How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas TreesWhere and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Montana in after Christmas in 2018 and January 2019

How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees

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 chimney fire.

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 Grinding Christmas trees into mulchnot specifically mentioned below, contact your trash collection agency and inquire!

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Montana: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays

  • Billings, MT
    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 recycling.
    Golden Recycling, 1100 Sixth Ave. N.;
    ZooMontana, 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.
  • Bozeman, Montana
    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 garbage.
    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)
    - Regional 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 6,:
    1. Vacant lot adjacent from Eddies Supper Club - 3725 2nd Ave. N.
    2. Meadowlark Park - Fox Farm and Park Garden Road
    3. 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)
    Remove all decorations, tree stands etc., (no flocked trees).
    Deposit your "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.
  • Kalispell, Montana
    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.
  • Missoula, MT
    Missoula Parks and Recreation's 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 16, 2018:
    McCormick Park, 600 Cregg Ln.
    Playfair Park, 3001 Bancroft.
    Please remove tree stands and decorations from the tree and do not dump yard waste or garbage. If you’d like to support Christmas Ever-Green and help plant more trees throughout Missoula, please consider making a donation to Trees For Missoula. Donate online at the Friends of Missoula Parks website (, phone 721-PARK, stop by Currents Aquatics Center in McCormick Park, or mail donations to the Urban Forestry Division, 100 Hickory St., Missoula, 59801. To learn more about how you can support Missoula's urban forest, please visit For more information, call 721-PARK.
    (UPDATED: January 02, 2018)