Christmas Trees

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Once the shreds of wrapping paper have been discarded and the left-overs of holiday feasts have been consumed, the focus turns to getting rid of the Christmas tree. Please, DO NOT throw your Real Christmas Tree in the trash! Real Christmas Trees are biodegradable, which means they can be easily reused or recycled for mulch and other purposes. Here are some recycling options and tips on what to do with your tree after the holidays.

2017-2018 Christmas tree drop-off and collection information will be posted HERE by December 15, 2017.  Please visit at that time for more information.

Other Recycling Options

Soil erosion barriers

Some communities use Christmas trees to make effective sand and soil erosion barriers, especially for lake and river shoreline stabilization and river delta sedimentation management. Christmas trees even helped the sand dunes in New Jersey recover from Hurricane Sandy!

Fish feeders

Sunk into private fish ponds, trees make an excellent refuge and feeding area for fish.

Bird feeders

Place the Christmas tree in the garden or backyard and use it as a bird feeder and sanctuary. Fresh orange slices or strung popcorn will attract the birds and they can sit in the branches for shelter. (Make sure all decorations, hooks, garland and tinsel strands are removed). Eventually (within a year) the branches will become brittle and you can break the tree apart by hand or chip it in a chipper. See this article from Perdue University for more information.


A Christmas tree is biodegradable; its branches may be removed, chipped, and used as mulch in the garden. If you have a neighbor with a chipper, see if he will chip it for you.

Living, rooted trees

Of course, next year, you could get a rooted (ball and burlap or containerized) tree and then plant it in your yard after Christmas. (It’s a good idea to pre-dig the hole in the late fall while the soil is still soft, then plant the tree into that hole immediately after Christmas.) Living trees have a better survival rate in mild climates.

Did you know? Holiday Lights can be recycled too!

Holiday lights can be dropped off at NO CHARGE at the Environmental Center and Douglas Kugler Eco-Site.