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

  • Chipping Christmas tree into mulch New York City and Long Island -
    See this page for information dedicated to NYC and Long Island!
  • Albany, NY - Set by the curb as yard waste. Remove decorations, tinsel, lights, etc. Do Not place inside of plastic bags. Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
  • Buffalo, NY - CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING In addition to electronics recycling, the City of Buffalo will also be accepting Christmas trees for recycling at the January 17th event. City residents can bring their natural Christmas tree to 1120 Seneca Street where it will be chipped on site. Residents can take chips with them for re-use as mulch. Trees should be free of ornaments and tinsel. The City will also have curbside collection of naturally grown Christmas trees. The collection is scheduled to last from January 5 to January 9 on residents scheduled garbage day. This will be conducted by the City of Buffalo's Department of Public Works, Parks & Streets as a way to help the environment and reduce costs associated with taking the trees to landfills. To participate in this collection, city residents are asked to place trees out on their curb before a scheduled garbage pickup and to not place them in garbage bags. Although they are scheduled on the same days, trees will be picked up separately from garbage, so city residents should not be concerned if they are left behind after garbage removal.In addition to the one-week tree pick-up, the City is also offering drop-off opportunities at three locations in the city. These locations are as follows:
    Cazenovia Park, Golf course parking lot, South of Seneca Street, at the foot of Wildwood
    Shoshone Park, Parking lot, North off of Hertel, at the foot of Beard
    1120 Seneca Street, Rear parking lot, Between Babcock and Smith
    *Signage will be posted at all locations
    These drop-off sites will be open from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Saturday, beginning December 27th and ending January 17th. For more information about the program, please contact 311. 
    Discarded artificial trees will be treated as garbage and not yard waste.
    Other Buffalo Area Towns:
    Amherst collects discarded trees from curbside during the first 2 weeks of January
    Cheektowaga: collects discarded trees from curbside during the first 2 weeks of January
    Niagara Falls: Trees will be picked up with regular garbage throughout the month of January.
    North Tonawanda: collects discarded trees from curbside during the first 2 weeks of January with regular trash disposal.
    Town of Tonawanda: tree pickup on regular garbage pickup days. Trees are destined for recycling.
    West Seneca: collects discarded trees from curbside during the first 2 weeks of January
    Lancaster: collects discarded trees from curbside during the first 2 weeks of January
  • Bronx, NY - The Yonkers Organic Yard accepts leaves, branches and Christmas trees stripped of decorations and lights. The yard will not accept grass clippings, tree stumps or items placed in plastic bags.
  • Brookhaven, NY - Christmas Trees can be collected at the curb, separate from garbage, as brush on Sunday nights preceding leaf weeks (do not bag). There is a special week for Christmas trees to allow them to be recycled (they say to please check their calendar ). If over 6 feet must be cut in half or brought to the Town landfill. Make sure to remove any stands, lights, ornaments, bags etc. Artificial trees are NOT accepted.
  • Lewisboro, NY - Christmas trees will be accepted for recycling in January during regular recycling center hours, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm on Saturdays. The recycling center is located behind the Town House, 11 Main Street, South Salem. The trees will be chipped by the Highway Department to be recycled as mulch.
  • New Castle and Chappaqua, NY - You can take your Christmas tree (which they, in imbicillic political correctness call a "holiday tree") to the recycling center. Remove all lights and decorations first. The Recycling Center is located at:
    210 Hunts Lane, Chappaqua, NY 10514.
    Recycling Center Office Hours: Wed.- Sat. 7am to 11:15am & 12:00 noon to 2:30pm. To report problems or ask questions email: recycle@mynewcastle.org
  • Rochester, NY - Residential customers who wish to recycle their natural holiday trees may bring them to one of several holiday tree drop off locations around the city. The trees are chipped and the resulting mulch is returned to the public at no charge through the Materials Give Back Program   located on Ferrano Street near Colfax Street.Drop-off LocationsBeginning after Christmas and through the end of January, residents may drop their holiday tree for recycling at the following locations: Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
  • Rye, NY - Christmas Trees are collected as organic yard waste. Trees must be free of ornamentation and not placed in plastic bags. Trees must be put curbside on organic yard waste days.
  • Salina, NY . (Liverpool, NY) Christmas Trees will be picked up between the dates of January 2nd and January 31st on your regularly scheduled trash pick-up day. Trees left out after this period will be picked up after March 15th when yard waste pick-up resumes.
  • Syracuse, NY - Trees will be picked up at curbside. They can also can be dropped off at the mulch pile on Midler Avenue, across from the entrance to Lowe's. Also see these drop off locations . You can also bring your Christmas trees (and leaves and brush) to either the Amboy or Jamesville Compost Site between Jan. 3-6 and Jan. 9-13, 2017 (Monday through Friday, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm). There is no charge to drop off items at either site. In the spring, the trees are ground into mulch that in turn can be used in gardens and landscaping.
    Jamesville Compost Site, 4370 Route 91, Jamesville, NY 13078. Phone: 315-453-2866. Email: info@ocrra.org
    AMBOY, 6296 Airport Road Camillus, NY 13209. Phone: 315-453-2866.  Email: info@ocrra.org
  • Yonkers, NY - Christmas trees should be placed at curbside on regular refuse collection day. As part of the City's Recycling program, this division collects newspapers and commingle recyclables at curbside on Alternate Wednesday's. Click here for locations, u pdated information and more details. For more information, call 377-6270

County breakdown

  • Broome County -  Christmas trees are recycled into mulch or compost. Be sure to remove all decorations, plastic bags and tinsel before disposal. FREE Drop-off Locations for RESIDENTS ONLY.
    NYSDEC Sub-office, Kirkwood, NY: Will accept trees between 8am and 4pm at 1679 Route 11. The trees are chipped and spread along hiking trails in the parks.
    Broome County Landfill, 286 Knapp Rd., Binghamton NY: Will accept trees at the residential drop-off area located at the landfill from December 27, 2016-January 31, 2017. Open Monday through Friday 7am-2:45pm and Saturday 7am-11:45am. The trees are chipped and composted.
    Grippen Park, Endicott, NY:Will accept trees from December 26, 2016 to January 7, 2017. During daylight hours. The trees are chipped.
    Residents with municipal and private curbside service should contact their garbage hauler for more information.
  • Cayuga County - Residents can bring their Christmas trees to the Natural Resource Center at 7413 County House Road in Sennett. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday; and Monday through Jan. 13; and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Residents bringing in their Christmas tree for recycling will be able to pick up on May 4 at the Natural Resource Center a free Douglas fir transplant seedling for planting.
  • Madison County - Trees and wreaths can be dropped off at the county landfill on Buyea Road in Lincoln and transfer stations in Cazenovia, Hamilton and Sullivan for free. Recycling coordinator Sharon Driscoll said the trees will be processed with brush and branches and turned into mulch, which residents can pick up for free in the spring. Some towns and villages also handle trees.
  • Monroe County -  residents can once again recycle their Christmas trees, free of charge, at several locations across Monroe County. Most drop-off locations will accept trees throughout the end of January. Please click on the link below for a list of tree drop-off and pickup dates and locations in Monroe County's towns and villages, the City of Rochester and participating businesses. Click here for locations, updated information and more details
  • Onondaga CountySee this page for a town by town breakdown in the Syracuse area.
  • Oswego County - Residents can bring their Christmas trees to the Bristol Hill Landfill in Volney, where the trees will be composted. The landfill is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Some towns and villages also handle trees.
  • Saratoga County - The following towns collect trees from curbside.  Decorations must be removed. Real Christmas Trees ONLY, we do not pick up artificial trees. If longer than 7 feet than the trees will need to be cut down. Remove everything from your tree (especially tinsel), these are going to a tree farm so they can not have anything on them
    Town of Ballston January 19th Wednesday, January 18, 2017 for All Town Residents
    Town of Clifton Park January 9th - January 13th Sunday, January 08, 2017 for All Town Residents
    Town of Glenville January 16th - January 20th Sunday, January 15, 2017 for County Waste Customers Only
    Town of Halfmoon January 5th & January 6th Wednesday, January 04, 2017 for County Waste Customers Only
    Town of Schaghticoke January 16th Sunday, January 15, 2017 for All Town Residents
    Town of Wilton January 4th Tuesday, January 03, 2017 for County Waste Customers Only.
  • Tioga County - Most villages provide tree pick-up or drop-off for their residents. Call your village for more information. If you live in a rural area, lay the tree out where the branches can offer shelter for birds and other wildlife. Waterman Conservation Education Center will accept old Christmas trees at its 403 Hilton Road location in Apalachin. Trees can be dropped off at the center’s parking lot. For more information, call 625-2221. HOWEVER YOU RECYCLE YOUR TREE REMOVE ALL LIGHTS/DECORATIONS/TINSEL/TREE STAND!!
  • Tompkins County - Christmas Tree and Wreath Recycling. Some municipalities in Tompkins County provide convenient options for recycling trees and wreaths into compost and mulch. The Recycling and Solid Waste Center also accepts these items free of charge as yard waste. Get all the details in this guide . Please remove any decorations first.
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