Where and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Minnesota 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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Minnesota: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays
Anoka County -
Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
The Bunker Hills Compost Site is open for two weekends after New
Year's Day to accept Christmas trees and boughs, as well as other
yard waste. Dates vary. A fee is charged. Trees must be free of
tinsel, garland, ornaments and stands. Hours of operation:
Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday from Noon - 4:30 p.m.
Most garbage haulers offer Christmas tree collection as part of
their service. Some municipalities collect and chip Christmas trees
for mulch. Contact your hauler or municipality to obtain specific
pickup information for your area.
County, MN - DO NOT throw your Real Christmas Tree in
the trash! Real Christmas Trees are biodegradable, which means they
can be easily reused or recycled for mulch and other purposes. Here
are some recycling options and tips on what to do with your tree
after the holidays. Every community is different, but in general,
you have these NO CHARGE options:
Take your Tree to a Drop-off
► Carver County Environmental Center
116 Peavey Circle,
Chaska, MN 55318
Visit the Environmental Center page for hours
► Cologne City Public Works
Louis Street W,
Cologne, MN 55322
(roll-off box south of the Cologne City Public
December 26, 2014 - January 10, 2015
Recycling Drop-Off Site
15300 County Road 30, Mayer, MN 55360
(east of the waste water treatment facility)
Visit the Rural
Recycling Drop-Off Site page for hours and location.
► NYA Yard
Waste Drop-Off Site
640 Tacoma Blvd, Norwood Young America, MN
► Watertown Yard Waste Drop-Off Site
700 Lewis Ave N,
Watertown, MN 55388
Ornaments, stands, lights,
artificial trees and wire wreaths are NOT ACCEPTED. Please remove
trees from plastic bags. Trees will be chipped and used for compost
Youth Group Curbside Collection
Residents in the
following communities can set their trees out for youth group
curbside collection. Collections typically occur on the 1st or 2nd
Saturday of January. See below for collection dates. Dates will also
be advertised in local newspapers as the holiday season approaches.
Please have your tree at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on the collection
DO NOT include ornaments, stands, lights, artificial trees
and wire wreaths. Please remove trees from plastic bags. Trees will
be chipped and used for compost or mulch. Wreaths will not be
accepted during the collections. Also, Private Hauler Curbside
Collection: Call your private hauler and ask if they collect real
Christmas trees for recycling and not trash.
Douglas and Pope County - Christmas/Holiday Tree
Recycling Drop Off. The trees will be reused at an Alexandria area
church and then recycled by being ground up for local park trails.
Click here for Drop Off Locations and Dates.
- Hennepin County -
Put in yard and tree waste; Live Christmas trees should be disposed
of as yard waste. Check with your hauler about curbside pickup or
take to the nearest location that accepts yard and tree waste. No wreaths or other decorations with metal will be
accepted. All tree stands, ornaments and plastic bags must be
removed from the trees. Flocked trees are acceptable.Loads
containing unacceptable material will be rejected. There are also
drop off sites. If you have any
questions please call Barry Melquist at 612-348-4491. Christmas
tree disposal for residents Many waste haulers will offer pick-up
service for Christmas trees during the first few weeks of January -
contact your waste hauler or city
recycling coordinator for more information. You can also take your tree to a
that is open year
round. Artificial Christmas trees in good shape may be sold, given away or
donated to Arc Value
Goodwill (accepted from October 1 - December 24). Artificial
Christmas trees may be put in the garbage.
Minneapolis, MN - After the holidays, there are several
ways to dispose of your lights & tree.
Dispose of Christmas
Tree: Place alongside garbage cart before 6:00 a.m. on your regular
garbage pickup day. If tree is 6 feet or taller, you must cut in
To recycle Lights see
Recycling Association of
Minnesota's Recycle Your HolidaysTM program. Hennepin County has
year round drop-off facilities in Brooklyn Park and Bloomington for
holiday lights Hennepin County A-Z Guide.
- St. Paul and
Ramsey County residents, you can take your tree to a Ramsey
County recycling center, where the tree will be turned into mulch
and compost to be used on gardens and yards throughout the year. The
facilities are open for drop-off on January 9th and 10th. For free
drop-off, proof of Ramsey County residency must be provided. (A
driver's license will do!)
Cloud, MN - The Public Works Department has designated
Monday, January 4 and Monday, January 11, 2016 for its annual
collection of Christmas trees.Residents who wish to use this option
are asked to do the following:
Attach a clear city yard waste bag
(green bag is also acceptable) to the tree and make it clearly
visible to collection crews. The bag can be tied to a branch or
around the lower trunk
Place the tree in the normal refuse
collection area by 6 am on pick up date
Remove all decorations
or other attachments. Trees containing metal or cement stands will
not be picked up
Wreaths are not acceptable for recycling because
they contain wire
Questions can be directed to the Public Works
Department at (320) 650-2900
Washington County, MN - residents can drop off
their trees for a small fee at a number of locations for a small
fee, ranging from $1 to $6. Open dates depend on the drop-off site,
so be sure to find one that suits you best. At Forest Lake Public
Works, for example drop-off is free and residents can recycle their
trees through January 29