Where and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Virginia 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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Virginia: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays
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
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
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. -
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
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
Falls 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
If you have country trash
service, put your tree on the curb on trash day during the first
two weeks in January.After that, you must schedule a brush
pickup to have your Christmas tree removed. 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
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.
see 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, Please
make sure your Christmas tree is placed at the curb no later
than 7:30 a.m., on Monday,. City crews will collect Christmas
trees during the SECOND week of JanuarY. This is the only time
that Christmas trees will be picked up. Special crews will pick
up trees separate from other collection items. Christmas trees
will not be picked up with your regular trash service. If
you have any questions regarding this special collection, please
call 372 -
Gloucester County - from December 26 to the end of
February, Residents may place Christmas trees in the brush
container at any Gloucester County Convenience Center during
regular hours (Monday to Friday 8 AM to 7 PM and Saturday 7 AM
to 7 PM.). Tree must be free of the stand, ornaments,
tinsel and lights. Trees will be mulched along with other yard
debris. The mulch is provided free of charge to county residents
from the main landfill location. However, residents are strongly
encouraged to call ahead to ensure mulch is available for
Middle Peninsula Landfill and Recycling Center
Waste Management Way (Entrance on Route 17).
Belroi - 5122
Hickory Ford Road
Dutton - 10430 Burke's Pond Road
House - 6550 Beehive Drive
Hayes - 7599 Guinea Road
James City County
Live Christmas trees will be accepted for recycling Dec. 26
through Jan. 31 at all 3 County convenience and recycling centers.
Trees must be free of all tinsel, lights and decorations..
See their website for updates.
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)
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
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 -
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.
Loudoun County, 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.
of Central Virginia -
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.
RICHMOND - Through Jan. 6, 2018
East Richmond Road Convenience Center, 3800 East Richmond Road,yard
Richmond Southside Transfer Station, 3520 N. Hopkins Rd.yard
DPW and Clean City Commission's "Bring One for the Chipper” and
Recycling Event on 1/6/2018 from 10 am
until 2 pm. Only live undecorated trees accepted. ( Electronics
Recycling & document shredding will be included at this
recycling event.) Proof of residency required. Hosted
by the City of Richmond Dept of Public Works and Richmond
Clean City Commission, field at corner of North Boulevard &
Robin Hood Rd)
*Please contact City
of Richmond staff directly ifif you have
Other Richmond areas:
Check dates and Hours of Operation
for your specific locality below.
ASHLAND - Set tree at curb for collection by town crews.
CHESTERFIELD - Through January 31 at
Convenience Center, 3200 Warbro Rd. off Genito Rd. or off Hull St.
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!
Through February 2, 2018
drop your tree at
Northern Area 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 - 6 pm) 2017 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE.CONVENIENCE CENTER
Southern Area Convenience Center, 6700 Landfill Rd. off Rt. 10
Click here for holiday hours and recycling tips.
(Monday, Thursday, Friday through Sunday 9:30 am -
6 pm) 2017 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE.CONVENIENCE CENTER
No tree vendors!
COLONIAL HEIGHTS - January 5,6,12 & 13, 2018
Recycling Center, 2701 Conduit Road (behind Sheetz Gas Station)
Fridays & Saturdays, 8 am to noon AND 1 - 5:00 pm (closed from
12 - 1 pm and holidays)
GOOCHLAND - Through Jan. 31, 2018
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 - 6 pm; Sundays 1 pm - 6 pm.
Click here for more Goochland Convenience Centers information.
HANOVER - from
December 26 through Jan. 31, 2018
Rt. 301 Transfer Station , Courtland Farm Rd. (Rt. 820)
- 8 am to 4 pm, Mon - Sat (closed Sunday and holidays)
Mechanicsville Center, 7427 Verdi Ln. (Rt. 710)
- 7 am to 7 pm, daily (closed holidays)
Courthouse Center, 7301 Courtland Farm Rd. (Rt. 820)
- 7 am to 7 pm, daily (closed holidays)
Beaverdam Center, 18400 Beaverdam Rd. (Rt. 715) -
7 am to 7 pm, daily (closed holidays)
Doswell Center, 11224 Doswell Rd. (Rt. 688)
- 7 am to 7 pm, daily (closed holidays)
Elmont Center, 11045 Lewistown Rd. (Rt. 783)
- 7 am to 7 pm, daily (closed holidays)
Montpelier Center, 15188 Clazemont Rd. (Rt. 715) -
7 am to 7 pm, daily (closed holidays)
Click here for more Hanover Convenience Centers information.
December 26 through Jan. 7, 2018
Sponsored by Keep Henrico Beautiful County of Henrico Department of Public Utilities (click
link to download flier)
Springfield Road Landfill Public Use Area, near Nuckols Rd and
I - 295 - 7:30am to 7 pm, daily, except holidays
Charles City Road Landfill Public Use Area
- 7:30am to 7 pm, daily,
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
Click here for more Henrico County Public Use Areas information
Place undecorated live tree by trash cart. Tree will be not be
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 - 7 pm (check with County for any holiday
PETERSBURG - December 26 - Jan. 13, 2018
Tri City Landfill & Disposal Facility (no charge for tree
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 be
placed at the curb for collection. Trees will not be recycled.
Jan. 2 - January 31 at
Yard Works, 1990 Anderson Hwy, 7:30 am - 5 pm (Mon - Fri)
Let the Powhatan
Anti - Litter Council and Yard Works (in
Powhatan) help you "Go Green” this holiday season! Yard Works
Anti - Litter Council will partner again this
holiday season to offer live Christmas tree collection and
recycling free of charge to local residents. This service has
been offered to the Powhatan community at no cost for more than
12 years. All decorations and lights must be removed from the
tree. Trees will be ground into mulch. No artificial trees
accepted. For more information, call Yard Works at (804)639
- 0311 or
the Powhatan Extension Office at (804)598
PRINCE GEORGE - December 26 through Jan. 13, 2018 (closing 12/31/17 at 12 noon &
will reopen 1/2/18 at 8 am)
Convenience Center, 3100 Union Branch Rd, Petersburg, VA; from 8:00 am - 5 pm (daily) (see holiday closing information above)
Remove all decorations from the trees and please keep trees
separate from other household waste. No artifical trees accepted
free of charge.
Container First Services is offering Christmas
Tree Recycling for Prince George residents.
- Christmas trees are collected at the curb as brush
collectionRemove all lights, trimmings and tree stands and set out
during your regular week for bulk collection at the curb separate
from bulk trash and 3 feet away from your trash and recycling
containers if you're a Newport News Solid Waste User Fee customer
or bring to the Recovery Operations Center Mon -
Sat, 8 - 4 except for
City - observed holidays (call 886 - 7947).
- Norfolk - From December 26th through the end of
January, live trees may be put at the curb for collection for
mulching on your regular trash collection day. Trees can also be
dropped off at the City's Household Hazardous Waste Collection
1176 Pineridge Road, Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 2
Portsmouth - Christmas trees may be put at the curb for
pickup on your regular trash collection day. The stand, ornaments,
tinsel and lights must be removed. The trees will be taken to
the City Landfill and mulched.
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
in Manassas 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,he 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.
Smithfield - From December 26 through January 11; if
you want your tree picked up at curbside, you must contact Kathy
Bew - Jones at 365 -4200 or
firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your address. Tree
should be free of the stand, ornaments, tinsel, garland and lights.
- From December 26th through January 8, 2018, Christmas trees will
be picked up curbside and handled as normal debris. During
this two -
week period collections will not count against your 12 free
bulk pickup collections.
Surry County - During the month of January
Surry County residents may drop off Christmas trees free of
the stand, ornaments, tinsel and lights at the Surry County
Collection Centers (listed below)
Goodson Path Solid Waste
Station - 409 Goodson Path, Dendron
Pineview Solid Waste Station
- 101 Pineview Road, Waverly
Mantura Road Solid Waste Station
- 60 Mantura Road, Surry
Virginia Beach - Christmas trees are picked up
curbside on normal trash collection days. Or you may drop them off
at the Virginia Beach Landfill and Resource Recovery Center at 1989
Jake Sears Road with proof of residency. Christmas trees will be
handled as normal yard debris and need to be free of any decorations
or tinsel. All trees and yard debris will be mulched.
Williamsburg - City Crews will be collecting Christmas
trees curbside on Tuesday, January 2 and Monday, January 8. Trees
must be placed at the curb before 7 AM and should be free of the
stand, ornaments and lights. Please place separately from bulk waste
and regular trash.
York County - The curbside Christmas tree recycling
program will start on January 15th and run through January 19th.
Please have your tree at the curb by 7 am on January 15th for
collection that week. Tree should be free of the stand, ornaments,
tinsel, lights and should be no bigger than six feet in length. For
all York County residents, including non -
trees are also accepted throughout January at the VPPSA Compost
Facility (Located at 145 Goodwin Neck Road, York County),
Saturday, 8 am to 4 pm.