How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas TreesWhere and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in New Jersey in January 2017

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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New Jersey: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays

Finding current information in NJ is tough, many of the cities, towns and disposal companies have not updated their websites in years.  Below is the most recent I can find, but be sure call or see their website.

  • Chipping Christmas tree into mulch Atlantic County - ACUA will collect (real) Christmas trees with regular yard waste collections in the following towns: Absecon , Buena Vista Township , Egg Harbor City , Hamilton Township , Linwood , Northfield , Ventnor , Weymouth Township . If you live in a town that is not listed, please contact your town's Public Works. For a complete list of collection dates and public works contacts, click here.  Trees can also be brought to the ACUA for disposal. Click here to view disposal rates and hours of operation.  Before recycling trees, follow these guidelines: Trees should be free of lights and decorations, including tinsel; Trees do not have to be bagged; Flocked trees are acceptable for collection and composting.
  • Burlington County - Each town handles tree, brush and yard waste differently, so residents should contact their municipality to see if they offer curbside collection of Christmas trees for recycling. The county will also offer free disposal to residents who bring the trees to the Resource Recovery Complex in Florence and Mansfield as a separate load - that is, not mixed with trash. No artificial or flocked trees can be accepted. All plastic bags, ropes, decorations, garland, tinsel, ornaments, lights, stands, wires and nails should be removed.
  •  Cedar Grove, NJ - Christmas Tree Recycling: After Christmas the Parks Department picks up the discarded Christmas trees throughout the Township. The Christmas tree pickup starts immediately after January 1 and continues for approximately four weeks. The trees should be placed at the curb before 8:00 a.m. on your recycling day for pickup. Trees in plastic bags will not be picked up.
  • Elizabeth, NJ - Front Street Transfer Station.
    625 South Front Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202. Phone: (908) 629-9270. Open: Saturday 7am to 5pm. Location Notes: Essex County residents need to call the ECUA at 973-857-2350 extension 134 to open an account. Hours for Essex County residents are Saturday 7am to 1pm. Fees apply, so please call for the fee schedule. This site accepts leaves, grass, trees, hedges, shrubs, and stumps.
  • Fair Lawn, NJ - Christmas trees are collected with yard waste, ornaments must removed, including tinsel.
    Remember to tie the branches.
  • Gloucester County - It varies by each township and city, so unfortunately, you need to contact your locality (below)
    Municipality / Township Contact Person & Phone Email or Web-site
    Clayton Carol Carr / 856-881-3778 claytonnjpw@comcast.net .
    Deptford Twp. Patrick Rebecca / 856-227-4719 deptford@nj.org .
    East Greenwich Twp. Joseph Schweigart / 856-423-0654 pwm@eastgreenwichnj.com .
    Elk Township Steve Alexander / 856-881-6525, ext.21 www.elktownshipnj.gov .
    Franklinville Bill Nese / 856-694-3155 www.franklintownship.com .. 
    Glassboro Russell Clark / 856-881-8422 www.glassboroonline.com .
    Greenwiich Twp. Robert Schoch / 856-224-0373
    Harrison Township M. Micklasavage / 856-223-1308 htpw@harrisontwp.us .
    Logan Township Dave McCormick / 856-467-0859 www.logan-twp.org .
    Mantua Twp. Glenn Demers / 856-468-1502 www.mantuatownship.com .
    Monroe Township Recycling Office / 856-629-4444 www.monroetownshipnj.org .
    National Park James Walker / 856-848-2363 www.nationalparknj.com .
    Newfield Everett Marshall / 856-697-1100 vancampt@njtown.net .
    Paulsboro Charles Tinder / 856-423-1500 www.paulsboronj.org .
    Pitman Tom Brown / 856-589-1040 www.pitman.org .
    South Harrison Twp. Jon Sukerforth / 856-769-0363 jsukerforth@southharrison-nj.org .
    Swedesboro Recycling Office / 856-467-0202
    Washington Twp. Nick Pileggi / 856-589-0523 npileggi@twp.washington.nj.us .
    Wenonah Ken Trovarelli / 856-468-5228 www.BoroughofWenonah.com .
    West Deptford Twp. Troy DePrince / 856-845-4004,ext.141 www.westdeptfordtownship.com .
    Westville Donna Domico / 856-456-7785 www.westville-nj.com .
    Woodbury Thomas F. dukelow / 856-853-0892 www.woodury.nj.us .
    Woodbury Heights David Baresich / 856-845-4519 davidb@bwhnj.com .
    Woolwich Township Mark Fruits / 856-467-2666 mfruits@woolwichtwp.org .
  • Hunterdon County
    Many municipalities in the county also offer tree-disposal service. This link takes you to the current list of cities and towns in Hunterdon County that have a tree recycling location .  There is also a Deer Path program which is open to county residents only, and identification will be required. Up to three trees per family will be accepted. No commercial drop-offs will be permitted, and no landscape debris or wreaths will be accepted. The trees will be chipped during the month, and woodchip mulch will be available for home use on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 782-1158 for information.
  • Jersey City - Christmas trees must be free of ornaments and/or lights and placed curbside and picked up every Thursday in January. DO NOT WRAP OR BAG. . WREATHS AND/OR ARTIFICIAL TREES WILL NOT BE COLLECTED WITH CHRISTMAS TREES. PLEASE PLACE THESE ITEMS CURBSIDE WITH YOUR REGULAR GARBAGE.. For additional information please call 201-432-4645 EXT. 2620.
  • Lebanon Township -Township residents can drop off trees behind the Municipal Building; call for this year's date. After January 6, residents should use the Hunterdon county program.
  • Livingston, NJ - The Township of Livingston's Christmas Tree Collection and Recycling program will officially begin on the first working weekday after New Years Day and end on January 31. Christmas trees will be collected Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents can simply leave their undecorated live-cut trees at the curb, as they would for recycling. The DPW will chip the trees into mulch, which is made available to residents for pickup at no cost.
  • Mendham, NJ - DPW will pick up Christmas trees on Monday a week after New Year's Day (in 2017 that's January 9th). There will be no additional pick up dates!
  • Milford - Curbside pickup will be during the last week of January.
  • Montclair, NJ - The Township of Montclair Parks and Shade Tree Division at the Department of Community Services will be collecting Christmas trees only from curbside in January. There will be no drop off sites in the parks. Christmas/Holiday Trees
     placed at the curb will be picked up on a weekly basis during the entire month of January. All trees are chipped and recycled as compost, so the stand, the plastic bag cover, and all lights and tinsel must be removed. . To eliminate double handling, standard packer trucks will be used for the collection, and the trees will be composted for mulch. Residents are reminded to remove all decorations such as lights, balls, and tinsel, as well as the tree stand. In the event of a significant snowfall, trees will be collected upon completion of municipal snow removal efforts. For further information, please call the Dept. of Community Services at (973) 783-5600.  Wreaths will be collected separately with refuse.
  • Morris County - Christmas Trees (Recycling) The trees should be dropped off at the wood chip area on the immediate left side as you enter the facility (adjacent to the road salt storage shed) All lights, ornaments, decorations, etc. must be removed from the trees before drop off.  Click here for locations, updated information and more details. The trees will be shredded and wood chips are available for free at the same location as long the supply lasts. Residents have to load the wood chips on their trucks/vans. No pick up or delivery of trees or wood chips.
    The disposal area is open seven days a week. NO ARTIFICIAL TREES ARE ACCEPTED.
  • Morris Plains, NJ - CHRISTMAS TREE PICK-UP - - JANUARY 2nd, 9th and 16th, 2017
    No brush will be picked up. No plastic bags, nails, wire or ornaments are to be left on trees.
    Thank you for your cooperation - Department of Public Works - 973-538-4494.
  • New Milford, NJ - Curbside collection of Christmas trees will during be the 2nd week of the month of January. Please remove the following items from your Christmas trees before setting out for collection: plastic bags, strings of lights, ornaments, tinsel, tree stands and nails.
  • Newark - Christmas tree collection starts  Monday, mid January and continues for 2 weeks. The Division of Recycling is requesting that all residents make an appointment for tree pick-up, by calling (973) 733-6685, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  The Division of Recycling will collect trees on the days and zones that trash is normally picked up, as follows:
    From residents whose trash is collected on Mondays and Thursdays (Zone A)
    From residents whose trash is collected on Tuesdays and Fridays (Zone B)
    Residents should place their trees at their curbside by 6 p.m., the day before their scheduled pick-up. In addition, residents can dispose of their Christmas Trees by taking them to the Division of Recycling's Depot at 62 Frelinghuysen Avenue in the South Ward, Mondays through Fridays, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
  • Ocean City - Christmas Trees should be decoration and bag free and can be placed out for pick up with your regular trash & recycling collection through the end of January. Or Recycle your Christmas trees into
    mulch, compost your wood chips at the Ocean County Northern and Southern Recycling Centers during regular business hours. Also check with your local public works. Residents can also drop off trees at various locations of Ocean County parks from December 26th through January 31. Call or visit their website for locations.
  • Ocean County, New J ersey
    Christmas trees are accepted during the holiday season at both the Northern and Southern Recycling Centers. The Centers are open to accept these materials Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Only residents' material is accepted on Saturdays, no landscapers or municipalities.
  • Raritan, NJ - Christmas Trees  to  Residents Only! REMOVE ALL TINSEL & DECORATIONS FROM TREES FOR RECYCLING. If the tree meets requirements listed above, it will be accepted without the use of your Non-Recycling permit cost.
    204 Pennsylvania Ave., Flemington, NJ 08822. PHONE: 908-782-1695. Open: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (NO STICKERS/PERMITS ISSUED). NO DROP OFFS OR STICKERS/PERMITS ON TUESDAY OR THURSDAY. CLOSED all Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays, Snow Days, & Holidays.
  • Somerset County - Click here for locations, updated information and more details. The Somerset County Park Commission will be accepting natural Christmas trees for recycling from Wednesday, December 26, 2012 through Thursday, January 31, 2013. Somerset County residents may bring their tree to Colonial Park, Parking Lot F, 156 Mettlers Road in Somerset, Franklin Township or to North Branch Park, 355 Milltown Road in Bridgewater at the northern end of the parking lot near the lighted ball field. Both facilities will accept trees from 8 am to 4 pm, seven days a week. Each family is limited to only one tree that must be free of all ornaments, wires, netting, and tinsel. Only natural trees will be accepted. Wreaths and garland will not be accepted as these items cannot be recycled. Deliveries from groups or dealers will be rejected. Following these guidelines is necessary to maintain a manageable recycling program. Trees will be chipped into wood chip mulch which will be used throughout the park system to mulch plantings. Some chips/mulch will be made available to the public at each of the drop-off sites at no cost. For information, call the Somerset County Park Commission Horticulture Department at 732 873-2459, ext. 21.
  • South Brunswick, NJ - Christmas Trees: Unadorned Christmas Trees (no bags please) are picked up for recycling from the curb starting January 2 through the second full week of January each year. After that, the garbage contractor will collect the trees on garbage day.
  • South Orange, NJ - Christmas Tree Collection - The Department of Public Works will be collecting Christmas Trees beginning midweek of January 1st, 2017. Please be advised of the following guidelines regarding the curbside collection: 1. Do NOT wrap Christmas Trees in plastic for collection. 2. Do NOT leave ornaments, garland, or lights on the tree. 3. Wreaths will NOT be picked up as part of this collection. Residents should adhere to these guidelines as to not have the pickup rejected.
  • Toms River, NJ - Christmas Tree Drop-Off - January - Option 1 - The Parks and Recreation Department conducts a Christmas tree recycling program each January. Residents should recycle Christmas trees by taking them to any one of the following locations through January. The trees will be made into wood chips rather than being added to the landfill thus saving landfill tipping fees.
    Skyview Park (Vaughn Avenue)
    Riverwood Park (Riverwood Avenue)
    Silverton Park (Maine Street)
    Bayside Park (Bay Blvd., Ortley)
    Bey Lea Park (Tennis Court and Parking Lot)
    Chadwick Beach Park (Strickland Blvd.)
    Money Island Park (Longfellow Avenue)
    Winding River Park - South (Off Rt. 37 West)
    Toms River Township Recycling Center (Church Road)
    Option 2 - The Public Works Department will collect Christmas trees after the Parks & Recreation recycling program is completed. From January 15 through January 31, Public Works will collect Christmas trees. Place the trees at the curb for collection. After January 31, all trees must be dropped off at our Recycling Convenience Center on Church Road. Remember: You may pickup free mulch and woodchips at the Recycling Convenience Center.
  • Warren County - The Warren County Pollution Control Financing Authority will recycle your used Christmas tree free of charge. Bring your trees to the Convenience Center located at the Warren County District Landfill located at 500 Mt. Pisgah Avenue, Oxford, NJ from January 2nd through February 28th, Monday through Friday, 7 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday, 7 am to 11 am. Check with your municipality to see if trees are picked up and if there is any charge. All stands, lights, decorations, and tinsel must be removed because real Christmas trees go through wood chipping machines and anything else on the tree can jam the machine. Artificial Christmas trees can not be recycled. They must go out with the garbage. Wreaths, whether they are real or artificial, must go out in the garbage. Since wreaths are held together with wire and plastic, they can not go through a wood-chipping machine like a real Christmas tree. For further information, call (908) 453-2174.
  • Woolwich Township - Trees Will be collected on the second Monday in January. (trees with tree stands , lights or ornaments remaining will not be collected)

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