Where and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Massachusetts in January 2017
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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Massachusetts: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays
- Statewide: If you do not see your city in the list
below, go to
the Massachusetts state website, you can enter your
city and find the local public works dept contact information to see
what their options are. Tree-cycle after the holidays. More than 200
Massachusetts towns and cities provide for the collection of cut
Christmas trees, which are then recycled into compost or mulch
Agawam, MA - Christmas trees will be collected
on the same day as your scheduled trash collection during the
week of January 2nd – 5th. Christmas trees 7’ or larger
must be cut in half and placed on the tree belt no earlier than
7am of the collection day listed above. Trees in plastic bags
will not be collected.
Massachusetts - The Department of Public Works typically
collects and recycles Christmas trees during the first two weeks of
January. You should put your tree out on your regular trash and
recycling collection day. If your apartment building puts their
trash in a dumpster, trees should be placed next to the dumpster for
collection. If you miss this, the city collects Christmas trees for
recycling in January: call 635-4959, Public Works
will collect Christmas trees for composting from January 7-18.
Remove all ornaments, decorations, and stands from trees and place
trees at the curb by 7AM on your recycling day. Do not put trees in
plastic bags, and don't forget to recycle your holiday catalogs and
wrapping paper as well. Note:
Public Works will pick-up trees beginning January 7 on your recycling day.
Your Recycling Day.
Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
For further information, please call the Boston Recycling Program at
Cambridge, MA - Weather permitting, bare
trees will be collected from residents for recycling on your
regular collection day from December 31 to January 11. Remove stand and all decorations. Do not put in a plastic
bag. Place bare trees at the curb by 7am on collection day or
after 6pm the night before. Residents can also bring bare trees
to the Recycling Center during open hours (Tues/Thurs 4pm-7:30pm
and Sat 9am-4pm) from December 28 to January 26, 2013.
Recycling Christmas trees prevents them from getting buried in
the landfill. Trees are recycled into mulch. Every year, City
residents recycle thousands of trees.
Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
Chicopee, MA - Residents can drop off Christmas
trees at the Chicopee Sanitary Landfill.
Concord, Massachusetts - Christmas Trees may be brought
to the Composting Site on the dates indicated below. If you miss one
of these scheduled events Christmas Trees may be brought to the
Composting Site whenever it is open April through November. Wreaths
and garlands can not be recycled because of the wire used to shape
them. Please dispose of wreaths and garlands with your regular
trash. Location: Composting Site: Walden Street (route 126), just
across Route 2, before you reach Walden Pond.
Friday, December 30 (Christmas Trees only)
Saturday, December 31
(Christmas Trees, Styrofoam and Christmas Tree Lights)
January 6 (Christmas Trees only)
Saturday, January 7 (Christmas
Trees, Styrofoam and Christmas Tree Lights)
Hours: 9:00 - 3:00.
Fairhaven, MA - several days in mid January, Christmas
Tree pick up is one day after regular rubbish pick up day Place
trees at curbside by 7 am on day of pick up. Remove all ornaments
and tinsel. DO NOT PUT IN PLASTIC BAGS. Missed trees may be dropped
off at the gate at the Recycle Center, 5 Arsene Street.
Greenfield, MA - Residents have two options:
Greenfield residents who receive curbside trash collection can
place Christmas trees curbside for collection at no charge. The
curbside collection period will be for 2 weeks beginning January
2nd through January 13th. OR
Christmas trees can be brought
to the Transfer Station at no charge for Greenfield Residents.
There is a ten dollar charge for non-Greenfield residents.
Transfer Station Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 12:30 to 2:30;
Thursday and Friday 11:00 to 2:30 pm; and Saturdays * 7:30 to
2:00 pm (Transfer Station is closed on Friday December 30th) *
Beginning January 15th the Saturday hours will be 7:30 to 12:00.
There is no charge to residents; Non-residents can bring their
trees to the Transfer Station for $10.
Holyoke, MA - Curbside pick-up during the first two
weeks of January; Your Christmas Tree will be picked up at
curbside sometime during the first two weeks of January. The
trees will be collected on your trash day. Your Christmas Tree
needs to be cleaned of all ornaments, lights, tinsel etc. Avoid
leaving the tree in the snow bank during a snow storm, because
if the tree becomes frozen in the snow bank we will be unable to
pick it up for disposal.
Lowell, MA - Christmas Tree drop-off: Lowell does not
provide curbside collection of Christmas Trees.
There are 9
convenient neighborhood drop-off sites (see
this map). Lowell BSA Troop 23 is offering curbside collection (see
their flyer; You can send an e-mail to
, or you can call and leave a message at 978-743-9627. Or
Marion, Massachusetts - Christmas tree pick-up is
scheduled for the week of January 9 through January 13, 2017.
Christmas trees should be placed curbside by 7:00 a.m. on the day of
your regularly scheduled rubbish pick-up. Trees are also accepted at
the Transfer Station on Benson Brook Road. Please be sure trees are
free of all ornaments and tinsel. If you have any questions, please
contact the DPW office at (508) 748-3540 ext. 101.
Newton, Mass - Newton will collect Christmas trees for
recycling the first two weeks of January, on your collection day
only*. 2016 dates: January 4th through January 15th.
Christmas trees will be collected for recycling on your collection
day from January 4th through January 15th. Please place your
undecorated Christmas tree out to the curb by 7am on your collection
day during this time. All decorations and lights must be removed and
trees cannot be in a bag. *After this time, the City will not
collect Christmas trees. Residents will be responsible for disposing
their own trees, they will NOT be accepted as bulk waste. Or wait
until April and prepare the tree according to
yard waste guidelines. For more
Waste-Free Holiday tips, check out our guide!
Northampton, MA - Trees can be brought to Smith
Vocational High School from 9AM-Noon JSaturday, January 7th and
Saturday, January 14th. Address is Smith Vocational High School,
80 Locust Street, Northampton, MA. All trees must be clear of
ornaments, lights, tinsel, plastic bags, netting and metal
wires. Trees will be chipped on site. For more information
contact: The Northampton DPW at 587-1570.
Pittsfield, Massachusetts - Pittsfield residents have
two options for disposing of their Christmas Trees:
Option No. 1
– Residents may take their tree to Covanta Pittsfield on Hubbard
Avenue at no cost. Please remove all the tinsel, lights, and
ornaments from the trees, so they can be recycled.
Option No. 2 –
Residents may place their tree with their trash on the curb for
Allied Waste to collect as part of regular trash collection.
Plymouth, MA - See their annual announcement. (yes,
they make it challenging, you have to search their website).
Reading, MA - Christmas Tree Recycling: This January
the Town is providing two options for recycling of Christmas trees.
On Saturday, in mid-January (see their website for this year's date)
residents may take their trees to the Compost Area on Strout Avenue
from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (leaves and branches will also be
accepted at this time). In addition the contractor will collect
Christmas trees curbside on your regular rubbish collection day the
week of January 12 - 16. All decorations, including tinsel, must be
removed from the trees. Trees in plastic bags or not completely
cleaned of this material will not be picked up or accepted at the
Compost Area. Please note, to use the Compost Center, you will need
a 2015 Community Access Sticker. For further information regarding
the Community Access Sticker contact the Police Department.
Somerville, MA - Christmas Tree Recycling: Place
curbside with regular trash in December and January. Remove all
decorations. Do not place in a plastic bag. Trees picked up through
January are mulched. Trees picked up in February are disposed of as
trash. Pick up free mulch through February. Artificial trees can be
put out with regular trash. Real trees will be picked up by DPW for
mulching in January. Trees put out after January, will be picked up
for regular trash.
Southbridge, MA - Live Christmas trees are picked up
every year by the Department of Public Works during the month of
January. Residents shall place trees at the curb in front of their
property. Trees must be stripped of all decorations (i.e. ornaments,
lights, garland and stands). Residents are responsible for
wind-blown trees and trees which obstruct plowing operations until
such time as the Town removes them.
Massachusetts - Department of Public Works reminds
Springfield residents who have Christmas trees for disposal to place
them on the curb on their normal recycling day. The Solid Waste
Division will collect the trees starting on January 10, 2017 and
ending January 20, 2017. After that time, Springfield residents can
bring the Christmas trees to the Bondi Island Landfill and dispose
of them at no charge. As a reminder, all trees MUST be free of any
decorative lights, ornaments, decorations or tree stands. Trees MUST
NOT be placed in any bags or boxes. Please lay trees on their side.
Please do not tie them up with anything. Items should be placed out
for collection no later than 6:00 a.m. on the day of collection For
additional information on collection days residents can call 3-1-1
or (413) 736-3111.
Westford, MA - The Westford Fire Fighters Association -
978-392-0028. WFFA collects Christmas trees annually on designated
dates in January. Price: $10 per tree via check payable to Westford
Fire Fighters Association. Place check in a clear plastic bag and
attach to tree; have trees curbside by 7am on date of pick-up. Call
WFFA at (978) 392-0028 to place your information on the pick-up
Westford Metals takes Christmas tree lights (green or
white wire mini lights). Their address is 69 Broadway Street,
Westford; 978-392-3251; M-F: 7am- 3pm.
Westwood, MA - Christmas Trees Collection: Xmas trees
will be picked up the week of Jan 4th 2016, by the Department of
Public Works. Please put your tree out by 7am on your regularly
scheduled trash pickup day. All trees must be free of plastic bags,
stands, ornaments, and other materials to be acceptable for
Worchester, MA -
For Worcester Residents Only, Weather Permitting; Tuesday,
December 27, 2016 - Sunday, January 8, 2017; 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM,
Monday through Friday; 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday
(Only Millbury St. Site is Open Sundays). Worcester residents
may dispose of their Christmas tree at a drop-off site listed
below. Christmas trees will not be collected at the curb. No
yard waste will be accepted at the sites, only live Christmas
trees. Drop-Off Sites:
Formerly Ballard Street, next to the VFW Post.
In the parking lot across from Foley Stadium.
Near the East Mountain Street intersection.