Where and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Montana 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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Montana: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays
Annual Christmas Tree Recycling, from
December 26 through late January, Christmas trees can be dropped off
at several advertised sites throughout the Billings area for
Golden Recycling, 1100 Sixth Ave. N.;
2100 S. Shiloh Road;
Hanser's Automotive, 430 S. Billings Blvd.;
Laurel Furniture Outlet, 220 W. Main St.
The chipped trees
are used for mulch and bedding material at ZooMontana, Area parks,
Bike paths and Conservation centers.
As a courtesy service, the City of
Bozeman Forestry Division sets up several drop-off sites for
residents to recycle their Christmas trees after the holidays. Our
crew transports a chipper to each site to process the trees into
compostable material which will be used at a later date for organic
cover at the Logan Landfill. Only compostable material can be used,
so trees must be free of any decorations, hardware, lights, etc. It
is best to leave the trees in whole pieces as it is easier for
personnel to handle. Wreaths and garlands are not accepted because
they are held together with wire or twine and can damage equipment.
Please remember that this is a courtesy service and we ask that it
not be used as a way to dispose of brush, yard waste, or household
The following sites have been reserved for Christmas
Tree Recycling and will be open through Friday, February 13, 2015:
- BMX Park (on Tamarack)
- Christie Field (on Mason Street)
Softball Complex (lower parking lot on Haggerty Lane)
Park (north side of Oak across from Yellowstone
NOTE: The trees
at the BMX Park will be reserved for the Walleye Unlimited group for
fish habitat at Canyon Ferry Resevoir.
Please call us at 582-3204
if you have any questions or concerns.
Great Falls, MT
Recycle your live Christmas
trees at the following locations from: December 26, through January
1. Vacant lot adjacent from Eddies Supper Club - 3725 2nd
2. Meadowlark Park - Fox Farm and Park Garden Road
Snyder Drug parking lot - 2500 6th Ave. N.
4. Twilite Center
parking lot - 201 Smelter Avenue N.E.
5. Malmstrom AFB - 600
block of Aspen Street. (Base residents only)
decorations, tree stands etc., (no flocked trees).
"live Christmas trees only" in the container.
Fill out the form
from the top of the canister and put it in the canister slot so your
name can be added to the seedling list. Limit of (1) seedling per
residence. Please do not abuse this program or it may have to be
discontinued. The trees are used to improve fish habitat or
composted. This project is not for commercial tree disposal. The
seedling pick up location and dates will be announced in April
closer to Arbor Day. "Trees for a Greener Montana" is sponsored by:
The City of Great Falls and Montana Waste Systems, Inc. If you have
any questions, please call Public Works at 771-1401 or Montana Waste
Systems at 761-2545.
The City Of Kalispell will pick
up Christmas Trees beginning around January 2. Place the trees at
the street in the boulevard area. The city will either chip or
dispose of the trees for a two week period.
Recycle Your Christmas Tree
Through January 12th, the Urban Forestry Division is inviting
citizens to drop off their cut Christmas trees to be recycled into
productive mulch. To recycle your tree, drop it off at one of these
sites through January 12, 2015:
EKO Compost (1125 Clark Fork
Fort Missoula South Avenue parking lot
Please remove all decorations from the tree and do
not dump yard waste or garbage.
The Christmas Evergreen program
recycled over 15,000 trees last year, saving valuable landfill
space. If you'd like to support Christmas Evergreen and help plant
more trees throughout Missoula, please consider a contribution to
the urban forestry program. To donate, phone 406-721-PARK, stop by
Currents Aquatics Center in McCormick Park, or mail donations to:
Urban Forestry Division
100 Hickory St.
For more information, email Urban Forester Chris Boza at