How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas TreesWhere and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Indiana in January 2018

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

  • Indianapolis, Marion County - the City is making it easier than ever to dispose of live Christmas trees after the holiday season. January 1 - January 31, trash crews will pick up live Christmas trees curbside as part of regular trash pick up at no additional charge to residents. To be collected, residents must follow the following guidelines: Remove all lights and ornaments from trees. Cut and bundle trees in 3-foot to 4-foot sections. Place the tree at the curb on your regular trash collection day in January. Residents may still drop their trees at Indy Parks locations as they have done in years past at any of the following parks locations:
    Broad Ripple Park, 1610 Broad Ripple Ave., South lot
    Ellenberger Park, 5301 E. St. Clair Street, Main parking lot
    Garfield Park, 2432 Conservatory Drive, MacAllister Center
    Krannert Park, 605 S. High School Road, North parking lot
    Perry Park, 451 Stop 11 Road, Southwest side of parking lot near pool
    Riverside Park, 2420 N. Riverside Drive, Tennis court parking lot
    Sahm Park, 6801 E. 91st Street, Soccer field parking lot
    Northwestway Park, 5253 W. 62nd Street, Near the recycling bins
    Christmas tree collection in January will not affect residents' regular trash limitations, it does not count against youry weekly trash limit. Those in hand collection areas may leave up to 10 kitchen-size bags of trash in addition to one Christmas tree. Those in cart collection areas may leave up to two carts of trash in addition to one Christmas tree.
    If you cannot cut and bundle my tree for collection on my regular trash day, you may leave your tree at the curb on your monthly heavy trash collection day. Trees left for pick-up on heavy trash days do not need to be cut and bundled. Each tree will count as one heavy trash item.
    After January, residents may place their trees at the curb on heavy trash days for collection. Each tree will count as one heavy trash item.
  • Allen County, Fort Wayne area - Allen county Fort Wayne Christmas tree recycling drop off locationsDrop off your Christmas tree at the locations at right. Christmas trees will not be picked up. Wreathes are not accepted. See the list at right or call 449-7878.
  • Carmel, IN - Free Christmas tree pickup is available curbside on your regular trash days beginning January 1st. Please remove all decorations and do not bag your tree. Christmas tree pick up is included in the program at no additional cost. Please have Christmas trees cut in half and laid next to the trash cart.
  • Columbus, IN - Wednesday, December 26th - Friday, January 11th. City crews will be picking up residential Christmas trees CURBSIDE (no alleys) the day following their regular trash collection. Friday's trees will be collected on the following Monday. There will be no special pick-ups made for Christmas trees and collections will not be made on private streets. All trees (not in bags) must be free of ornaments, hooks, stands, or nails and placed at the curbside. Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
  • Goshen, Indiana - Christmas Tree Disposal - Goshen Street Department workers will pick up discarded Christmas trees December 29-January 23. After removing the tree stand and all lights and decorations, City residents may place their tree by the street curb. No artificial trees will be collected, and no collections will be made from City alleys. Please note that snow events will take precedence over the collection of discarded trees. Residents wishing to personally dispose of their tree - and all remaining trees after January 23 - may take it/them to the Environmental Center at North Indiana Avenue and County Road 19 (the first left turn north of Wilden Avenue) Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The trash-collection service will not take your discarded tree. If you have questions, contact the Street Department at 534-9711 or streets@goshencity.com .
  • Greenwood, IN - curbside Christmas tree pickup is offered through January. Trees must be undecorated and not bagged. Trees will be picked up and then transported to the city recycling area on Fry road where they will be turned to mulch. Mulch is generally available for free to Greenwood residents but no information is available at this time.
  • Johnson County, Indiana - Christmas Tree Recycling, see the image at right. The Johnson County Recycling District has the resources to help you recycle or dispose of many of your unwanted household items in an environmentally friendly way, if possible. Call us at (317) 738-2546 for recycling/disposal information. The District office will be closed December 24, 25, and 31st and January 1st. The Recycling District accepts the following items at the District office, 900 Arvin Road, Suite A, Franklin:
    Electronics such as computers, monitors, stereos, televisions (Fees apply for TV's and computer monitors) Cash or check only. Checks made payable to JCSWMD), Cell phones with cords and chargers, PDA"s or Blackberry devices, MP3 players or IPods,  Printer ink cartridges, Rechargeable batteries: includes rechargeable household batteries, button batteries, power tool batteries, Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion), Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn) or Lead (pb) under 2 lbs. For more information on recycling rechargeable batteries, visit the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation, www.rbrc.org . We are not able to accept alkaline batteries at this time. Unfortunately we can not accept alkaline batteries at this time. Place them in with your regular trash.

     

  • South Bend, Indiana - Drop off your tree or have the City of South Bend pick it up. All trees are recycled at Organic Resources into high quality mulch, which is provided at no cost to South Bend residents. The Street Department offers two options for the disposal of natural Christmas trees.
    Option 1: Drop-off-Between Monday, December 28, 2015 through Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., seven days a week, Christmas trees can be dropped off at three designated locations in the city. Signs will be posted to direct residents to designated drop-off points at the following three locations:
    Rum Village Park - Ewing Avenue at Gertrude Street
    Pinhook Park - 2800 block of Riverside Drive
    Veterans Memorial Park - Twyckenham Drive at Northside Blvd.
    Please Note: Drop off is for Christmas trees only. No trash is permitted under any circumstances. Placing of any items other than Christmas trees is an offense under the South Bend Municipal Code.
    Option 2: Automatic pickup-This will begin on Monday, January 4, 2016, through Friday, January 15, 2016. By this time, call-in orders will not be necessary. Residents are asked to follow these guidelines for safe and efficient tree pickup:
    All trees should be placed at curbside by 6 am. Do not place trees in the street or in alleys.
    Please remove all lights, ornaments, and metal, including tree stands or nails, before discarding Christmas trees. Items left on trees can injure employees or seriously damage the tree shredding equipment, leaving it inoperable.
    Artificial trees and trees containing any metal, glass, or wire, will not be collected and will be the owner's responsibility to dispose. Finally, please note that in the event of snowfall, plowing the streets will become a priority.
    For further information on Christmas tree pickup, please call the the City of South Bend's 311 Service.
  • Westfield, IN - offers curbside pick up of trees through the week of January 15.