Where and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Colorado in after Christmas in January 2020
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
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
not 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
- 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
Thursday, and 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Friday, beginning Wednesday,
December 26th thru January 19, 2020.
Lake Arbor Lake Park at 6400
Pomona Drive is accepting trees beginning Wednesday, December 26th
thru January 19, 2020. No restricted days or times.
Stenger Fields at
West 58th Avenue and Oak Street is accepting trees beginning Wednesday,
December 26th thru January 19, 2020. No restricted days or times.
What to Know Before you Go: 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.
- residents can recycle their Christmas trees at one
of three local drop-off sites. Drop off your Christmas tree anytime from
December 26th to January 8 for recycling at the following locations:
Please remove all nails, decorations and stands from trees prior to drop-off. Free mulch is available anytime (while supplies last) at all drop-off
locations. Please bring your own truck, bags, shovel and containers.
Call 303.739.7177 for
more information. . 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:
American Disposal Services 303.288.5279Call:
Pro Disposal* 303.791.3827Call:
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 theAurora 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
Delta County, Colorado - Delta Solid Waste Management
Authority (DSWMA) operates the recycling center for Delta County.
They recycle Christmas trees from December 26 through January 26, 2020,
Monday to Wednesday 8 am to 3 pm, Saturday 8 am to noon. For more
information call 906-786-9056, or email is
firstname.lastname@example.org. The City
of Delta may also use Delta County recycling center. They will pick
up your tree if you call and schedule to have your Christmas tree
Colorado Springs, CO
- With the assistance of El Paso County, the City of Colorado Springs,
Colorado Springs Utilities, Rocky Top Resources, and the Colorado
Springs Gazette, Colorado Springs Youth Sports will be operating a
TreeCycle event to reduce tree waste, provide free mulch and support
youth sports. For a suggested minimum donation of only $5 per tree, area
residents can drop off trees. Colorado Springs Youth Sports is a
charitable non-profit organization that operates the El Pomar Youth
Sports Park. 100% of donations received benefit area youth.
27, 2020 and December 28, 2020 and January 4, 2020 and January 5, 2020; from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM at:
Trailhead (Baptist Road & Old Denver Highway)
Falcon Trailhead (SW of
Woodmen Road & McLaughlin Road)
Cottonwood Creek Park (Dublin Blvd. &
Sky Sox Stadium (Barnes Road & Tutt Blvd.)
Ledge Ranch (Gateway Road & 30th Street)
Memorial Park (Pikes Peak
Avenue & Union Blvd.)
Additionally, trees and donations can be made
at Rocky Top Resources (1755 E. Las Vegas Street) from 7:30 AM to 5 PM weekdays and 8 AM to 4 PM Saturdays over December 26-29 and
January 2-31. Rocky Top Resources is closed on Sundays. All decorations
must be removed from trees before drop-off. Find more information at
www.TreeCycleCOS.org, www.elpasoco.com or (719) 520-7871.)
Boy Scout Troop 246 will also pick up trees
- 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 Set your tree out
for collection at your normal trash set-out location by 7 a.m. on
Friday, January 5th or by 7 a.m. on Friday, mid-January. Reclaim free
mulch made from your tree at the annual Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale in
Douglas County - Please remove all ornaments, lights,
tinsel, garland, plastic wrap, tree stands, wire, rope, nails, etc.
before bringing trees to be recycled. Live trees with artificial
snow sprayed on the branches cannot be mulched. Please check with
your local jurisdiction or newspaper during the holiday season as
Christmas trees are typically accepted at the following locations,
but are subject to change.
Drop-off dates: December 26th through January 31, Hours: Anytime. Contact Information:
Douglas County Parks at 720-733-6990. Mulch: Available on-site
while supplies last
Bayou Gulch, 4815 Fox Sparrow Road,
Challenger Regional Park, 17299 E. Lincoln Ave., Parker
Fairgrounds Regional Park, 500 Fairgrounds Drive, Castle Rock
Highland Heritage Regional Park, 9651 S. Quebec St.
Rock, Drop-off dates: December 26th through January 31, Hours: Anytime,
Mulch: Available to the public at Metzler Ranch Park while supplies
Founders Park, 4671 Enderud Blvd
Metzler Ranch Community
Park , 4175 Trail Boss Drive
Paintbrush Park, 3492 Meadows Blvd.
Highlands Ranch, Drop-off dates: Dec. 25 through January 17,
Contact Information: Highlands Ranch Metro
District at 303-791-0430; Douglas County Parks for Highland Heritage
Park (see below)
Mulch: Available on a self-serve basis on-site
while supplies last
Dad Clark Park, 3385 Asterbrook Cir.
Redstone Park, 3280 Redstone Park Cir.
Toepfer Park, 9480
Venneford Ranch Rd.
Drop-off dates: Dec. 25 through
Hours: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Contact Information: Town of
Parker at 303-840-9546
Mulch: Available on a self-serve basis
on-site while supplies last for the first week in January
Salisbury Park (East paved parking lot), 12010 S. Motsenbocker Rd.
Douglas County, Colorado - Christmas Tree Recycling
Drop-off dates: December 26th through January 31; Hours: Anytime. Contact
Information: Douglas County Parks at 720-733-6990. Please remove all
ornaments, lights, tinsel, garland, plastic wrap, tree stands, wire,
rope, nails, etc. before bringing trees to be recycled. Live trees with
artificial snow sprayed on the branches cannot be mulched. Please check
with your local jurisdiction or newspaper during the holiday season as
Christmas trees are typically accepted at the following locations, but
are subject to change.. Mulch: Available on-site while supplies last.
Tree drop-off Locations:
Bayou Gulch, 4815 Fox Sparrow Road, Parker
Challenger Regional Park, 17299 E. Lincoln Ave., Parker
Regional Park, 500 Fairgrounds Drive, Castle Rock
Regional Park, 9651 S. Quebec St.
- 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 &
January 1 and January 7 & 8 from 9 am to 5 pm.
Seven Drop-Off Locations in Colorado Springs and El Paso County
Englewood, CO Christmas Tree Recycling - Every year from
January 1 through 31, the Parks Division accepts Christmas trees for
recycling at four area parks: Bates/Logan Park (2938 S. Logan Street);
Belleview Park (5001 S. Inca Street); Centennial Park (4630 S. Decatur
Street); and Miller Field (3600 S. Elati Street). Please make sure all
decorations are removed from the tree before dropping it off.
Free Mulch Mulch is a good way to help retain the moisture in the soil.
Mulch should be a good 1-6" thick and extend to the drip line of shrubs
and small trees. The City of Englewood offers free mulch to its citizens
on a first come, first serve basis. The mulch is from Christmas trees
dropped off in January. For information, call 303-762-2520 or
- Erie, CO
- The Town of Erie is hosting their annual Christmas Tree
Recycling Program. Residents may drop off trees for recycling at Coal
Creek Park, located in Historic Downtown Erie at the intersection of
Cheesman and Kattell. The designated drop off area is located in the
north parking lot and will be clearly marked. Christmas trees will only
be accepted for recycling through Sunday, mid-January Please Note:
The Town will not accept bagged or loose leaves, tree stumps or other
yard waste or house waste. Please remove all ornaments, tinsel, string
and beads. Call
See the announcement here.
- Christmas Tree recycling is provided by the City of Golden Forestry
Division. Program details are distributed every December in the Golden
informer. The City of Golden provides a quick and easy way for you to
dispose of your Christmas trees after the ornaments and lights have come
off. Drop off your trees now through January 27 west of the intersection at
Highway 93 & Golden Gate Canyon Road. Please place your tree near the
sign posted for tree recycling. Trees must be stripped of all ornaments,
hardware, strings of lights and tinsel. This is for live trees only. The
trees will be turned into mulch, which will eventually be available for
free at the public pickup site on 11th Street, just west of the Clear
Creek History Park. For further details, contact the City of Golden
Forestry office at 303-384-8141.
Grand Junction, CO - Residents may recycle their Christmas
trees at the Mesa County Organic Materials Composting Facility (3071
Highway 50 on Orchard Mesa) starting after Christmas, Tuesday through
Saturday 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m. The Christmas trees will be processed for
compost production onsite. Residents may recycle their Christmas trees
at the Mesa County Organic Materials Composting Facility starting after
Christmas, Tuesday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more
information call (970) 263-9319, or go online at
under The County Connection Janet.
Greeley, CO - Greeley Organic Waste (GROW) Center Christmas Tree
Recycling- Phone: 970-673-2042. Through the end of January, Greeley
residents are encouraged to recycle their Christmas trees at the Greeley
Organic Waste (GROW) Center, free of charge. Residents may dispose of
one tree per trip to the site, located at 1130 E 8th Street. Please be
sure to remove all decorations, lights, and wiring. Wreaths will not be
accepted. GROW Center hours of operation are Tuesday to Saturday from 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: 1130 E 8th St, Greeley, Colorado 80631. Directions:
Located one mile east of Highway 85 on East 8th Street. There will be a
$5.00 fee for any tree recycled after January 31.
Gunnison, CO - The town of Gunnison picks up Christmas
trees for town residents in January. Place your tree in the alley for
pick up. County residents may drop off their Christmas trees at the Tree
Dump. The Tree Dump is located on County Road 51. Place the trees off to
the side of the gate. Please make sure the trees do not block of the
gate. For more information call 970-641-8020. Please remove Christmas
lights, wires, string, and ornaments from the tree. If transporting the
tree in a bag, please remove the tree from the bag before dropping it
Highlands Ranch, Colorado - Drop-off dates: Dec. 25 through
mid January. Hours: Anytime. Contact Information: Highlands Ranch Metro
District at 303-791-0430; Douglas County Parks for Highland Heritage
Park (see below). Mulch: Available on a self-serve basis on-site while
supplies last. Tree drop-off Locations:
Dad Clark Park, 3385
Highland Heritage Regional Park, 9651 S. Quebec St.
(Contact Douglas County Parks at 720-733-6990 for this site)
Park, 3280 Redstone Park Cir.
Toepfer Park, 9480 Venneford Ranch Rd.
- The Lafayette City Service Center will accept Christmas trees for
drop-off recycling during the following dates and times;
City Service Center, 1700 Avalon Ave, Lafayette, CO 80026. Monday thru
Friday ONLY December 26th through January 31, 2020 from 6 am to 2:30pm. (The Service Center will be closed on January 1st for New
Years Day and on the MLK Holiday. ONE Saturday drop off will
be available: on January 18, 2020 from 9 am to 1 pm.
Please be aware this is for
Christmas trees ONLY. Trees must be free of all wire, lights, rope,
ornaments, and tinsel. PLEASE no flocked trees. Branches, leaves, or
other yard waste will not be accepted. The Service Center will be CLOSED
for drop-offs on New Years Day, and in observance of the
Martin Luther King holiday.
Lakewood, CO - Tree recycling from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
December 26th, through Sunday, January 12, 2020. Tree drop-off will take place at
Lakewood's Greenhouse, 9556 W. Yale Ave. The greenhouse is located
between Estes and old Kipling streets. Please follow posted signs and
drop trees in the designated area. Tree recycling is free for Lakewood
residents, and trees dropped off for recycling must be free of all wire,
ornaments, nails and tinsel. This service handles Christmas trees from
residents only; wreaths, garland and trees from private contractors will
not be accepted. Mulch will be available upon request. For more
information, please call 720-963-5240.
- Larimer County and Fort Collins, CO - These drop-off ocations are free of charge
from December 26th through January 26, 2020, open daily during daylight hours.
The City of Fort Collins and Larimer County will host their annual
Christmas tree recycling program December 26 through January 26, 2020. This program is free to residents; however, all decorations must be completely
removed from trees prior to drop-off. This includes lights, ornaments, tinsel, wire, hooks, nails, plastic bags, and fake snow. Recycled trees will be
repurposed and used for landscaping application in the spring, so wood mulch produced from these trees must be contamination-free.No wreaths or
artificial trees will be accepted. Check with thrift stores to donate any artificial trees in good condition. The City of Fort Collins offers tree
recycling FREE OF CHARGE December 26th to January 20, 2020 at the following locations:
Edora Park, 1420 E. Stuart St. (tennis court parking lot)
Rolland Moore Park, 2201 S. Shields St. (southeast corner of parking lot)
City Streets Facility, 625 Ninth St. (southwest corner of Vine and Lemay)
Fossil Creek Park, 5821 S. Lemay Ave (enter on Lemay Ave.)
Larimer County Landfill, 5887 S. Taft Hill Rd.
Wellington Recycling Drop-off (Town
Garage, corner of 6th and Grant)
Options for recycling Christmas tree after
January 21 are available at the following locations (residents should
anticipate being charged a recycling fee):
Larimer County Green Waste
program, 5887 S. Taft Hill Road - (Monday - Saturday, 8 a.m. - 4:30
Timberline Recycling Center 1903 S. Taft Hill Road in the
Hard-to-Recycle-Materials Yard (Tuesday - Saturday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
- From from December 26 thru mid-January 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.
or call 303-651-8416.
Longmont Christmas Tree Recycling Christmas Tree Disposal will be at
four satellite locations this year until January 5, 2020. These are:
Roosevelt Park; you
will find it in the parking lot south of 8th Avenue
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. In addition,
you can recycle your Christmas tree at the Waste Diversion Center. Most trees collected are taken to the Waste Diversion Center and ground into mulch available to
residents. A small number of the trees will be placed in lakes within
City parks and nature areas to create fish habitats.
Christmas Tree Recycling - Littleton and South Suburban Parks and
Recreation will again be collecting and mulching Christmas trees from
December 26 thru mid January. The Littleton collection site is located
at Cornerstone Park at the southeast corner of W. Belleview Avenue and
S. 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 S. Holly Street in Centennial. 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 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 also provides free
wood mulch throughout the year for pickup by city residents.Call 303-335-4735
for more info.
- Recycling Christmas Trees at Three Convenient Drop-off
1. South side: Centennial Park - W. First and Taft Avenue (in the parking lot north of First Street, east of Swift Field).
2. North side:
Kroh Park - North Highway 287 and 52nd Street (adjacent to the Habitat for Humanity location).
3. West side: Loveland Recycling Center - off First
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
The Recycle Center is CLOSED on Mondays, on Christmas, December 25th and New Years Day,
Regular hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 7:30 a.m. -
Drop-off sites are open daily from sun-up until sun-down between December 21, 2019 and January 31st. 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.
Montrose, CO - A month after the holidays, the city of
Montrose picks up trees at curbside for recycling. Please call 240-1480
after Christmas to schedule your tree's pick-up. Tree mulch is available
free to the public. remove Christmas lights, wires, string, and
ornaments from the tree. If transporting the tree in a bag, please
remove the tree from the bag before dropping it off.
Norwood, CO - A Christmas tree recycling program is not
currently available. Residents are encouraged to contact Bruin Waste
Management, 970-864-7531, if interested in having one started. remove
Christmas lights, wires, string, and ornaments from the tree. If
transporting the tree in a bag, please remove the tree from the bag
before dropping it off.
Paonia, CO - Paonia residents may use the Delta County
recycling center at the DSWMA facility listed above. They will pick up
your tree if you call and schedule to have your Christmas tree picked
up. Please remove Christmas lights, wires, string, and ornaments from
the tree. If transporting the tree in a bag, please remove the tree from
the bag before dropping it off.
Parker, CO - Drop-off dates: Dec. 25 through
Hours: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.. Contact Information: Town of Parker at
Mulch: Available on a self-serve basis on-site while
supplies last for the first week in January.
Regional Park, 17299 E. Lincoln Ave., Parker
Salisbury Park (East paved parking lot), 12010
S. Motsenbocker Rd.
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 4, 2020. 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.
- from December 26th to Sunday, January 19, 2020 from 12 pm to
11:30 pm. City Park Fitness Center Residents may recycle their Christmas
trees at the lower parking lot of City Park Fitness Center. This lot is
self-serve, so the hours are flexible. Please remove ornaments and
plastic bag before disposal. Boy Scout Troop 484 provides curbside
pickup on Saturday, Dec. 29 and Saturday, January 4, 2020as their annual
fundraiser. Call 303-706-3389 to schedule a tree pickup if you would
like to support the Boy Scouts. The trees are
recycled into mulch for use by residents and city crews. Information:
303-658-2191 or 303-658-2201