Where and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in New York in January 2018
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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New York: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays
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- Set by the curb as yard waste.
Remove decorations, tinsel, lights, etc. Do Not place inside of
Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
- CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING
In addition to electronics
recycling, the City of Buffalo will also be accepting Christmas
trees for recycling at the January 17th event. City residents
can bring their natural Christmas tree to 1120 Seneca Street
where it will be chipped on site. Residents can take chips with
them for re-use as mulch. Trees should be free of ornaments and
tinsel. The City will also have curbside collection of naturally
grown Christmas trees. The collection is scheduled to last from
January 5 to January 9 on residents scheduled garbage day. This
will be conducted by the City of Buffalo's Department of Public
Works, Parks & Streets as a way to help the environment and
reduce costs associated with taking the trees to landfills. To
participate in this collection, city residents are asked to
place trees out on their curb before a scheduled garbage pickup
and to not place them in garbage bags. Although they are
scheduled on the same days, trees will be picked up separately
from garbage, so city residents should not be concerned if they
are left behind after garbage removal.In addition to the
one-week tree pick-up, the City is also offering drop-off
opportunities at three locations in the city. These locations
are as follows:
Cazenovia Park, Golf course parking lot, South of Seneca Street, at the foot of Wildwood
Park, Parking lot, North off of Hertel, at the foot of Beard
1120 Seneca Street, Rear parking lot, Between Babcock and Smith
*Signage will be posted at all locations
These drop-off sites
will be open from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Saturday, beginning December 27th and ending January 17th. For more information
about the program, please contact 311.
artificial trees will be treated as garbage and not yard waste.
Other Buffalo Area Towns:
Amherst collects discarded trees from curbside during the first
2 weeks of January
Cheektowaga: collects discarded trees from
curbside during the first 2 weeks of January
Niagara Falls: Trees will be picked up with regular garbage
throughout the month of January.
North Tonawanda: collects discarded trees from curbside during
the first 2 weeks of January with regular trash disposal.
Town of Tonawanda: tree pickup on regular garbage pickup days.
Trees are destined for recycling.
West Seneca: collects
discarded trees from curbside during the first 2 weeks of
Lancaster: collects discarded trees from curbside
during the first 2 weeks of January
- The Yonkers Organic Yard accepts
leaves, branches and Christmas trees stripped of decorations and
lights. The yard will not accept grass clippings, tree stumps or
items placed in plastic bags.
- Christmas Trees can be collected
at the curb, separate from garbage, as brush on Sunday nights
preceding leaf weeks (do not bag). There is a special week for
Christmas trees to allow them to be recycled (they say to
). If over 6 feet must be cut in half or
brought to the Town landfill. Make sure to remove any stands, lights, ornaments, bags etc. Artificial trees are NOT accepted.
- Christmas trees will be accepted
for recycling in January during regular recycling center hours, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm on Saturdays. The recycling center is located
behind the Town House, 11 Main Street, South Salem. The trees
will be chipped by the Highway Department to be recycled as
New Castle and Chappaqua, NY
- You can take your
Christmas tree (which they, in imbicillic political correctness
call a "holiday tree") to the recycling center. Remove all
lights and decorations first. The Recycling Center is located
210 Hunts Lane, Chappaqua, NY 10514.
Recycling Center Office
Hours: Wed.- Sat. 7am to 11:15am & 12:00 noon to 2:30pm. To report
problems or ask questions email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Residential customers who wish to recycle their natural holiday trees may bring
them to one of several holiday tree drop off locations around the city. The
trees are chipped and the resulting mulch is returned to the public at no charge
through the Materials
Give Back Program
located on Ferrano Street near Colfax Street.Drop-off LocationsBeginning after Christmas and through the end of January, residents may drop
their holiday tree for recycling at the following locations:
Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
- Christmas Trees are collected as organic yard
waste. Trees must be free of ornamentation and not placed in plastic
bags. Trees must be put curbside on organic yard waste days.
- Salina, NY
. (Liverpool, NY) Christmas Trees will be
picked up between the dates of January 2nd and January 31st on your
regularly scheduled trash pick-up day. Trees left out after this
period will be picked up after March 15th when yard waste pick-up
- Trees will be picked up at
curbside. They can also can be dropped off at the mulch pile on
Midler Avenue, across from the entrance to Lowe's. Also
see these drop off
. You can also bring your Christmas trees (and
leaves and brush) to either the Amboy or Jamesville Compost Site
between Jan. 3-6 and Jan. 9-13, 2017 (Monday through Friday, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm). There is no charge to drop off items at
either site. In the spring, the trees are ground into mulch that
in turn can be used in gardens and landscaping.
Compost Site, 4370 Route 91, Jamesville, NY 13078. Phone:
315-453-2866. Email: email@example.com
AMBOY, 6296 Airport Road Camillus, NY
13209. Phone: 315-453-2866. Email:
- Christmas trees should be
placed at curbside on regular refuse collection day. As part of
the City's Recycling program, this division collects newspapers
and commingle recyclables at curbside on Alternate Wednesday's.
Click here for locations, u
information and more details. For more information, call
- Christmas trees are recycled
into mulch or compost. Be sure to remove all decorations, plastic bags and tinsel before disposal. FREE Drop-off Locations
for RESIDENTS ONLY.
NYSDEC Sub-office, Kirkwood, NY: Will
accept trees between 8am and 4pm at 1679 Route 11. The trees are
chipped and spread along hiking trails in the parks.
County Landfill, 286 Knapp Rd., Binghamton NY: Will accept trees
at the residential drop-off area located at the landfill from
December 27, 2016-January 31, 2017. Open Monday through Friday
7am-2:45pm and Saturday 7am-11:45am. The trees are chipped and
Grippen Park, Endicott, NY:Will accept trees from
December 26, 2016 to January 7, 2017. During daylight hours. The
trees are chipped.
Residents with municipal and private
curbside service should contact their garbage hauler for more
- Cayuga County - Residents can bring their Christmas trees to
the Natural Resource Center at 7413 County House Road in
Sennett. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through
Friday; and Monday through Jan. 13; and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Residents bringing in their Christmas tree for recycling will be
able to pick up on May 4 at the Natural Resource Center a free
Douglas fir transplant seedling for planting.
- Madison County - Trees and wreaths can be dropped off at the
county landfill on Buyea Road in Lincoln and transfer stations
in Cazenovia, Hamilton and Sullivan for free. Recycling
coordinator Sharon Driscoll said the trees will be processed
with brush and branches and turned into mulch, which residents
can pick up for free in the spring. Some towns and villages also
- Monroe County - residents can
once again recycle their Christmas trees, free of charge, at
several locations across Monroe County. Most drop-off
locations will accept trees throughout the end of January.
Please click on the link below for a list of tree drop-off
and pickup dates and locations in Monroe County's towns and
villages, the City of Rochester and participating
Click here for locations, updated information and more
- Onondaga County -
See this page for a town by town
breakdown in the Syracuse area.
- Oswego County - Residents can bring their Christmas trees to
the Bristol Hill Landfill in Volney, where the trees will be
composted. The landfill is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday
through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Some towns and
villages also handle trees.
- The following towns collect
trees from curbside. Decorations must be removed. Real
Christmas Trees ONLY, we do not pick up artificial trees. If
longer than 7 feet than the trees will need to be cut down.
Remove everything from your tree (especially tinsel), these
are going to a tree farm so they can not have anything on
Town of Ballston January 19th Wednesday, January 18, 2017 for All Town Residents
Town of Clifton Park January
9th - January 13th Sunday, January 08, 2017 for All Town
Town of Glenville January 16th - January 20th
Sunday, January 15, 2017 for County Waste Customers Only
Town of Halfmoon January 5th & January 6th Wednesday, January 04, 2017 for County Waste Customers Only
Schaghticoke January 16th Sunday, January 15, 2017 for All
Town of Wilton January 4th Tuesday, January 03, 2017 for County Waste Customers Only.
- Most villages provide tree
pick-up or drop-off for their residents. Call your village
for more information. If you live in a rural area, lay the
tree out where the branches can offer shelter for birds and
other wildlife. Waterman Conservation Education Center will
accept old Christmas trees at its 403 Hilton Road location
in Apalachin. Trees can be dropped off at the center's
parking lot. For more information, call 625-2221. HOWEVER
YOU RECYCLE YOUR TREE REMOVE ALL
- Christmas Tree and Wreath Recycling.
Some municipalities in Tompkins County provide convenient
options for recycling trees and wreaths into compost and
mulch. The Recycling and Solid Waste Center also accepts
these items free of charge as yard waste. Get all the details in this guide
. Please remove any
All other areas of New York