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How Are Christmas Trees Recycled?

By Recyclebank |

Your old Christmas tree can be a gift that keeps on giving to the environment.

Dear Recyclebank,

How are Christmas trees recycled?

Sarah J., Xenia, OH


Many towns and cities have drop-off locations and/or curbside pickup programs for Christmas trees in the weeks following the holiday. If you still have your tree, check with your local waste hauler or your city officials as soon as possible, since the deadlines for many tree disposal programs are in early and mid-January. Make sure to remove all the decorations and the tree stand before handing the tree off. This is crucial because of the way the trees are typically recycled.

There are a number of ways to recycle and reuse Christmas trees, since they’re a great source of nourishing and biodegradable material. Many are chipped in order to produce mulch, which some programs then make available for free to home gardeners. Other areas may use it in public spaces such as parks and hiking trails.

Mulch is far from the only use for recycled Christmas trees, though. Other initiatives include erosion control, additional shelter for wildlife in their habitats, and even rebuilding sand dunes. Responsible tree disposal makes a great final holiday gift to the environment!

National Christmas Tree Association
International Business Times
City of Houston
Chicago Department of Streets & Sanitation


Does your area have a Christmas tree recycling program? How would you like to see your old trees used? Tell us in the comments.

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  • carol m. 1 month ago
    There is a Christmas tree recycling center here
  • tish A. 3 months ago
    I live in a rural area and I share mine with the animals for shelter
  • Barbara W. 3 months ago
    Been in the basement since Dec 17th 2021---till Today Feb 7th
    Funny It was July 8th ( near 4th of July) got back 0n Oct 24thish ( near Halloween)
    then Dec17th ( near Christmas) till Feb7th ( near Valentine)
    Hated to miss Christmas and New Years
  • Ruth A. 3 months ago
    I don't use a real tree, but I think our area has a place that puts them into ponds for the fish habitats.
  • Stacy M. 3 months ago
    Thank you for being able to get this site working again.
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