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

  • Augusta, Maine
    Christmas Tree Recycling Beginning after the Monday Christmas you can drop off your tree at the Public Works Department on North Street, 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday In observance of New Year's Day, Public Works & Hatch Hill Landfill will be closed January 1st or  beginning Monday, December 28, 2015 you can drop off your tree at the Hatch Hill Solid Waste Disposal Facility, South Belfast Avenue 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. NO ARTIFICIAL TREES ACCEPTED AND ALL TREES MUST BE FREE OF STANDS AND DECORATIONS. NO WREATHS OR GARLANDS. Trees will be accepted through Friday, April 15, 2016 FREE OF CHARGE. THERE WILL BE NO CURBSIDE PICK UP OF CHRISTMAS TREES. Any questions please call Public Works at 626-2435 or Hatch Hill at 626-2440.
  • Bangor, Maine
    Residents may drop off Christmas trees at Bangor Public Works, 530 Maine Ave. Drop off hours are during daylight hours Monday through Sunday. As part of the City commitment to recycle, the trees will be chipped, with some chips being used as a mulch and erosion control throughout the City. The remainder will be sold as bio mass. Please remove all wire and or metal objects from trees. Residents without means of transportation may place their tree curbside. Curbside collection will begin on Monday, January 4. Curbside collection will end on Friday, January 15.
    Wreaths will not be collected for chipping either at Public Works compound, or curbside. Discarded wreaths are to be placed curbside with residential trash on the scheduled collection day. For information please call 992-4500.
  • Brewer, Maine
    Following Christmas, the City provides two means of disposal for resident's Christmas trees. We provide a central drop off site in the parking lot near the lower entrance to the Brewer Auditorium off Wilson Street where the trees can be dropped off anytime throughout the month of January. The second option is trees can be taken to the Brewer Landfill during regular business hours and added to the brush pile, free of charge. Trees dropped off at the Auditorium are picked up weekly by the Public Works Department and added to the brush pile at the landfill. Once a year, the entire brush pile at the landfill is ground up by a contractor, at no cost to the City, and the material is all reused.
  • Brunswick, Maine
    Christmas Tree Recycling Collection: Public Works will be collecting Christmas trees curbside from Tuesday, 1/3, through Friday, 1/13. Collection will follow the regular trash collection route schedule, weather permitting. To help with our Christmas tree collection we ask all to do as follows: The tree must have all decorations removed, be unbagged and have any tree stand removed. Place the tree curbside. The tree will be collected by Public Works staff and not by our trash collector, Pine Tree Waste, Inc. We may not be able to collect all trees on the same day as trash collection but we will continue collecting the routes for two weeks. Please make sure the tree remains free for collection and does not get frozen in place or buried by snow. If you miss our collection or want to recycle your tree sooner you may bring your tree to either the Graham Road Landfill when it is open (Tue. thru Sat., 8 am to 3:30 pm) or you may drop your tree off at the Leaf Drop-Off area on Industry Rd - only during this collection period. The Industry Rd area is available for drop-off 24/7.
  • Cape Elizabeth, Maine
    Christmas trees and Brush, Demolition, Metal Goods, and Wood Waste: These items may be deposited in a designated area pursuant to the fee schedule on these page. The facility will accept up to the equivalent of two (2) pick-up truck loads per day of separated materials. There is no charge for Christmas Trees.
  • Cumberland and  North Yarmouth
    The Lions Club will pick-up and recycle your Christmas Tree for a fee. All proceeds will benefit the community and trees will be recycled and turned into mulch for Cumberland residents. Please put out only trees for collection (no wreaths!). To prepare trees for collection you must remove ALL decorations (including lights, wires, ornaments, hooks, tinsel, and garland) from trees. Trees must be placed curbside before 8 am on Saturday, January 3. You will be notified by email if the scheduled pick-up date of January 3rd will be changed due to inclement weather. To order your Christmas Tree pick-up: please complete the form below to pay by credit card, or download this mail-in form to pay by check. All orders need to be received BEFORE Monday, December 29, 2014. Your Christmas Tree will be picked-up in Cumberland and North Yarmouth. You can also donate to our Community Service Fund to help us distribute poinsettias and fruit baskets during the Holiday Season to local shut-ins, bereaved, elderly, and lonely community members. If you have any questions, please contact us at 829-5063 or e-mail: WeServe@cnylions.org
  • Saco, Maine
    Put trees curbside by 7 am on the Monday after New Year's Day (January 1st). Each city street will be collected only once/  After that trees can be brought to the transfer station free of charge for Saco residents.
  • South Berwick, Maine
    Christmas trees can be brought to the Transfer Station during normal operating hours. The Recycling Center is located on Agamenticus Road. (Take a right off of Portland Street at the monument).
  • South Portland, Maine
    Christmas trees are collected for approximately 3 weeks following Christmas. Collections will be picked up by Public Works crews, not Pine Tree Waste. Please set leaf bags and trees curbside, but away from your trash barrels. Specific dates of both collections will be advertised in the Portland Press Herald and the South Portland Sentry, as well as on the city website and via South Portland's e-community newsletter. If you should miss the collection dates, these items can be brought to the Transfer Facility, free of charge.
  • Waterville, Maine
    Waterville Christmas Tree collection: Trees can be left curbside or dropped off at the Quarry Road Recreation Area. The City of Waterville Department of Public Works will begin picking up Christmas trees the week of January 2; weather permitting. Trees should be left at the curb. Be sure to remove all decorations, tinsel and stands. Residents may also discard trees at the Quarry Road Recreation Area located off North Street. They should be placed on the left side of the road below the I-95 overpass. Trees will later be chipped and reused as mulch. For more information, call the Department of Public Works at 680-4744.

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