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 not specifically mentioned below, contact your trash collection agency and inquire!
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- Holiday trees (as the District of Columbia government is calling
Christmas Trees...) and wreaths will be collected from the curb in front of your
home between January 14 to February 2nd. They will be
composted. Residents in DPW-serviced households should place their
trees and greenery where their trash and recyclables are normally
collected. Trees and greenery collected during these three weeks
(and those brought to the Fort Totten and Benning Road transfer
stations) will be composted and made available to residents for
free. Please remove all ornaments and lights; do not put trees and
greenery in a bag. After February 2, place holiday trees and
greenery where your trash is collected. They will be picked up with
your trash as space in our trucks permits. Unfortunately, trees and
greenery collected after February 2 will not be composted.
As a reminder, apartment and condominium buildings with four or more units are required to provide their tenants with solid waste collections (this includes leaves and holiday trees/greenery).
Please do not put the trees in plastic or cloth bags. Trees collected through February 2 (and those brought to the Fort Totten and Benning Road transfer stations) will be chipped and composted. Any trees not collected by February 2 will be picked up as space in the trash trucks allow over the following weeks.
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