Where and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Virginia 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!
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Virginia: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays
Albemarle County -
Christmas Tree Recycling This is a FREE program that recycles
discarded Christmas Trees that are chipped into mulch for the
public's use.The County will operate seven sites. The operation dates will be from December 26
to mid-January. The hours will be 7 am to dark daily. As a reminder,
this program is for Christmas trees only, please no yard waste. Both
the County and City programs require that all decorations, stands
and nails be removed from the Christmas trees. FREE mulch will be
available starting February 1, at Darden Towe Park. The sites are:
* Rivanna Solid Waste Authority Recycling Center on McIntire Road
(this location may be congested, please consider Darden Towe Park as
an Alternate location that is less congested and is better suited
for large loads and contract haulers.)
* Crozet Park in Park Drive
* Greenwood Community Center in Greenwood
* Chris Green Lake in Earlysville
* Darden Towe Park in Elks Drive
* Scottsville Community Center in Scottsville
* Walnut Creek Park off Old Lynchburg Road
For more information please contact the County Department of Parks and Recreation at (434)296-5844.
Alexandria - City residents who receive trash service must place their trees at the curb (no alley)
Trees should be set at your regular yard waste collection point, on
your trash collection day. The trees are then collected on the first
two Saturdays in January. Put your tree out there by 7 am. Trees collected during this time will be
ground into mulch and available to residents in the spring. To
prepare trees for collection, residents are reminded to:
Remove all ornaments, tinsel and stands. Do not place in plastic
bags. For more information about Christmas tree recycling or spring mulch, call the City's Solid Waste Division at (703) 519-3486.
- During the first two full weeks in January, Christmas trees
are collected curbside for residential homes with trash and
recycling service. Residents are reminded to place the tree on
the curb no later than 6 a.m. on your regular trash collection
day and to remove all decorations, nails, stands and plastic
bags. The trees are later ground into wood mulch for garden use.
Christmas Tree Drop-Off: Residents who don't have curbside
recycling service, such as those living in townhomes, apartments
or condominiums, may also bring their Christmas trees to the
Solid Waste Bureau during the Christmas tree collection season.
Call 703-228-6570 to schedule an appointment, Mon.-Friday, 8
a.m.-3 p.m. Residents will need to show proof of residence in
Arlington, such as a driver's license. After Jan. 13, please
prepare the tree for yard waste collection on your regular trash
collection day. Once collected, trees will be recycled into
Chesapeake, VA - Christmas Tree Recycling - Every
year the Public Works Department offers free disposal of your
Christmas tree. We start collecting them right after Christmas
and will be collecting Christmas trees on your regular
collection day through January 13 . Don't forget to remove
everything (ornaments, lights, tinsel) from your tree before
bringing it to the curb. If it didn't originally grow on the
tree, it needs to be removed. And be cautious of where you place
the tree. Be sure it isn't blocking the flow of traffic,
pedestrians or stormwater and keep it at least three feet away
from any obstructions like mailboxes, telephone poles or cars.
Chesterfield County, VA - The county operates two
convenience centers for household refuse disposal and recycling.
These services are provided for county residents only. The sites
accept waste generated from residential homes, including
household waste, construction/demolition debris, brush and yard
waste and bulky waste.
For additional information, call 804-748-1297. Additionally,
numerous recycling options are available at the sites.
Northern Area Convenience Center, 3200 Warbro Road
Area Convenience Center, 6700 Landfill Drive
Church, VA - Christmas trees are collected free of
charge on Wednesdays in January and February (except on
City-observed holidays). Placing your tree at the curb during
the first 2 weeks in January ensures speedy collection. Place
your Christmas Tree at the curb after removing plastic bags,
rope, and all decorations, including tinsel. Residents who live
in apartments and condominiums that receive private trash and
recycling service may recycle trees by taking them to the brush
collection area at the Fairfax County Citizens' Disposal and
Recycling Facility, located at 4618 W. Ox Road, Fairfax, VA
Fairfax County - If you have country trash
service, put your tree on the curb on trash day during the first
two weeks in January. If you use a private trash service, call
your company for instructions. Christmas trees may also be
recycled during the first two weeks in January at either the I-66
Transfer Station or the I-95 Landfill Complex. There is a
small processing fee of $1 per tree. Please remove tree stands,
ornaments, tinsel, lights and tree toppers before recycling.
this page for more information.
City of Fredericksburg - Christmas Tree and Special Bulk Collection
Public Works Department crews will collect Christmas trees and
special bulk items during the second week of January,
James City County - No information available yet.
See their website for updates.
Henrico County - Christmas Tree Recycling, now through
the first full week in January.The free service, which preserves
landfill space and the environment, is available to Henrico
residents only. Trees will be accepted at the following locations:
Henrico Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road, in the lower parking
Eastern Government Center, 3820 Nine Mile Road, in the front
Springfield Road Public Use Area, 10600 Fords
Country Lane, near Nuckols Road and Interstate 295; and
City Road Public Use Area, 2075 Charles City Road.
Trees can be
dropped off anytime at the Henrico Government Center and Eastern
Government Center and from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily at the
Springfield Road and Charles City Road public use areas. Trees must
be free of tinsel, lights, ornaments, tree stands and water bowls.
Free mulch is available to Henrico residents at the public use
areas. For information on the tree recycling program, call (804)
Leesburg, VA - CSI will collect Holiday Trees (commonly
called "Christmas Trees" by non-government people) for Recycling on
the following days:
SE/SW (includes S. King St. & West Market
St.) - Thursdays, January 7th & 14th
NE/NW (includes N. King St.)
- Fridays, January 8th and 15th.
After Last Day of CSI
Collection the Street Division May Collect Trees. Trees with a trunk
size of less than 6" in diameter may be set out on Monday night for
pickup by the Street Maintenance Division during their routine brush
collection schedule. The crew circulates through town with the
chipper truck on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and will collect trees
curbside if they are out by Monday night.
Please keep the
following in mind when preparing your trees for collection - these
guidelines apply to both CSI Recycling and Brush Collection
pickups:Remove stand from tree, Remove all decorations from trees -
please check carefully for items hidden behind thicker branches or
limbs, Remove tinsel, fake snow, angel hair, etc., Remove all
lighting from trees, Remove all twine, metal or plastic ties and
string. Place tree at curb the night before recycling day or Monday
night for brush collection. Do not place in plastic bags or
"Christmas Tree Disposal Bags". Remove stands and bases from trees.
Virginia - Residents who receive curbside recycling
services should contact their homeowners association, town office,
or private waste collector for Christmas tree curbside recycling
information. See Curbside Refuse and Recycling Collection for more
information. From December 26, 2016, through January 20, 2017,
Loudoun County will collect Christmas trees at several locations
which are listed below. Each year, the county processes thousands of
Christmas trees into mulch available for free to Loudoun residents.
Locations: the Loudoun County landfill in Leesburg, the Lovettsville
Game Protective Association, Franklin Park in Purcellville, South
Riding Town Hall and Claude Moore Park in Sterling.
Click here for the addresses and more information. Each year,
the county processes thousands of Christmas trees into mulch
available for free to Loudoun residents.
Recycling Do's & Don'ts: Christmas trees should not be placed
in bags. All decorations, light strands, tree stand, and bag
should be removed before setting the trees out for recycling or
taking them to any of the county's collection locations.
The Christmas tree drop-off program is for residential use only.
Tree vendors are welcome to use the Loudoun County Solid Waste
Management Facility at 21101 Evergreen Mills Road, Leesburg, VA
20175 to recycle left over Christmas trees for $62/ton. For more
information please call 703-771-5514.
Central Virginia, Richmond Area -
If you live in Richmond, you can take your tree to any of the below
areas through January 7th;
East Richmond Road Convenience
Center, at 3800 East Richmond Road
Richmond Southside Transfer
Station, at 3520 N. Hopkins Road
Residents can also leave their
tree next to their "supercan" on trash day and it will be recycled.Please be sure to
remove all decorations, tinsel, bulbs, wire and bolts from the
tree. Unless indicated, sites will grind trees into mulch. Use
of each site/option is restricted to residents of the sponsoring
city or county only.
Note: Check dates and Hours of Operation
for your specific locality below. christmas-tree-recycle
ASHLAND - Set tree at curb for collection by town crews.
CHESTERFIELD - Through January 31
Convenience Center, 3200 Warbro Rd. off Genito Rd. or off Hull St.
Rd. Click here for holiday hours and recycling tips (Monday,
Tuesday, Friday through Sunday 9:30 am to 6 pm to
Southern Area Convenience Center, 6700 Landfill
Rd. off Rt. 10 (Ironbridge Rd.) Click here for holiday hours and
tips (Monday, Thursday, Friday through Sunday 9:30 am to
6 pm to closed holidays) No tree vendors!
COLONIAL HEIGHTS Starting January 3 to January 14, 2017 on
Friday or Saturday.
Recycling Center, 2701 Conduit Road (behind
Sheetz Gas Station) Fridays & Saturdays, 8 am to noon AND 1 to
5:00 pm (closed from 12-1 pm and holidays)
Through Jan. 31, 2017
Central Convenience Center, Rt.
632, near Rt. 522, 1908 Hidden Rock Lane (open 7 days a week)
Western Convenience Center, Rt. 606, 3455 Hadensville Fife Road
(closed on Wednesdays) 7:30 am to 6 pm Sundays 1 pm- 6
HANOVER December 26 through Jan. 31, 2017
Rt. 301 Transfer Station , Courtland Farm Rd. (Rt. 820) to
8a to 4p, Mon to Sat (closed Sunday and
Mechanicsville Center, 7427 Verdi Ln. (Rt. 710)
to 7a to 7p, daily (closed holidays)
Courthouse Center, 7301 Courtland Farm Rd. (Rt. 820) to
7a to 7p, daily (closed holidays)
18400 Beaverdam Rd. (Rt. 715) to 7a to 7p,
daily (closed holidays)
Doswell Center, 11224 Doswell Rd. (Rt.
688) to 7a to 7p, daily (closed holidays)
Elmont Center, 11045 Lewistown Rd. (Rt. 783) to 7a
to 7p, daily (closed holidays)
Montpelier Center, 15188
Clazemont Rd. (Rt. 715) to 7a to 7p, daily
HENRICO December 26 through
Jan. 8, 2017 Christmas Tree Recycling Sponsored by Keep Henrico
Springfield Road Landfill Public Use Area,
near Nuckols Rd and I-295 to 7:30a to 7p,
daily, except holidays
Charles City Road Landfill Public Use
Area to 7:30a to 7p, daily, except holidays
Eastern Henrico Gov't Center, 3820 Nine Mile Rd., front parking
Western Henrico Gov't Center, 4301 East Parham Rd. (near
Prince Henry Dr.), lower parking lot
Place undecorated live tree by trash cart. Tree will be not be
recycled. Leave tree by garbage cart for collection by garbage crews
(tree will not be recycled).
NEW KENT Rt. 618 Refuse Collection
Center (Brush Recycling area) 6301 Olivet Church Road Open daily
7:30 am to 7 pm (check with County for any holiday
PETERSBURG December 26 to
Jan. 14, 2017
Tri City Landfill & Disposal Facility (no charge
for tree recycling) In addition, residents of Petersburg can place
undecorated live Christmas trees at the curb with their trash cart
to be collected on their regular collection day. Remember, only 10
cubic yards of bulky waste, to include the tree, may...
Prince William County - Take your tree to the
county compost facility in Manassas, Novec in Gainesville,
Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge or the county landfill in
Manassas. RECYCLE YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE AND GREENERY
remove all ornaments, decorations, tinsel, nails and the tree stand,
you may recycle your cut tree and greenery at several convenient
The Prince William County Landfill, 14811 Dumfries
Road in Manassas
Monday - Saturday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p .m.
The facility is closed New Year's
The Balls Ford Road Compost Facility, 13000 Balls Ford Road
Monday - Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The facility is closed New
Leesylvania State Park, 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Drive
in Woodbridge, off Neabsco Road
Trees may be dropped off at
Shelter #2 and will be used for wildlife and aquatic habitats.
Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC), 5399 Wellington
Branch Road in Gainesville December 26 to January 11,
The drop off area is located in the parking lot in the area
outlined with safety cones to the right of the building. For more
information contact NOVEC at 703-335-0500 ext. 1633 or 1661, or
NOVEC will deliver the wood chip mulch to interested customer at
no charge, visit www.novec.com for details.