How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas TreesWhere and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Rhode Island in January 2018

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

  • In most towns and cities in Rhode Island, Christmas tree pickups are scheduled in January (the dates announced annually, usually right after New Year's day) on your regular trash pickup day. For your specific city or town, see the list below, and the contact phone numbers. Please remove all ornaments, decorations, tinsel and stands.
  • Providence:
    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.


    City/Town          Telephone

    Barrington 247-1907 Guideance
    Bristol 253-4100  
    Burrillville      568-4440 Ext. 12  
    Central Falls 727-7466  
    Charlestown 364-1230  
    Coventry 822-9110  
    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  
    East Greenwich 886-8618  
    East Providence 435-7710  
    Exeter 295-1983  
    Foster 392-9200  
    Glocester 568-5540  
    Hopkinton 377-7790  
    Jamestown 423-7220  
    Johnston 231-4135  
    Lincoln 333-8424  
    Little Compton 635-4400  
    Middletown 824-6136  
    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.
    New Shoreham 466-3203  
    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  
    Portsmouth 643-0359  
    Providence 467-7950 See above
    Richmond 539-8474  
    Scituate 647-3366  
    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  
    Tiverton 625-6760  
    Warren 245-0200  
    Warwick 738-2000 Ext. 6513  
    Westerly 348-2539  
    West Greenwich 397-6110  
    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.
    Woonsocket 767-8880