Where and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Illinois in after Christmas in 2018 and January 2019
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!
See this page for local options to easily recycle your Christmas holiday lights
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Illinois: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays
Illinois (out side of the Chicago area) Christmas Tree Recycling
For Chicago, click here
Areas outside of Chicago
Christmas Tree Recycling. You can drop trees off at the following
Advanced Disposal (Veolia)
Transfer Station, 766 Hunter Drive (corner of Hubbard &
Hunter), Batavia, IL, 60510. Phone: 630-879-3587. Hours:
Monday to Friday 6am to 5 pm
, Sat 6 am-10am. Please remove all decorations, tinsel,
lights, etc. Cost: $15. Note: Special Saturday drop-off, 6 am-10am,
$25 for a load of mixed material, equivalent to a pick-up truck
level bed full, can include a tree for no extra cost.
Midwest Compost; 1320 Spaulding Rd.
in Elgin, IL, 60120. Phone: 847-931-2900. Hours: Monday to
Friday, 7 am-4pm.
Please remove all decorations, tinsel, lights, and plastic bags used
for transporting. Closed Christmas and New Year's day. Cost: $10.
- Groot will collect Christmas trees at no charge on your normal
collection day throughout the month of January. In order for a tree
to be collected, it must be placed at the curb or the end of your
driveway by 7:00 a.m. on your scheduled collection day. All lights
and decorations must be removed. Trees should not be placed in
plastic bags, and any trees over six (6) feet tall should be cut in
half so one person can handle them. Also, trees should be placed on
top of the snow. Trees buried under snow could result in Groot not
collecting them. Please contact Groot Customer Service at
1-800-244-1977 with any refuse or recycling inquiries.
- Beginning Monday, January 7, Christmas trees will be picked up for free
during weekly trash and recycling collection. For two weeks from
Monday, January 7 through Friday, January 18, no sticker is required
for collection. To be properly recycled, trees must be free of
plastic bags, all decorations (including tinsel) and tree stands,
and be placed at the curb by 6 a.m. on the normal collection day.
Please note that due to the wire used to form them, wreaths and
garlands will not be collected as recycling and must be stickered as
trash. After Friday, January 18, trees left at the curb on regular
collection day must be stickered in order to be collected. .If you have any questions, please contact our office at
Aurora Township Highway Department will be initiating a Christmas tree and
wreath pick up service this year for unincorporated Aurora Township residents
only. Christmas Tree Recycling beginning January 3rd. The undecorated tree and
wreath pick up will be Weather permitting. No bags or plastic
of any kind and please put the cut end toward the street.
Additionally, the ATHD will accept Christmas tree and wreath drop
offs (no bags or plastic) from any Aurora Township resident at our
facility at 220 Butterfield Road. The drop off times are weekdays, 8 am until 3 pm, between January 3 and January 9. If you have any
questions, please contact our office at 630-892-0246..
- Live Christmas
trees will be picked up on residents' regular collection dates. Tree removal is
free on the dates specified on their website only. Advanced Disposal will
be picking up live Christmas trees on residents' regular collection
dates. Residents do not have to use a sticker for Christmas tree
removal on these dates only. After these dates, residents should
attach a refuse sticker to the tree and place it at the curb on
their regular collection date. All materials such as plastic bags,
ornaments, lights, nails, etc. should be removed from the trees.
Live wreaths and garland should be placed in your regular refuse.
Please use the following schedule:
South Side (Wilson to the
south between Kirk/Randall): Thurs., Jan. 3 and Wed., Jan. 9
North Side (north of Wilson to Fabyan between Kirk/Randall):
Fri., Jan. 4 and Thurs., Jan. 10
Far West Side (Randall west to
City limits): Sat., Jan. 5 and Fri., Jan. 11).
- Bloomington -
Christmas trees can be placed at the curb for collection. Trees must
have all lights, ornaments, tree stands and bags removed. Trees will
be collected from residential properties only. If you have any
questions, please contact the Public Works office at 434-2225 or by
firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also visit our City's webpage.
- Christmas Tree Recycling and Collection Program.
The City of Champaign offers two convenient options to recycle your
Christmas/Holiday tree in January.
Free Collection: City
residents must place their tree within four feet of the curb by 6
a.m. on Monday, January 7, 2019, for collection. Collected trees are
chipped and made into garden mulch. Trees with stands, decorations,
tinsel, lights, artificial snow/frost, plastic bags, or any other
materials that makes the trees non-recyclable will not be collected.
PLEASE NOTE THAT HOLIDAY TREES WILL NOT BE COLLECTED BY ZONE. All
trees must be placed on the curb for pickup by 6 a.m. on Monday,
January 7. Free Disposal: Residents may take trees to the Landscape
Recycling Center at 1210 E. University Avenue in Urbana during the
months of January and February for free disposal. Call 217-344-5323 for hours and details.
- Dundee Township - Dundee
Township Highway Commission recycles trees. Bring your tree (all decorations
removed) to the Township Garage at 1900 Sleepy Hollow Road (at Rt 72) December
25th through January 14th. The trees can be dropped off anytime. There are signs
showing where to drop them off. We do not pick up any trees and the trees have
to have all decorations removed. Call Highway Commissioner Larry Braasch at
847-426-0898 for more information.
greenery must have all tinsel, ornaments, lights and nails removed before being
placed out at the curb for pick-up and cannot be placed in plastic bags. Holiday
greenery collection is FREE the FIRST TWO WEEKS in January.
City of Elgin
Christmas Trees will be collected free of charge December 26 through January 11
from all residential households. Stickers are not required for Christmas trees
during this period.All decorations, stands, etc. must be removed from trees in order to be
collected. Do not place trees in plastic bags. Trees in plastic bags will not be
collected. After January 11, each Christmas Tree will require one visibly
affixed refuse sticker to be collected.Yard waste collection services (except Christmas Trees), are not provided to
condominium and townhome units.
- The Public Works Department has scheduled a citywide collection of
discarded live Christmas trees for a two-week period in January
2019. Live Christmas trees will be collected Jan. 4 & 5 and Jan. 10
& 11, 2019 by the City's refuse collection company. No refuse
sticker will be required during this period. They will also be
picking up Jan. 17 & 18, 2019, BUT WILL REQUIRE A REFUSE STICKER.
All live Christmas trees will be collected at the curb on your
SCHEDULED REFUSE COLLECTION DAY. Residents must place the tree at
the edge of pavement or near the curb for collection no later than 7
a.m. on their scheduled refuse collection dayPlease remove all hard
materials, ornaments, nails, stands, etc. from the trees. NO REFUSE
STICKER WILL BE REQUIRED FOR THIS SERVICE. All wreaths and roping
must be placed out with normal trash on your scheduled refuse
- Gilberts - The Village of
Gilberts' Waste Hauler (MDC) shall pickup discarded Christmas trees place on the
curbside on the resident's normal pickup day after the Christmas holidays until
- Kane County -
- Maple Park - Christmas trees
will be picked up on the resident's service day beginning after December 25th.
Pickup will continue through the month of January. Trees must be free of all
decorations. Trees must not be in plastic bags. Trees over 7 feet must be cut in
McHenry County, Illinois - Open to all McHenry County residents. For
details please call 815-338-1060. For additional information, please
1. McHenry County
from December 26 - January 15 at
these 3 Drop-off Sites:
Glacial Park, Ringwood, IL (off Harts
Rush Creek, Harvard, IL (at Twin Oaks Parking Area west of
Algonquin Township Headquarters (3702 U.S. Hwy. 14, Crystal
For details please call 815-338-6223
Algonquin Township residents:
Algonquin Township Road District
U.S. Hwy. 14, Crystal Lake, IL
December 26 - January 31
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
For details please call
847-639-2700, ext. 6
Open to Dorr Township residents:
3. Dorr Township Road District
12322 Davis Road, Woodstock, IL
December 26 - January 31
Monday through Friday during business hours 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Allied Waste
will collect Christmas trees during the first and second full week of January
. Trees must be free of
plastic bags, all decorations (including tinsel) and tree stands, and be placed
at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on your normal collection day. No stickers are
- Live Christmas tree collection takes place the first two weeks of
January each year (well, Dec 31 and Jan 7, 2019 this year). Trees
should be placed at the curb for pickup on your normal garbage
collection day and be free of tinsel, decorations, lights, etc. No
yard waste sticker is required for this service in January 2018;
however, yard waste stickers will be required to dispose of your
tree at the curb in January 2019. Instructions and information
around this change will be made available in the fall.
Peoria, Illinois - The City of Peoria encourages residents to recycle
Christmas trees. Remember to remove tree stands, decorations, hooks,
and lights. Artificial trees will not be accepted. Please do not
drop off your tree at city parks, vacant lots, or leave trees on the
curbside. Live trees will be accepted at the locations below from
December 26, 2018 to January 2, 2019 at these locations:
Sports Complex - 16101 N. 83rd Ave (entrance off Paradise Lane)
Wal-Mart - 7975 W. Peoria Ave.
Wal-Mart - 21655 N. Lake Pleasant
Sunrise Mountain Library - 21109 N. 98th Ave (west side of
Home Depot - 9201 W. Peoria Ave.
Home Depot -
25650 N. Lake Pleasant Rd.
Lowe's - 8947 W. Thunderbird Rd.
Lowe's - 25311 N. Lake Pleasant Rd.
Rockford Illinois Area
- See this page for a listing of
Christmas tree drop off locations from Keep Northern Illinois
Beautiful, which has arranged 13 collection sites in Winnebago
County for you to drop off your tree from January 1 - 15. Site times
may vary. Parks are generally open dawn-dusk. Wreaths are not
accepted due to wire frames. Drop-off Trees January 1 thru 15. Mulch
available while it lasts, until cleared - by March 1st
The trees will be chipped beginning on January 15th and the mulch
produced is free for residents to take (please bring your container)
through the end of February or until the supply is depleted.
Christmas Tree Recycling conserves landfill space, returns nutrients
to the earth, beautifies landscapes and provides free mulch for
- South Elgin - Allied
Waste/Republic Services will pick up Christmas trees through January 17th on
normally scheduled refuse days. All decorations should be removed before placing
the tree at curbside.
- Springfield, IL - Department of Public Works
crews will collect natural fir and evergreen trees for two weeks
starting Jan. 2 through Jan. 13. Residents are encouraged to put the
trees on the curb by 7 a.m. on Jan. 2. They should not be put in the
way of traffic. There are other rules to follow: No flocking,
ornaments, tinsel or other decorations can be on the trees. Wooden
tree stands must be removed, and garlands and wreaths with wire
won't be accepted. Residents also can drop off trees and branches
from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the public works
facility, 301 N. 17th St.
The City of Springfield Yardwaste
Recycling Center (YRC) takes residential Christmas trees, wreaths,
garlands and other live decorations for no charge between December
26 and January 31, 2019. The trees are ground into wood chip
mulch that can be purchased at the YRC and Lone Pine recycling
centers. Remove tree stands, decorations, wiring and twine. No
flocked trees are accepted. Questions call the City's Recycling
Hotline at 864-1904.
Yardwaste Recycling Center, 3790 South Farm
Road 119, Brookline.
Lone Pine recycling Center, 3020 South Lone
Pine Avenue, Springfield.
Christmas trees will be picked up during the first two full weeks of
January. Trees will be picked up on BOTH sides of
the river on the regular scheduled refuse day. After this two-week
period, a sticker will be required. Trees are NOT to be placed in
disposal bags. Residents should note that all decorations, including
tinsel, must be removed. For more information, contact the Public
Works Department at 630-377-4405 or
- Pingree Grove/ Flood Brothers -
Christmas Trees will be collected for the first three weeks of January at no
charge. During this free three week collection period, trees must be free of all
decorations and cannot be in plastic bags. After the three week collection
period, Christmas trees will be considered a Bulk Item. (Bulk items will be
collected at no extra cost up to seven items each calendar year. Charge after
allowed seven will be $8.60 per item)
- January each year. The City of Urbana will provide holiday tree collection to
all residents for 1 week this holiday season: The City of Urbana
will provide Christmas tree collection to all residents for one week
this holiday season:
January 7 - 11, 2019. Residents must follow
Place tree along curb (on the parkway) by
6:00 a.m. on your regular U-Cycle collection day
decorations, lights, tree bags and stands from tree before
Trees that are flocked or have tinsel are not
accepted! No artificial trees accepted.
Trees may be taken to
the Landscape Recycling Center at 1210 E. University Ave., Urbana,
for FREE recycling
Trees may also be taken to the Landscape
Recycling Center located at 1210 E. University Ave, Urbana, for FREE
recycling. The Landscape Recycling Center may be contacted at (217)
Questions? Please call (217) 384-2416
email@example.com. (217) 384-2416
- Free curbside Christmas tree collections are available along with
regular refuse collection during the first two full weeks in January
each year, for residential properties with no more than 3 units.
Trees must be stripped of all decorations and placed at the curb
with the cut end facing the street. Trees do not have to be cut up,
bundled or placed in yard waste bags. Trees/greenery in plastic
bags, wrapped in plastic or covered with artificial snow cannot be
accepted. Garlands and wreaths must be disassembled, and the organic
portion placed in a yard waste bag. If you live in a building with
more than three units, contact your building owner or refuse hauler
regarding the disposal of your tree, or recycle it with the Dundee
Township Highway Dept..
- Christmas Tree Recycling. Check with your municipality to see if
trees are collected curbside for recycling and composting.
- Winnebago County -
13 collection sites in Winnebago County for you to drop off your
tree from January 1 - 15. Site times may vary. Parks are generally
open dawn-dusk. Wreaths are not accepted due to wire frames.
Drop-off Trees January 1 thru 15. Mulch available while it lasts,
until cleared - by March 1st
Click here for locations, updated information and more details.