Where and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in New Jersey 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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New Jersey: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays
Finding current information in NJ is tough, many of the cities,
towns and disposal companies have not updated their websites in
years. Below is the most recent I can find, but be sure call
or see their website.
Atlantic County - ACUA will collect (real) Christmas
trees with regular yard waste collections in the following
Buena Vista Township,
Egg Harbor City,
live in a town that is not listed, please contact your town's
For a complete list of collection dates and public works contacts,
click here. Trees
can also be brought to the ACUA for disposal.
Click here to view disposal rates and hours of operation.
Before recycling trees, follow these guidelines: Trees should be
free of lights and decorations, including tinsel; Trees do
not have to be bagged; Flocked trees are acceptable for
collection and composting.
Burlington County - Each town handles tree, brush
and yard waste differently, so residents should contact their
municipality to see if they offer curbside collection of
Christmas trees for recycling. The county will also offer free
disposal to residents who bring the trees to the Resource
Recovery Complex in Florence and Mansfield as a separate load -
that is, not mixed with trash. No artificial or flocked trees
can be accepted. All plastic bags, ropes, decorations, garland,
tinsel, ornaments, lights, stands, wires and nails should be
Grove, NJ - Christmas Tree Recycling: After Christmas
the Parks Department picks up the discarded Christmas trees
throughout the Township. The Christmas tree pickup starts
immediately after January 1 and continues for approximately four
weeks. The trees should be placed at the curb before 8:00 a.m. on
your recycling day for pickup. Trees in plastic bags will not be
- Elizabeth, NJ - Front Street Transfer Station.
625 South Front Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202. Phone: (908) 629-9270. Open: Saturday 7am to 5pm. Location Notes: Essex County residents need to call the ECUA at 973-857-2350 extension 134 to open an account. Hours for Essex County residents are Saturday 7am to 1pm. Fees apply, so please call for the fee schedule. This site accepts leaves, grass, trees, hedges, shrubs, and stumps.
Lawn, NJ - Christmas trees are collected with yard
waste, ornaments must removed, including tinsel.
Remember to tie
Gloucester County - It varies by each township and city, so
unfortunately, you need to contact your locality (below)
Municipality / Township Contact Person
& Phone Email or Web-site
Clayton Carol Carr /
Deptford Twp. Patrick Rebecca / 856-227-4719
Greenwich Twp. Joseph Schweigart / 856-423-0654
Elk Township Steve Alexander / 856-881-6525, ext.21
Franklinville Bill Nese / 856-694-3155
Glassboro Russell Clark
Greenwiich Twp. Robert Schoch /
Harrison Township M. Micklasavage /
Logan Township Dave McCormick /
Mantua Twp. Glenn Demers /
Monroe Township Recycling Office
National Park James Walker /
Newfield Everett Marshall /
Paulsboro Charles Tinder /
Pitman Tom Brown / 856-589-1040
Harrison Twp. Jon Sukerforth / 856-769-0363
Office / 856-467-0202
Washington Twp. Nick Pileggi /
Wenonah Ken Trovarelli /
West Deptford Twp. Troy
DePrince / 856-845-4004,ext.141
Westville Donna Domico /
Woodbury Thomas F. dukelow /
Woodbury Heights David Baresich /
Woolwich Township Mark Fruits / 856-467-2666
Many municipalities in the county also offer tree-disposal service.
This link takes you to the current list of cities and towns in
Hunterdon County that have a tree recycling location. There
is also a Deer Path program which is open to county residents only, and identification will be required. Up to three trees per family will be accepted. No commercial drop-offs will be permitted, and no landscape debris or wreaths will be accepted. The trees will be chipped during the month, and woodchip mulch will be available for home use on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 782-1158 for information.
City - Christmas trees must be free of ornaments
and/or lights and placed curbside and picked up every Thursday
in January. DO NOT WRAP OR BAG. . WREATHS AND/OR ARTIFICIAL TREES WILL NOT BE COLLECTED WITH
CHRISTMAS TREES. PLEASE PLACE THESE ITEMS CURBSIDE WITH YOUR
REGULAR GARBAGE.. For additional information please call
201-432-4645 EXT. 2620.
- Lebanon Township
-Township residents can drop off trees behind the Municipal
Building; call for this year's date. After January 6, residents should use the Hunterdon county program.
- Livingston, NJ - The Township of Livingston's
Christmas Tree Collection and Recycling program will officially
begin on the first working weekday after New Years Day and end on
January 31. Christmas trees will be collected Monday through Friday,
from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents can simply leave their undecorated
live-cut trees at the curb, as they would for recycling. The DPW
will chip the trees into mulch, which is made available to residents
for pickup at no cost.
Mendham, NJ - DPW will pick up Christmas trees on
Monday a week after New Year's Day (in 2017 that's January 9th).
There will be no additional pick up dates!
- Milford - Curbside pickup will be during the
last week of January.
Montclair, NJ - The Township of Montclair Parks and Shade Tree Division at the Department of Community Services will be collecting Christmas trees only from curbside in January. There will be no drop off sites in the parks.
placed at the curb will be picked
up on a weekly basis during the entire month of January. All trees
are chipped and recycled as compost, so the stand, the plastic bag
cover, and all lights and tinsel must be removed. . To eliminate double handling, standard packer trucks will be used for the collection, and the trees will be composted for mulch. Residents are reminded to remove all decorations such as lights, balls, and tinsel, as well as the tree stand. In the event of a significant snowfall, trees will be collected upon completion of municipal snow removal efforts. For further information, please call the Dept. of Community Services at (973) 783-5600.
Wreaths will be collected separately with refuse.
Morris County - Christmas Trees (Recycling) The
trees should be dropped off at the wood chip area on the
immediate left side as you enter the facility (adjacent to the
road salt storage shed) All lights, ornaments, decorations, etc.
must be removed from the trees before drop off.
Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
The trees will be shredded and wood chips are available for free
at the same location as long the supply lasts. Residents have to
load the wood chips on their trucks/vans. No pick up or delivery
of trees or wood chips.
The disposal area is open seven days
a week. NO ARTIFICIAL TREES ARE ACCEPTED.
Morris Plains, NJ - CHRISTMAS TREE PICK-UP - - JANUARY
2nd, 9th and 16th, 2017
No brush will be picked up. No plastic
bags, nails, wire or ornaments are to be left on trees.
for your cooperation - Department of Public Works - 973-538-4494.
New Milford, NJ - Curbside collection of Christmas
trees will during be the 2nd week of the month of January. Please
remove the following items from your Christmas trees before setting
out for collection: plastic bags, strings of lights, ornaments,
tinsel, tree stands and nails.
Newark - Christmas tree collection starts
Monday, mid January and continues for 2 weeks. The Division of Recycling is
requesting that all residents make an appointment for tree
pick-up, by calling (973) 733-6685, Monday through Friday, 8:30
a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Division of Recycling will
collect trees on the days and zones that trash is normally
picked up, as follows:
From residents whose trash is
collected on Mondays and Thursdays (Zone A)
whose trash is collected on Tuesdays and Fridays (Zone B)
Residents should place their trees at their curbside by 6 p.m.,
the day before their scheduled pick-up. In addition, residents
can dispose of their Christmas Trees by taking them to the
Division of Recycling's Depot at 62 Frelinghuysen Avenue in the
South Ward, Mondays through Fridays, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
Ocean City - Christmas Trees should be decoration
and bag free and can be placed out for pick up with your regular
trash & recycling collection through the end of January. Or
Recycle your Christmas trees into
mulch, compost your wood
chips at the Ocean County Northern and Southern Recycling
Centers during regular business hours. Also check with your
local public works. Residents can also drop off trees at various
locations of Ocean
County parks from December 26th through January 31. Call or
visit their website for locations.
Ocean County, New Jersey
Christmas trees are
accepted during the holiday season at both the Northern and Southern
Recycling Centers. The Centers are open to accept these materials
Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Only residents'
material is accepted on Saturdays, no landscapers or municipalities.
Raritan, NJ - Christmas Trees to Residents Only! REMOVE
ALL TINSEL & DECORATIONS FROM TREES FOR RECYCLING. If the tree meets
requirements listed above, it will be accepted without the use of
your Non-Recycling permit cost.
204 Pennsylvania Ave.,
Flemington, NJ 08822. PHONE: 908-782-1695. Open: Monday, Wednesday,
Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to
12:00 p.m. (NO STICKERS/PERMITS ISSUED). NO DROP OFFS OR
STICKERS/PERMITS ON TUESDAY OR THURSDAY. CLOSED all Tuesdays,
Thursdays, Sundays, Snow Days, & Holidays.
Somerset County -
Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
The Somerset County Park Commission will be accepting natural
Christmas trees for recycling from Wednesday, December 26, 2012
through Thursday, January 31, 2013. Somerset County residents
may bring their tree to Colonial Park, Parking Lot F, 156
Mettlers Road in Somerset, Franklin Township or to North Branch
Park, 355 Milltown Road in Bridgewater at the northern end of
the parking lot near the lighted ball field. Both facilities
will accept trees from 8 am to 4 pm, seven days a week. Each
family is limited to only one tree that must be free of all
ornaments, wires, netting, and tinsel. Only natural trees will
be accepted. Wreaths and garland will not be accepted as these
items cannot be recycled. Deliveries from groups or dealers will
be rejected. Following these guidelines is necessary to maintain
a manageable recycling program. Trees will be chipped into wood
chip mulch which will be used throughout the park system to
mulch plantings. Some chips/mulch will be made available to the
public at each of the drop-off sites at no cost. For
information, call the Somerset County Park Commission
Horticulture Department at 732 873-2459, ext. 21.
South Brunswick, NJ -
Christmas Trees: Unadorned Christmas Trees (no bags please) are
picked up for recycling from the curb starting January 2 through
the second full week of January each year. After that, the
garbage contractor will collect the trees on garbage day.
South Orange, NJ - Christmas Tree Collection - The
Department of Public Works will be collecting Christmas Trees
beginning midweek of January 1st, 2017. Please be advised of the
following guidelines regarding the curbside collection: 1. Do NOT
wrap Christmas Trees in plastic for collection. 2. Do NOT leave
ornaments, garland, or lights on the tree. 3. Wreaths will NOT be
picked up as part of this collection. Residents should adhere to
these guidelines as to not have the pickup rejected.
Toms River, NJ - Christmas Tree Drop-Off - January -
Option 1 - The Parks and Recreation Department conducts a Christmas
tree recycling program each January. Residents should recycle
Christmas trees by taking them to any one of the following locations
through January. The trees will be made into wood chips rather than
being added to the landfill thus saving landfill tipping fees.
Skyview Park (Vaughn Avenue)
Riverwood Park (Riverwood Avenue)
Silverton Park (Maine Street)
Bayside Park (Bay Blvd., Ortley)
Bey Lea Park (Tennis Court and Parking Lot)
Chadwick Beach Park
Money Island Park (Longfellow Avenue)
Winding River Park - South (Off Rt. 37 West)
Toms River Township
Recycling Center (Church Road)
Option 2 - The Public Works
Department will collect Christmas trees after the Parks & Recreation
recycling program is completed. From January 15 through January 31,
Public Works will collect Christmas trees. Place the trees at the
curb for collection. After January 31, all trees must be dropped off
at our Recycling Convenience Center on Church Road. Remember: You
may pickup free mulch and woodchips at the Recycling Convenience
- The Warren County Pollution Control Financing Authority will
recycle your used Christmas tree free of charge. Bring your
trees to the Convenience Center located at the Warren County
District Landfill located at 500 Mt. Pisgah Avenue, Oxford, NJ
from January 2nd through February 28th, Monday through Friday,
7 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday, 7 am to 11 am. Check with
your municipality to see if trees are picked up and if there is
any charge. All stands, lights, decorations, and tinsel must be
removed because real Christmas trees go through wood chipping
machines and anything else on the tree can jam the machine.
Artificial Christmas trees can not be recycled. They must go out
with the garbage. Wreaths, whether they are real or artificial,
must go out in the garbage. Since wreaths are held together with
wire and plastic, they can not go through a wood-chipping
machine like a real Christmas tree. For further information,
call (908) 453-2174.
Woolwich Township - Trees Will be collected on the
second Monday in January. (trees with tree stands , lights or
ornaments remaining will not be collected)