Where and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Michigan 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!
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Michigan: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays
Ann Arbor, Michigan
- The City of Ann Arbor provides residents with four free drop off
locations for undecorated Christmas trees Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016,
through Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. All tree stands, nails, ornaments,
tinsel and plastic bags must be removed from the trees and discarded
before leaving at these sites. Once again the parking lot adjacent
to the Drop-Off Station at 2950 E. Ellsworth near Platt Road will be
available for 24/7 Christmas tree drop off. Three park locations are
also available to provide more local tree recycling options for city
residents. The collected trees will be chipped on a regular basis at
the park sites. The park locations include:
West Park parking
lot off Chapin near West Huron, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Gallup boat launch
parking lot, use entrance on the so utheast side of Geddes Road,
east of Huron Parkway, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Olson Park parking lot,
1515 Dhu Varren Road, near Pontiac Trail, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Jan. 31, 2017, Christmas trees must be cut, bundled and saved until
the city's compost collection service resumes in April or be
delivered for a fee to the Drop-Off Station, 2950 E. Ellsworth
during normal operating hours, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Tuesday and
Thursday, and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday.
All tree stands, nails,
ornaments, tinsel and plastic bags must be removed from the trees
and discarded. The collected evergreens are chipped into mulch or
composted. Any metal, glass or plastic ornaments left on the tree
can ruin the processing equipment, harm the operators, and spoil the
landscaping mulch. Since wreaths and evergreen roping are
generally made with wire or plastic backing, these items should be
placed inside trash carts.
On February 1st all drop-off
locations will be closed and Christmas trees must be cut, bundled
and saved until the city's compost collection service resumes in
April or be delivered to the Drop-Off Station, 2950 E. Ellsworth
during normal operating hours, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday and
Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Ann Arbor residents may
deliver their trees at no charge; others without a proof of
residency will be assessed a small fee.
Bay City, MI
- Each year, the City of Bay City
Sanitation Department provides curbside collection for Christmas
trees. Collection starts after the Christmas holiday.
Artificial Christmas trees can NOT be recycled.
- Remove all
ornaments, tinsel, lights, tree stands and other non-organic
- Do not place tree inside any type of
- Wreaths on wires are not acceptable.
Delta Township, MI
- Delta Township residents may
dispose of their natural Christmas trees December 26 through January
31 at the Parks and Recreation Maintenance Building, which is
located on Administration Drive. Please remove any Christmas lights,
wires, string, and ornaments from the tree. If transporting the tree
in a bag, please remove the tree from the bag before dropping it
off. The tree will be chipped and used for various landscape
projects around the township.
East Lansing, MI
- The city collects live-cut Christmas
trees each winter. The trees are chipped and used as mulch in East
Lansing parks. All bags, holiday decorations and tree stands should
be removed; trees taller than 6 feet should be cut in half. There
are two options for recycling live-cut Christmas trees:
Curbside collection of trees will take place on Monday, December 28,
2015 and Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. Advance phone request and stickers
are not required.
2) A number of drop-off locations are available
through Jan. 8, 2016.
Patriarche Park- parking lot on Alton Road
Emerson Park - Arbor Drive entrance
Fine Park - parking lot on
Valley Court Park - South of the Community
White Memorial Park - parking lot at Pebblebrook Lane.
Grand Rapids, MI
- To dispose of your Christmas tree,
attach a purple Bulk Yard Waste Tag and place the Christmas tree at
the curb on your regular refuse collection day.
- Christmas Tree Disposal
For Non-Refuse & Recycling Customers:
City of Holland residents currently NOT receiving curbside service
may drop off their Christmas trees for disposal at: Bouws Pool
Parking Lot off 16th Street from December 26, to January 23. Please
use the designated area for tree drop off. (No plastic bags, wires,
stands or decorations please).
Trash Information - For Refuse & Recycling Customers: Holiday
boxes, papers and excess trash will be accepted at no extra charge
from December 26, 2014 through January 9, 2015. (Packing peanuts,
Styrofoam and Christmas wrapping paper are NOT recyclable and must
be placed in the trash.)
Disposal - For Refuse & Recycling Customers: Place your
Christmas tree (cut to 6 feet or less) at the curbside on the same
day as your waste service from December 26, 2014 to January 10, 2015
and the City will dispose of it. (Please remove stands, wires, bags
- Christmas trees will be picked up
from the curbside for two weeks, beginning the week of Dec. 26th and
continuing through the week of January 2nd, on your normal city
collection day. Trees will be recycled into mulch, so please make
sure trees are free from plastic,ornaments and other materials. If
taller than 6 ft, please cut in half. December 26, 2016 - January 6,
2017; 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Lansing, MI 48933. 517-483-4400. Trees should be placed curbside on the same day that
blue trash bags, blue trash carts and green recycling carts are
collected. They should be free of plastic bags, metal, and
ornaments. TREES 6-FEET IN LENGTH OR LONGER MUST BE CUT IN HALF. To
assist in the collection process in the event of snow, residents are
encouraged to place holiday trees on top of snow banks, and to
remove as much snow as possible from the trees so City drivers can
see them. For more information, contact Capital Area Recycling &
Trash at 517/483-4400 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Monroe County, MI
- Each Christmas holiday season,
several local municipalities, working in cooperation with the Monroe
County Solid Waste Coordinator's Office and the Monroe County Road
Commission provide a Christmas Tree Recycling Program for County
residents at the following locations:
Bedford Township, Carr
Park, 9240 Lewis Ave.,Temperance 734-847-6791.
Hall, 8000 Swan View Drive, Newport 734-586-2187.
Hall, 3016 Lewis Avenue, Ida 734-269-3045.
Township Hall, 4925 West Dunbar Road, Monroe 734-241-5501.
of Petersburg/Summerfield Township, 87 Railroad Street, Petersburg
(behind the DPW Yard) 734-279-1210.
These sites are open from
December 26th through January 17th. All tinsel and decorations must
be removed from tree prior to chipping. Please call the numbers
listed above, or Jason at (734) 240-7924, for times or additional
- Oakland County Parks Christmas Tree Recycling:
Oakland County Parks and Recreation offers free Christmas Tree
Recycling at 11 park locations (see below) from
December 26, 2012 -
Jan. 13, 2013 for Free Self-Serve Christmas Tree Recycling, seven
days, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Please remove all decorations, metal, plastic
and string. Addison Oaks near Oxford; Catalpa Oaks in Southfield;
Glen Oaks in Farmington Hills; Groveland Oaks near Holly;
Independence Oaks near Clarkston; Lyon Oaks in Lyon Township; Orion
Oaks in Orion Township; Red Oaks in Madison Heights; Springfield
Oaks in Davisburg; Waterford Oaks in Waterford; and White Lake Oaks
in White Lake Township. Free
Self-Serve Christmas Tree Recycling, January seven days, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at
Independence Oaks (Pine Grove parking lot) and Orion Oaks (Clarkston
Rd. parking lot) only.
The parks system processes trees to make
compost and wood chips, which will be available to the public, free of charge. For more information, contact 248-858-0906.
Below are the locations:
Leonard, MI - Addison Oaks County Park
Christmas Tree Recycling, 1480 West Romeo Road, Leonard, Michigan
Southfield, MI - Catalpa Oaks County Park
Christmas Tree Recycling
27725 Greenfield Road, Southfield,
Farmington Hills, MI - Glen Oaks Golf Course
Christmas Tree Recycling, 30500 13 Mile Road, Farmington Hills,
Holly, MI - Groveland Oaks County Park
Christmas Tree Recycling, 14555 Dixie Highway, Holly, Michigan.
Clarkston, MI - Independence Oaks County
Park Christmas Tree Recycling, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston,
Michigan. Extended Christmas tree recycling days go until January
Wixom, MI - Lyon Oaks County Park
Christmas Tree Recycling, 52221 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, Michigan.
Lake Orion / Orion Township, MI - Orion
Oaks County Park Christmas Tree Recycling, 2301 W. Clarkston Road,
Lake Orion, Michigan. Extended Christmas tree recycling days go
until January 27th.
Madison Heights, MI - Red Oaks Golf Course
Christmas Tree Recycling, 29600 John R, Madison Heights, Michigan.
Davisburg, MI - Springfield Oaks County Park
Christmas Tree Recycling, 12451 Andersonville Road, Davisburg,
Waterford, MI - Waterford Oaks County Park
Christmas Tree Recycling, 2800 Watkins Lake Rd., Waterford, Michigan
White Lake, MI - White Lake Oaks Golf Course
Christmas Tree Recycling, 991 N Williams Lake Road, White Lake,
- Christmas Tree Recycling From December
26 through January 31, you can bring your Christmas tree to the
Holland Township Quincy Street Park, located at 14025 Quincy Street,
to be recycled. Trees can be brought to the park from dawn to dusk.
Follow the signs to the drop-off area. PLEASE LIMIT THIS TO
CHRISTMAS TREES ONLY. Trees will go through a chipper. All lights
and hardware must be removed.
Rochester Hills, MI
- Curbside Recycling - Under
contract with the City of Rochester Hills, Republic Services will
collect discarded Christmas trees devoid of any ropes, lights,
metal, plastic or other hangers during Christmas week and the
following three weeks ending on January 15th. Trees measuring
greater than six feet tall must be cut in half prior to placement at
curbside. Republic Services will deliver the trees they collect to a
compost site rather than a landfill or disposal facility. To have
your tree picked up by Republic Services you must: Call for a pickup
just like the bulk pickup. Call at least 24 hours prior to your
regularly scheduled pickup date.
Residents may dispose of natural
Christmas trees by dropping them off at the Clinton River Watershed
Council located at 1115 West Avon Road (south side of Avon, just
west of Livernois Road) on the following dates and times only:
Saturday, December 31, 2016 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday, January 1,
2017 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm
Saturday, January 7, 2017 10:00 am -
Sunday, January 8, 2017 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm
Saturday, January 14, 2017 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday, January 15,
2017 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm
Christmas trees will be
accepted subject to ALL of the following conditions. No exceptions
to these conditions will be made.
Residents of Rochester Hills
may drop off trees during the announced days and hours only.
Trees shall be dropped off at the designated area only. Any other
disposal, at or near the designated site, will constitute improper
disposal and violators will be subject to ticketing.
Christmas trees will be accepted. No mass or commercial disposal is
permitted. No disposal of any other materials, natural or
artificial, is permitted.
All non-woody material, e.g., lights
and wires, ornaments, rope, garland, stands and braces, bagging,
etc., must be removed before drop off.
Volunteers will inspect
trees for compliance with this order before accepting them for
disposal. Trees or other matter that do not meet the restrictions
will not be accepted.
For more information, contact Forestry
Operations Manager Gerald Lee at 248.656.4673
Royal Oak, MI
- Christmas Trees will be collected
curbside for recycling on your regular trash day by a private
chipping contractor. Please place tree at the curb by 7 am without
decorations, lights, stands, and plastic bags or the tree will be
left until corrected.