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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 Thursday, and 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Friday, beginning Tuesday, December 26, 2017 thru January 22, 2018.
    Lake Arbor Lake Park at 6400 Pomona Drive is accepting trees beginning Tuesday, December 26, 2017 thru January 22, 2018. No restricted days or times.
    Stenger Fields at West 58th Avenue and Oak Street is accepting trees beginning Tuesday, December 26, 2017 thru January 22, 2018. 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.
  • Aurora - residents can recycle their Christmas trees at one of three local drop-off sites. Drop off your Christmas tree anytime from Dec. 26 to Jan. 8 for recycling at the following locations:
    Del Mar Park, East Sixth Avenue and Peoria Street (west parking lot)
    Olympic Park, 15501 E. Yale Ave. (east of Chambers Road)
    Saddle Rock Golf Course, 21705 E. Arapahoe Road
    Please remove all nails, decorations and stands from tree. Free tree mulch will 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. Call 303.739.7177 for more information. 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 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 available. 303-444-2037.
  • 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, Monday to Wednesday 8 am- 3 pm, Saturday 8am-noon. For more information call 906-786-9056, or email is dswma1@hughes.net. 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 picked up.
  • 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. Trees and donations will be accepted at the following locations from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM on December 30 & 31 and January 6 and 7 (2018):
    Baptist Road Trailhead (Baptist Road & Old Denver Highway)
    Falcon Trailhead (SW of Woodmen Road & McLaughlin Road)
    Cottonwood Creek Park (Dublin Blvd. & Montarbor Drive)
    Sky Sox Stadium (Barnes Road & Tutt Blvd.)
    Rock 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 5:00 PM weekdays and 8:00 AM to 4:00 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 .
  • Denver, Colorado - 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 May.
  • Douglas County, Colorado - Christmas Tree Recycling Drop-off dates: Dec. 26 through Jan. 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
    Fairgrounds Regional Park, 500 Fairgrounds Drive, Castle Rock
    Highland Heritage 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 & Jan. 1 and January 7 & 8 from 9:00am to 5:00pm. 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 303-762-2523.
  • 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 303-926-2887. See the announcement here.
  • Golden, Colorado - 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 Jan. 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 http://www.mesacounty.us/search/Default.aspx?q=recycling+christmas+tree 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-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
  • 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 off. C
  • 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 Asterbrook Cir.
    Highland Heritage Regional Park, 9651 S. Quebec St. (Contact Douglas County Parks at 720-733-6990 for this site)
    Redstone Park, 3280 Redstone Park Cir.
    Toepfer Park, 9480 Venneford Ranch Rd.
  • Lafayette, CO - The Lafayette City Service Center will accept Christmas trees for drop-off recycling during the following dates and times;
    Lafayette City Service Center, 1700 Avalon Ave, Lafayette, CO 80026. Monday thru Friday ONLY December 26th through Groundhogs Day (Feb 2nd) from 6:00am 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: 1/27/18 from 9:00am-1:00pm.
    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 1/1/17 New Years Day, and 1/15/18 in observance of the Martin Luther King holiday.
  • Lakewood, CO - Tree recycling from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 26, through Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. 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.
  • 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.
  • Longmont, CO - See http://ecocycle.org/yourcommunity/longmont or call 303-651-8416. Longmont Christmas Tree Recycling Christmas Tree Disposal will be at four satellite locations this year until January 7th. 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. 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.
  • Louisville, CO - 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Jan. 29; 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.
    Tree drop-off Locations:
    Challenger Regional Park, 17299 E. Lincoln Ave., Parker
    Salisbury Park (East paved parking lot), 12010 S. Motsenbocker Rd.
  • 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: OOn 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.