not collect trees with stands,
decorations, tinsel, lights, artificial snow/frost, plastic bags, or
any other material that makes the tree non-recyclable.
Site: Trees may also be taken to the Landscape Recycling Center
(1210 E. University Avenue, Urbana) at no cost during the month of
January. Call 217-344-5323 for hours and details.
- Dundee Township - Dundee
Township Highway Commission recycles trees. Bring your tree (all decorations
removed) to the Township Garage at 1900 Sleepy Hollow Road (at Rt 72) December
25th through January 14th. The trees can be dropped off anytime. There are signs
showing where to drop them off. We do not pick up any trees and the trees have
to have all decorations removed. Call Highway Commissioner Larry Braasch at
847-426-0898 for more information.
greenery must have all tinsel, ornaments, lights and nails removed before being
placed out at the curb for pick-up and cannot be placed in plastic bags. Holiday
greenery collection is FREE the FIRST TWO WEEKS in January.
City of Elgin
- Christmas Trees Christmas Trees will be collected
December 26th through January 13 (check, the exact date varies from
year to year) from all residential households.
Stickers are not required for Christmas trees during this period.
All decorations, stands, etc. must be removed from trees in order to
be collected. Do not place trees in plastic bags. Trees in plastic
bags will not be collected. After January 16, each Christmas Tree
will require one visibly affixed refuse sticker to be collected.
Yard waste collection services (except Christmas Trees), are not
provided to condominium and townhome units.
- Live Christmas trees will be collected the week of January 1, 2018 and
the week of January 8, 2018 (typically it's the first 2 full weeks
of the year) by the City's refuse collection company.All live
Christmas trees will be collected at the curb on your SCHEDULED
REFUSE COLLECTION DAY. Residents must place the tree at the edge of
pavement or near the curb for collection no later than 7:00 A.M. on
their scheduled refuse collection day. In order to ensure the
timeliness and the integrity of the schedule, crews will not return
for special pickups. Once the street has been completed, trees will
not be collected until the following week. Please remove all hard
materials, ornaments, nails, stands, etc. from the trees. NO REFUSE
STICKER WILL BE REQUIRED FOR THIS SERVICE. All wreaths and roping
must be placed out with normal trash on your scheduled refuse
- Gilberts - The Village of
Gilberts' Waste Hauler (MDC) shall pickup discarded Christmas trees place on the
curbside on the resident's normal pickup day after the Christmas holidays until
- Kane County -
- Maple Park - Christmas trees
will be picked up on the resident's service day beginning after December 25th.
Pickup will continue through the month of January. Trees must be free of all
decorations. Trees must not be in plastic bags. Trees over 7 feet must be cut in
- Allied Waste
will collect Christmas trees during the first and second full week of January
. Trees must be free of
plastic bags, all decorations (including tinsel) and tree stands, and be placed
at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on your normal collection day. No stickers are
- Live Christmas tree collection takes place the first two weeks of
January each year. Trees should be placed at the curb for pickup on
your normal garbage collection day and be free of tinsel,
decorations, lights, etc. No yard waste sticker is required for this
service in January 2018; however, yard waste stickers will be
required to dispose of your tree at the curb in January 2019.
Instructions and information around this change will be made
available in the fall of 2018.
Rockford Illinois Area
- See this page for a listing of
Christmas tree drop off locations from Keep Northern Illinois
Beautiful, which has arranged 13 collection sites in Winnebago
County for you to drop off your tree from January 1 - 15. Site times
may vary. Parks are generally open dawn-dusk. Wreaths are not
accepted due to wire frames. Drop-off Trees January 1 thru 15. Mulch
available while it lasts, until cleared - by March 1st
- South Elgin - Allied
Waste/Republic Services will pick up Christmas trees through January 17th on
normally scheduled refuse days. All decorations should be removed before placing
the tree at curbside.
- Springfield, IL - Department of Public Works
crews will collect natural fir and evergreen trees for two weeks
starting Jan. 2 through Jan. 13. Residents are encouraged to put the
trees on the curb by 7 a.m. on Jan. 2. They should not be put in the
way of traffic. There are other rules to follow: No flocking,
ornaments, tinsel or other decorations can be on the trees. Wooden
tree stands must be removed, and garlands and wreaths with wire
won't be accepted. Residents also can drop off trees and branches
from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the public works
facility, 301 N. 17th St.
Christmas trees will be picked up during the first two full weeks of
January. Trees will be picked up on BOTH sides of
the river on the regular scheduled refuse day. After this two-week
period, a sticker will be required. Trees are NOT to be placed in
disposal bags. Residents should note that all decorations, including
tinsel, must be removed. For more information, contact the Public
Works Department at 630-377-4405 or
- Pingree Grove/ Flood Brothers -
Christmas Trees will be collected for the first three weeks of January at no
charge. During this free three week collection period, trees must be free of all
decorations and cannot be in plastic bags. After the three week collection
period, Christmas trees will be considered a Bulk Item. (Bulk items will be
collected at no extra cost up to seven items each calendar year. Charge after
allowed seven will be $8.60 per item)
- January each year. The City of Urbana will provide holiday tree collection to
all residents for 2 weeks this holiday season: The first two weeks of January
on your U-Cycle collection day.
- Free Christmas
tree collections are scheduled for Saturday, January 5, 2013 and Friday, January
11, 2013 for those households receiving regular refuse collection within the
Village. Trees need to be stripped of all decorations and placed at the curb
with the cut end facing the street. Trees do not have to be cut up, bundled or
placed in yard waste bags. Trees in plastic bags or wrapped in plastic will not
be accepted. In addition, trees or greenery covered with artificial snow cannot
be accepted. Garlands and wreaths must be disassembled. The organic portion
should be placed in a yard waste bag while the rest is discarded as refuse. If
you live in a building with more than three units, contact your building owner
or refuse hauler regarding the disposal of your tree, or deliver it to one of
the drop-offs listed above.
- Christmas Tree Recycling. Check with your
municipality to see if trees are collected curbside for recycling
and composting. If not, consider taking your tree to a designated
Forest Preserve District of Will County drop-off site for mulching.
The pine chips can be used for trails or for landscaping. Trees can
be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at four Forest Preserve
District Visitor Center parking lots: Isle a la Cache Museum in
Romeoville, Monee Reservoir in Monee, Plum Creek Nature Center in
Beecher and Sugar Creek Administration Center in Joliet. Please
remove all lights and decorations from your tree. For information on
tree recycling program dates, visit
the District's website
If you unable to take a tree to a Forest Preserve District drop-off
site or place it at the curb for a special municipal tree
collection, consider placing it in your back yard for a month with
birdseed attached. This allows small birds to find shelter and food
in the winter months and gives the tree more use before it is taken
to a landfill.
- Winnebago County -
13 collection sites in Winnebago County for you to drop off your
tree from January 1 - 15. Site times may vary. Parks are generally
open dawn-dusk. Wreaths are not accepted due to wire frames.
Drop-off Trees January 1 thru 15. Mulch available while it lasts,
until cleared - by March 1st
Click here for locations, updated information and more details.