Where and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Maryland 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!
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Maryland: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays
- Curbside Tree Collection for residents beginning January 9 through
January 31, 2018. Residents should set out trees on their regularly
scheduled trash collection day, at the same location where their
trash is collected. All tinsel and ornaments must be removed from
trees before they are set out for curbside collection, or brought in
for mulching. The Convenience Center is located at 701 Reedbird Ave. Residents
may bring bags or containers if they wish to collect mulch for their own use.
Community groups are also encouraged to bring bags or containers and collect
free mulch for neighborhood gardens, while supplies last.
DPW offers tree mulching from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday
through Saturday, beginning January 6 (except City holidays) at the
Northwest Citizens’ Convenience Center, 2840 Sisson Street.
Residents may bring their own bags or containers if they wish to
collect mulch for their own use. Community groups are also
encouraged to bring bags or containers and collect free mulch for
neighborhood gardens while supplies last. Just make sure all tinsel
and ornaments are removed before mulching. Mulching continues
through January 31. For additional information on these and other
Solid Waste services, please call 311 or
Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
- The curbside collection of live Christmas trees for recycling in
Baltimore County will take place over a two-week period,
beginning Monday, every Mid-January (in 2018, it's January 15,
2018). Because Christmas tree collection dates will vary from
place to place, residents must have trees set out no later than
Saturday, January 20 to ensure collection.
Change for Residents with Alley Collection: New, starting in
2018, residents should place trees out for pick-up at the same
location where they would normally place trash and recycling for
collection. Specifically, residents with alley collection are
instructed to place their Christmas trees in the alley, where
they normally set out trash and recycling. This change is in
response to requests from the community and it improves
operational efficiency. As usual, residents must follow
these rules when placing their Christmas trees out to be
- Only set out live (not
- Set out the tree only (no lights,
decorations, tinsel, bags, tree stands, etc.).
County collectors will pick up Christmas trees in standard
trash/recycling trucks, and deliver them to County facilities to
be chipped and later used as mulch. Baltimore County residents
who live in an apartment or condominium should follow their
property manager’s rules when recycling their Christmas trees.
Residents who wish to drop off
Christmas trees themselves may do so starting Tuesday,
December 26. Christmas trees (no lights, decorations, tinsel,
bags, tree stands, etc.) may be taken to any one of the County’s
three drop-off locations.
Residents who wish to drop off Christmas trees themselves may do
so starting December 26. Christmas trees (no
lights, decorations, tinsel, bags, tree stands, etc.) may be
taken to one of the three County drop-off locations:
Eastern Sanitary Landfill Solid Waste Management
6259 Days Cove Road, off 11400 block of Pulaski
Monday to Saturday, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Baltimore County Resource Recovery Facility
201 Warren Road, facility entrance is on Drop-off Drive, off
Warren Road, a quarter mile west of York Road and a quarter mile
east of Beaver Dam Road
Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Western Acceptance Facility
3310 Transway Road, off 4500 block of Hollins Ferry Road
Monday to Saturday, 7
a.m. - 4 p.m.
lick here for more recycling information.
For additional information or directions to the
County's three drop-off centers, please visit
Anne Arundel County
401-222-6103. Click the link at left for curbside
collection dates. Yard waste is composed of leaves, grass clippings,
garden waste, and brush (such as twigs, prunings, and small
branches), and small trees (including Christmas trees and wreaths).
Anne Arundel County collects and composts yard waste, thereby
keeping a valuable resource from taking up expensive space in a
- Carroll County
- Call for updates: Phone:
- Taneytown. Friday, second week in
January. Place the tree with decorations, lights, tinsel, etc.
removed at the curb by 5 a.m.
- Hampstead. Monday, Second and 3rd
Mondays in January. Place the tree with decorations, lights, tinsel,
etc. removed at the curb on Sunday evening.
- Manchester. Last 2
Fridays in January. Place the tree with decorations, lights, tinsel,
etc. removed at curb on Thursday evening.
- Mount Airy. Second
Saturday in January. Place the tree with decorations, lights,
tinsel, etc. removed at the curb by 6 a.m.
- New Windsor. Second
and Third Wednesdays in January. Place the tree with decorations,
lights, tinsel, etc. removeds in front of house. Main Street
residents should place trees in the alleys behind their homes.
Sykesville. Second and Third Thursday in January. Place the tree
with decorations, lights, tinsel, etc. removeds at the curb
- Westminster. First 3 Mondays in January
(after January 1st). Place the tree with decorations, lights,
tinsel, etc. removeds curbside Sunday evening. Trees can also be
dropped off until March 31 at the Westminster Skate Park, at the
corner of Tuc Road and Locust Street, next to the Dumpster.
Union Bridge. No tree collection is provided
Please remove all tinsel, ornaments, lights, tree stands, plastic ties, etc. before bringing your tree for recycling at
any of the county's seven convenient drop off locations.
(Frederick County does not provide curbside collection of
Christmas trees, but many municipalities and homeowners
associations do; please inquire with your local office for
information.) Drop-Off Sites:
Reichs Ford Road Yard Waste
Recycling Site - 9031 Reichs Ford RD, Frederick, MD 21704
Ballenger Creek Park (second parking lot on the left) - 5420
Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick, MD 21703
(lower left parking lot) - 3456B Kemptown Church RD, Monrovia, MD 21770
Middletown Park Recycling Center (area next to
maintenance shop) - 7628 Coblentz RD, Middletown, MD 21769
Point of Rocks Ruritan Club (left side of parking lot) - 1637
Ballenger Creek Pike, Point of Rocks, MD 21777
Park (fenced area on right) - 30 Eyler RD, Thurmont, MD 21788
Heritage Farm Park (yard trimmings collection site) - 9224
Devilbiss Bridge RD, Walkersville, MD 21793
For a printable flyer listing all sites
click here .
Harford County - the Christmas Tree
Recycling Program has been established since 1989. Over 90,000
trees have been turned in by county residents for recycling
saving valuable landfill space. Christmas trees are ground into
mulch along with other yard and garden trimmings at the 6-acre
paved Composting Facility at the Harford Waste Disposal Center.
After the holidays, recycle your cut Christmas tree for free at
HWDC Mulch and Compost Facility at 3135
Scarboro Road in Street, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through
Saturday; and at the
Tollgate Yard Trim Drop Off site at 703
N. Tollgate Road in Bel Air on Saturdays only from 7 a.m. to 3
Trees must be free of lights, decorations, tinsel,
bags, and tree stands. Did you know you can recycle clothing,
textiles, electronics and more for free in Harford County? To
learn more, visit our recycling Web page.Throughout the year, residents may visit the Composting Facility
at 3241 Scarboro Road, Street, for three 30-gallon bags or cans
of free mulch or compost. Residents must supply their own bags
or 30-gallon trash cans. Larger quantities of mulch or compost
are available for purchasing. This is a very popular program, so
residents should call the Harford Waste Disposal Center at
(410) 638-3417 or Email:
email@example.com. for availability.
Click here to View Trimming Drop-Off Locations
410-313-6444. Merry Mulch Your Holiday Tree: You
can help keep thousands of trees out of the landfill by placing you tree
at the curb on your recycling day or by taking your tree to a Merry
Mulch drop-off site. These trees will be mulched and given a new life.
Tree Drop-off Sites - Look for Merry Mulch signs at the following
drop-off sites (Remove all tinsel, garland, ornaments, lights, tree
stands, plastic bags, etc)
Clarksville - Kendall Hardware
(12260 Rt. 108)
Columbia - Cedar Lane Park (5081 Cedar Lane)
Grandfather’s Garden Center - (5320 Phelps Luck Dr.)
Rockburn Park (5400 Landing Road)
Ellicott City - Small Circuit Court
parking lot on upper Court House Drive (just past Ellicott Mills Drive,
on the right)
Highland - Schooley Mill Park (12975 Hall Shop Road)
Marriottsville - Alpha Ridge Landfill Wood Waste Area (2350
Savage - Savage Park (8400 Fair Street)
Woodbine - Western Regional Park (14800 Carrs Mill Road)
Check out the list of drop-off sites and more information
. For a
handy chart of collections,
visit our Holiday Schedule webpage
- Phone: 301-590-0046. The county
collects Christmas trees along with regular yard waste collection. Put
your trees on the curb by 7 am on your regular recycling collection day.
Residents in apartment buildings are subject to rules set by building
managers. If you miss your collection day (either home or apartment) you
can take your tree to the Shady Grove Processing Facility in Derwood.
Christmas trees are given a new life after being composted or chipped
for mulch, so keep the tree in a natural state. Remove the stand and all
decorations, including lights, ornaments, tinsel, and garland. Be sure
there is no metal attached to the tree. Remove any plastic bags from
your tree. "Living" Christmas trees with root balls and artificial trees
cannot be collected as yard trim. You can also recycle branches and
needles at home by placing them under trees and shrubs as a temporary
winter mulch -- or chop them up and add them to your compost pile!
How to dispose of your artificial tree:
If you have Montgomery
County-provided trash collection service, request a bulk trash pickup
for your artificial Christmas tree.
If you have privately-provided
trash service because you or your homeowners' association have direct
contract with a company, check with your collection company for
If your artificial Christmas tree is still in usable
condition, try offering it for reuse on your neighborhood email list,
Craigslist, your local Freecycle group, or similar places.
and roping are typically bound together with wire. Wire could damage our
shredding equipment. And, pieces of wire would become "contaminants" in
mulch. If you can separate the greens from their wire, bag or bundle
them as yard trim, and set them out for collection on your recycling
day. Otherwise, dispose of your wreaths and roping as trash.
Prince George's County
- The county collects Christmas
trees along with regular yard waste. Yard waste includes grass
clippings, leaves, small branches, brush and Christmas trees. For more
information about yard waste collection, dial 311. The trees and
wreathes (minus ornaments, lights, metal, stands, etc) should be put on
the curb before 6:30 am on regular recycling days. You can also take
your tree to:
the Yard Waste Composting Facility at 6601 Southeast
Crain Highway in Upper Marlboro and
the Brown Station Road Public
Convenience Center at 3501 Brown Station Road in Upper Marlboro. See
their websites for open hours.
- residents can recycle Christmas
trees at no charge at solid waste facilities.
Clean Christmas trees
(two tree limit), with all lights, ornaments and nails removed, will be
accepted daily through January 31, excluding holidays.
Trees will be
- Forty West Landfill, west of Huyett's Crossroads off
U.S. 40, Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Convenience Center, 13125 Bikle Road, Tuesday to Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to
- Hancock Convenience Center, 6502 Hess Road, Tuesday to
Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Kaetzel Convenience Center, 2926
Kaetzel Road, Tuesday to Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Convenience Center, 2201 Dargan School Road, Tuesday to Saturday, 7:30
a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Phone: (240) 313-2796.
Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
- Christmas Tree Collection: During the
month of January the city offers residents free Christmas tree disposal
at the designated dumpster next to the skate board park on Locust Lane.
Otherwise, trees are collected curbside every other Monday (except
scheduled City holidays) following the bulk trash schedule. Residents
are not required to call in and schedule a pickup, the trees will be
automatically collected with tree limbs and brush every other Monday.
Trees collected through this program are shredded, along with other tree
limbs, to be used as mulch on City flower beds, tree pits, and park
grounds. Each year we are able to produce around 200 tons of mulch,
which saves us from having to buy it at a local supply yard. So
recycling your tree actually saves the city money, and contributes to
the beautification of your public spaces! Steps: Either way you choose
to do it, please follow these steps:
Remove all ornaments,
decorations, and lights
Take the tree out of its stand
Do not wrap
the tree in plastic, trash bags, or blankets
If we are picking it up
at your house, set it out no sooner than Sunday morning