How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas TreesWhere and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in South Dakota 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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South Dakota: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays

  • Madison, SD
    The yard waste site is located on 456th Ave just North of the Waste Water Treatment Plant and is open year round, 24 hours a day. You can dispose of sticks, branches, leaves, Christmas trees, and pumpkins.
  • Rapid City, SD
    Rapid City Christmas Tree Recycling Program
    The three locations are:
    - Entrance to the Rapid City Landfill 24/7 site: South Highway 79
    - West Boulevard North: Anamosa Street & Service Road West I-190
    - Fitzgerald Stadium parking lot: Sheridan Lake Road across from Sioux Park
    Please place trees in designated areas
    NO plastic bags, ornaments and lights
    Please remember to recycle the damaged Christmas light at any of the designated locations or simply place them in your blue bin.
    Residents may continue to bring Christmas trees, yard waste and branched to the Rapid City Landfill at no charge, Monday through Friday from 7 am to 4:45pm, Saturday 7 am to 2:45pm.
    If you have any questions, please contact the Rapid City Solid Waste Department Beth-Anne Ferley 605-355-3496
    And for Rapid City Christmas Light Recycling Program:
    During the week of Thanksgiving Christmas light recycling containers will be
    placed at various facilities throughout the city. These containers will be available through January
    2016. This is a project that is very simple, easy and will keep the lights out of the landfill and saves the
    metal.
    Facilities with Christmas Light Recycling Containers:
     Family Thrift Stores: 1516 East St Patrick St, 855 Omaha St, 751 Mountain View Road
     Boyd's~Baken Park: Entrance into Boyd's Liquor
     Public Safety Building: 300 Kansas City St
     Rapid City Library: 610 Quincy St
     CSAC Building - 300 Sixth St
     Journey Museum - 222 New York St
     Education Center: Rapid City Landfill
  • Sioux Falls, SD
    Sioux Falls Regional Sanitary Landfill ( ~7 miles west of Interstate 29 on 41st St.)
    26750 464th Ave
    Hartford SD 57033.
    Phone: (605) 367-8162.
    Open: Mon-Sat, 7:30 am to 5 pm (Summer hours)
    Mon-Sat, 8 am to 4:30 pm (Winter hours)
    Christmas trees must be to be Taken to the Landfill
  • Watertown, SD
    Christmas trees stripped of all lights, ornaments, and decorations will be picked up for the two weeks following Christmas on normal collection days. Christmas trees should not be placed in plastic bags. Exact dates will be announced using local media. After this period, Christmas trees and appropriate tipping fee will need to be brought to the landfill by the resident.
  • Yankton, SD
    Holiday Christmas Tree Disposal Schedule: Yankton Transfer StationThe City of Yankton will have a one-time pickup of Christmas trees on the first Monday of the new year. The City is asking for Yankton residents to place Christmas trees by the front curb no later than 7:00 A.M. on Monday, as there will be no Christmas tree pick up in alleys.
    In addition, there will be a Christmas tree drop-off point for Yankton residents at the parking lot west of the Riverside Park baseball stadium. Christmas trees can also be taken to the Yankton Transfer Station during regular business hours of Monday through Saturday from 8:00 A.M. to 3:45 P.M. The Christmas tree drop-off point and the Transfer Station will start accepting trees beginning after December 26, through and including, January 09. Kevin Kuhl, Public Services Director, email:kkuhl@cityofyankton.org . Phone: (605) 668-5251