How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas TreesWhere and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Colorado in January 2018

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

  • Arvada, CO - Has 3 drop-sites for residents to recycle Christmas trees free of charge.
    The City Parks Maintenance Shop at 7800 W. 62nd Avenue is accepting trees 7 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning Tuesday, December 27, 2016 thru January 20, 2017.
    Lake Arbor Lake Park at 6400 Pomona Drive is accepting trees beginning Monday, December 26, 2016 thru January 22, 2017. No restricted days or times.
    Lutz Sports Complex at West 58th Avenue and Miller Street is accepting trees beginning Monday, December 26, 2016 thru January 22, 2017. No restricted days or times.
    Please do not drop off branches or trees downed by the Christmas wind storm. Please make sure the tree is free of nails, wire and all decorations to ensure safety of City staff handling the trees.  We do not accept garlands, wreaths, or yard waste. Business or commercial use not permitted. The mulch will be available free of charge at all drop-site locations. Residents will be responsible for loading and hauling of mulch. For more information on the Christmas tree mulching program or how to use mulch in your landscape, call the Parks Department at 720-898-7410.
  • Aurora - residents can recycle their Christmas trees at one of three local drop-off sites. Trees can be dropped off anytime from Dec. 26 through Jan. 9 at the following locations: - Del Mar Park, 12000 E. Sixth Ave. (at Peoria Street in the west parking lot) - Olympic Park, 15501 E. Yale Ave. (east of Chambers Road) - Saddle Rock Golf Course, 21705 E. Arapahoe Road (west of 470) All nails, decorations and stands must be removed from trees before drop off. Recycling is for real trees only, artificial trees will not be accepted. Free mulch will also be available at the tree drop-off locations starting at Dec. 30 until Jan. 9 or while supplies last. Bring a truck, bags, containers and shovels for self-loading. Some homeowner’s associations have green waste services provided that include curbside pickup of Christmas trees. For an additional fee, these companies may also pick up trees from households not in a homeowner’s association. Contact your trash removal provider for details:
    Lies Waste Systems 303.286.6700Call: 303-286-6700
    American Disposal Services 303.288.5279Call: 303-288-5279
    Republic Services
    303.286.1200Call: 303-286-1200
    Waste Management
    303.797.1600Call: 303-797-1600
    Garbage Man* 720.842.4558Call: 720-222-0692
    Pro Disposal* 303.791.3827Call: 303-791-3827
     For more information about Christmas tree recycling in the city of Aurora, contact the Forestry Division at 303.739.7177. You can also check for updates on the Aurora Parks, Recreation & Open Space Department’s Facebook page.
  • Boulder County/City of Boulder - You can drop off your tree atthe Yard Waste and Wood Drop-off Center
    or, Curbside collection also available. 303-444-2037.
  • Colorado Springs, CO - Dates: December 31, January 1, January 7, & January 8. For extended drop off use Rocky Top Resources (see below)
    Baptist Rd. Trailhead (Baptist Rd & Old Denvery Hwy), Falcon Trailhead (SW corner of Woodmen Rd & McLaughlin Rd), Cottonwood Creek Park (Dublin & Montarbor Dr), Skysox Stadium (Barnes & Tutt), Rock Ledge Ranch (Gateway Rd & 30th St.), Memorial Park (Pikes Peak Ave & Union Blvd), Rocky Top Resources (1755 E. Las Vegas St.) Info: $5.00 per tree. Please remove all tinsel, ornaments, lights, stands, and other foreign material prior to recycling. The fee supports the recycling program and community sports programs. Trees are chipped into mulch and is free to the public at the drop off sites (bring your own tools for loading mulch) Boy Scout Troop 246 will also pick up trees .
  • Denver, Colrado - Treecycle collections in Denver usually run the first two weeks of January. Get more information click here . Remove all tinsel, lights, decorations, tree stands and plastic bags from Christmas trees prior to collection. Please ensure trees do not become stuck or frozen in snow bank  Special Instructions.
  • El Paso County - TreeCycle Recycle Your Christmas Tree. Trees will be ground into mulch at all locations and given away free (bring your own tools to load your vehicle with the mulch). Equipment-loaded mulch available at Rocky Top Resources only. $5.00 100% of suggested minimum donation supports community youth sports programs 2 Weekends: Dec. 31 & Jan. 1 and January 7 & 8 from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Seven Drop-Off Locations in Colorado Springs and El Paso County
  • Erie, CO - Call 303-926-2887.
  • Golden, Colorado - Christmas Tree recycling is provided by the City of Golden Forestry Division. Program details are distributed every December in the Golden informer. Dates and locations published every December in the "Golden Informer." Contact the City Forrester at (303) 384-8141 with additional questions.
  • Lafayette, CO - Call 303-661-1306
  • Littleton, CO - From  from December 26 thru January 16 you may take your tree to the Littleton collection site, located at Cornerstone Park at the southeast corner of West Belleview Avenue and South Windermere Street. Access to the site is off of Windermere Street just south of Belleview, with the drop site in the parking lot adjacent to the soccer fields. South Suburban will collect trees at its Willow Springs Service Center (WSSC), 7100 South Holly Street in Centennial. Look for the designated enclosure by the front gate. Both sites are open everyday during daylight hours. All lights, ornaments, nails, and plastic bags must be removed prior to dropping off trees. This drop off site is for natural Christmas trees only. Do not drop off flocked trees, artificial trees, leaves, branches or other refuse. The trees will be ground into mulch, which will be available free to the public at the sites for as long as the supply lasts. The city’s grounds maintenance division also provides free wood mulch throughout the year. The mulch pile is located on the northwest corner of South Prescott Street and West Prentice Avenue. The site is open to the public during day light hours and the mulch supply is replenished regularly. Residents are responsible for loading so bring bags, trash cans and a shovel or pitchfork. For information call 303-795-3863.
  • Louisville, CO - Call 303-335-4735
  • Longmont, CO - See or call 303-651-8416. Longmont Christmas Tree Recycling Christmas Tree Disposal will be at four satellite locations this year. These are:
    Roosevelt Park; you will find it in the parking lot south of 8th Avenue
    Garden Acres Baseball Park on the west side of parking lot off 18th Avenue
    Kanemoto Park in the parking lot off of South Pratt Parkway
    Centennial Park, use the east parking lot off of Alpine Street
    Additionally, Longmont residents can recycle holiday lights, Styrofoam and holiday wrapping paper at the Waste Diversion Facility.
  • Loveland, CO - Recycling Christmas Trees at Three Convenient Drop-off Sites:
    1. The Southern Site is Centennial Park located at West 1st and Taft Avenue (in the parking lot north of First Street, just west of Swift Field)
    2. The Western Site is at the Loveland Recycling Center (off of 1st Street & Wilson Avenue) Residents must provide a current Yard Waste Debris Permit in order to dispose of their Christmas tree for free at the Recycling Center. Please note that the Recycle Center is CLOSED on Mondays, and for the holidays of 12/25 & 1/1. Regular hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. This location does not benefit the mulch program for Parks & Recreation...(site is listed as a courtesy for residents who want to drop off their trees or branches without donating to mulch in parks)
    3. The Northern Site is Kroh Park located at North Highway 287 and 52nd Street (adjacent to the Habitat for Humanity location). This service is FREE of charge to the public and open daily from sun-up until sun-down between December 21st, 2015 and January 21st, 2016. Signs will direct participants to appropriate drop-off areas.
    Please remove all ornaments, tinsel, lights, nails, screws, wire, tree stands and bags before dropping your tree.
    Christmas tree recycling at the two parks locations provides mulch for trees and planter beds in the City parks. Last year, more than 5,000 Christmas trees were chipped and recycled into 500+ cubic yards of mulch. For additional information on the Recycling Center drop-off location, please call: (970) 962-2529. You may also direct questions about the two parks locations to the Parks & Recreation Administration Office at: (970) 962-2727.
  • Superior, CO - TREE PICK UP REGISTRATION or Call 303-499-3675. Boy Scout Troop 278 will be holding their annual fundraiser in which the boys take your live Christmas trees to ChristmasTree_Recyclethe recycling center on January 7, 2017. Tree pick up starts at 8:30 am. Please remove all decorations, tinsel and ornamentation. Donations may be left in an envelope attached to the tree or front door.
  • Westminster, CO - Christmas Tree Recycling Drop Off from Dec. 24 through Jan. 22, City Park Fitness Center, 10475 Sheridan Blvd., lower parking lot. Westminster Open Space Division offers a Christmas tree recycling program. Bare Christmas trees (please remove plastic bags, tree stands and all decorations) may be dropped off. The trees are recycled into mulch for use by residents and city crews. Information: 303-658-2191 or 303-658-2201
    Or Pick Up Service: On Dec. 31 and Jan. 7 - Boy Scout Troop 484 provides curb-side pickup as their annual fundraiser. Call 303-706-3389 to schedule a tree pickup.