Where and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Maine 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
If it has just snowed; see
this page about how to make snocones from real snow!
Your kids will love it!
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See our easy recipes to
Chocolate Yule log
click here to make your own low-fat,
low calorie but delicious Egg Nog
! Then come back to our
other website in March to
local Easter Egg Hunt for your children
Maine: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays
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
after Christmas 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 mid April 15 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
- 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 after January 1st. Curbside collection will end on the second Friday
in January. 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.
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.
Christmas Tree Recycling
Collection: Public Works will be collecting Christmas trees curbside
from Tuesday afyer New Year's Day, through the second Friday
in January. 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 the first Saturday in January. You will be notified by email
if the scheduled pick-up date 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 December 29th. 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
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 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.