Where and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in West 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!
See this page for local options to easily recycle your Christmas holiday lights
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Chocolate Yule log and
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West Virginia: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays
Charleston, West Virginia
The West Virginia
Department of Environmental Protection and West Virginia Division of
Natural Resources will host their annual Christmas tree recycling
event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Saturday, in the new year,
at the Capitol Market in downtown Charleston.
Over the years,
thousands of live trees have been collected and placed in lakes
across West Virginia to improve fish habitat. "The trees enhance
existing fish habitat in lakes and serve as fish-attracting
structures for increased fishing opportunities," said Bret Preston,
assistant chief of DNR's Wildlife Resources Section.
accepted, all decorations must be removed from the tree, including
ornaments, tinsel and stands. Those who drop off trees can enter
their names into drawings for a day of skiing for two at Winterplace
Resort, a free night's lodging and breakfast at Chief Logan Lodge,
and a $25 gift card from Capitol Market.
The recycling event
yielded close to 500 trees last year. The DEP's Rehabilitation
Environmental Action Plan (REAP) program coordinates the tree
"This continues to be an extremely popular
event with area residents and we hope it stays that way," said Danny
Haught, chief of the DEP's REAP program. "Not only does it benefit
the fish habitat in West Virginia's beautiful lakes, it also helps
our environment by keeping these trees out of our landfills."
For more information, contact the DEP's Sandy Rogers at
304-926-0499, ext. 1004, or email
The City of Huntington's Sanitation
and Trash Division has secured six locations where city residents
can drop off their Christmas trees for free disposal. Those
locations are as follows:
St. Cloud Commons (upper parking lot)
Harris Riverfront Park (upper parking lot on the 12th Street end)
West end of the old Olympic Pool property on Memorial Boulevard
Altizer Community Park
Parking lot of old League 6 ball field
parking lot on Ferguson Road.
Deitz Hollow drop-off site. The
times for this specific location are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through
Friday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month.
The city is in the process of securing agreements with state parks
in the area to ensure the trees will be used for fish
habitats.residents can drop off their Christmas trees.
disposal of the trees is free to city residents.
Click here for a link to our Facebook page.
City residents who are unable to take their trees to the
drop-off locations can schedule a free pick-up at their residence by
calling 304-696-4431 between 6:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday through
Friday. The Sanitation and Trash Division will pick up the
tree on the same day as weekly household garbage.
The Public Works Recycling Division will
begin curbside collection of Christmas Trees from early January
though February 28th. On residents regularly scheduled refuse
collection day, residents are required to have their trees curbside
by 7:00 A.M. Christmas trees are taken to a local compost facility
where they are placed in a chipper to create reusable mulch. To
avoid damaging the machine, residents are asked to remove all
lights, ornaments, tinsel, and other materials from their tree
before recycling. For more information call John Brown at the
Weirton Public Works Department at (304) 797-8543