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 not specifically mentioned below, contact your trash collection agency and inquire!
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Christmas Tree Pickup January (typically 4th to 14th)
The City of Providence is also reminding residents of the proper way to dispose of their Christmas trees after the holiday season. The City will begin free curbside pickup of Christmas trees beginning early January. The trees will be collected by Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation and turned into compost, a natural fertilizer that enriches soil and helps produce healthy plants and trees. Residents are urged to take the following steps to ensure that their tree will be picked up:
Place trees at the curb on regular trash collection days
All ornaments, tinsel, lights and tree stands must be removed from trees
Do not place trees in any type of bag
For more information, contact the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services at 401-421-2489.
Other cities and towns:
If you have a question about your community's recycling, trash, or leaf and yard waste collections, or if you need to obtain recycling bins, please contact the Department of Public Works in your city or town. They can answer questions specific to your town's program, such as your town's Christmas tree recycling dates, local e-Waste recycling availability, or special recycling events.
|Burrillville||568-4440 Ext. 12|
|Cranston||780-3175||Collected separately on your regular trash day for the first two weeks in January. Trees must be free of decoration including tinsel, garland, tree stand or other non-recyclable ornamentation. Please, no plastic tree bags.|
|Cumberland||728-2400 Ext. 155|
|Narragansett||782-0635||Residents of South Kingstown and Narragansett may dispose of their Christmas Trees at no charge at the Rose Hill Regional Transfer Station from the end of December through the last week in January. Please remove all ornaments and tinsel prior to disposal.|
|Newport||845-5613||Christmas trees are collected during one week in the month of January on your schedule collection day. Trees will be picked up during the mid January pickup along with yard waste. Please plan accordingly with your tree, as there will not be another yard waste collection until the week of March 16, 2015.|
|North Kingstown||268-1500 Ext. 601||Residents of South Kingstown and Narragansett may dispose of their Christmas Trees at no charge at the Rose Hill Regional Transfer Station from the end of December through the last week in January. Please remove all ornaments and tinsel prior to disposal.|
|North Providence||232-0900 Ext. 233||Discarded trees can be left at curbside and will be collected during normal weekly trash removal, no plastic tree bags please.|
|North Smithfield||767-2200 Ext. 345|
|Pawtucket||728-0500 Ext. 213|
|Smithfield||233-1034||Christmas tree pickups are generally scheduled during the second week of January (dates announced annually) on your regular trash pickup day. Please remove all ornaments, decorations, tinsel and stands.|
|South Kingstown||789-9331 Ext. 2259|
|Warwick||738-2000 Ext. 6513|
|West Warwick||822-9225||Christmas Tree Collection: Christmas trees will be collected on your regular collection day on a SEPARATE collection. They must be placed curbside no later than 7 am. Please remove all artificial decorations such as tinsel, garland, plastic ornaments, lights, and bulbs. Please do not put trees in plastic bags, and please no artificial trees.|