How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas TreesWhere and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Nebraska 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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Nebraska: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays

  • Beatrice, Nebraska
    Recycle Your Christmas Tree! Christmas Trees may be recycled between December 26 and January 31 of each year at the fenced in location at 1 st & Ella. Please remove ornaments, wooden stands and plastic bags.
    Each year, citizens of Beatrice and Gage County recycle approximately 500 trees. The trees are chipped and used as mulch for trees located in the City parks.
  • LaVista, Nebraska
    Click here for a map of the Christmas Tree Recycling Locations.
    The City of La Vista has two tree recycling locations:
    La Vista Soccer Complex parking lot
    Kelly West parking lot
    These sites will be open December 27 through January 16 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
    Trees collected will be chipped into mulch, which is available to residents free of charge.
  • Lincoln, NE
    Open Christmas Day to January 11th. Take your tree to one of seven Christmas tree recycling sites in Lincoln prior to January 11. Christmas tree wood chip mulch can be obtained at no charge at Hofeling Enterprises Inc., 2200 Folsom Court, on a first come first serve basis. Recycling your Christmas tree will save space in Lincoln's landfill.
    Recycling Reminders: At the site, remove plastic bags and put them in nearby trash cans.
    Make sure all nails, wires and tree stands are removed.
    For more information call 402-441-7847
    North
    Ballard Park
    (3901 N. 66th Street)
    Oak Lake Park
    (South of Cornhusker Hwy. 3 blocks on 1st Street)
    University Place Park
    (50th & Garland)
    South
    Holmes Lake Park
    (parking lot west of north softball field)
    Hofeling Enterprises
    (2200 S. Folsom Court)
    Tierra Park
    (29th & Tierra Drive)
    Woods Park
    (31st and 'J' Street, SE corner of lot)
  • Omaha, Nebraska
    Christmas trees must be prepared according to the yardwaste collection regulations to be collected as a part of your Omaha solid waste collection service. For instructions about yardwaste preparation, click here . Please remove: Nails, Wires, Ornaments, Tree stand, Plastic bags (please take bags home and dispose with garbage), Lights (Recycling opportunity for these, click here), Wreathes and evergreen roping will not be accepted. Flocked trees are ok. Thank you for making Christmas Tree recycling part of your holiday tradition. Share the Christmas spirit and ask a neighbor if you can help them get their tree to a recycling site.A ll sites close on Tuesday, January 7, 2016.  Do not deliver trees after this date. Doing so is illegal dumping and punishable by a fine of up to $500, loss of drivers license for 6 months and all clean up costs. Please throw your tree up on the pile. This will leave room for others to access the site. You may begin using the sites on December 24. The sites are open daily during daylight hours. Assistance from volunteers is available only on the days listed. Sites close on Tuesday, January 7, 2016. Volunteers from the Rotary Clubs of Omaha, and the Douglas-Sarpy Master Gardeners will staff the busy sites and help you unload your tree on December 26 and 27, 2015, and January 2 and 3, 2016, from 10AM until 4PM each day.
    For a map of the Christmas Tree collection sites, click here . Clicking on the addresses below will open up a Google map
    1. Tranquility Park
      120th Street & West Maple Road . North lot of soccer complex.

    2. Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
      Northwest corner of parking lot, near intersection of Bob Gibson Drive and South 13th Street. .

    3. Orchard Park
      66th Street North of Hartman Ave . 57 blocks North of Dodge Street.

    4. F Street Football Field
      F Street East of 156th Street . Parking lot east of field.

    5. Ta Ha Zouka Park
      20801 Elkhorn Drive . Parking lot behind the Chamber of Commerce.

    6. Kelly West Park
      87th Street & Park View Boulevard.

    7. Wehrspann Lake
      Highway 370, between I-80 and 168th Street . Wildlife Management Area south parking lot.

    8. Bellevue Old Sarpy County Landfill
      8902 Cedar Island Road

    9. Papillion Senior Center
      1001 Limerick Road

    10. Papio Bay
      815 East Halleck Street

    11. LaVista Sports Complex
      66th Street, 2 blocks South of Harrison Street

    12. Hughes Mulch Products
      3211 Keystone Drive . This site open 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday Only.

    13. Walnut Creek Connector Trail 
      Schram Road and Creek Side Drive (west of 96th Street)
    14. Pierson/Orval Ballfields 
      Woodlawn Avenue and Park Drive
  • Sarpy County, Nebraska
    Christmas Tree Recycling. Christmas tree collection sites will be opened during daylight hours starting on December 27th through mid-January.

    Papillion Senior Center parking lot
    1001 Limerick Road, Papillion
    December 26-January 14
    More info

    Papio Bay Aquiatic Center parking lot
    815 E. Halleck Street, Papillion
    December 26-January 14
    More info

    Walnut Creek Connector Trail parking lot
    Schram Road and Creek Side Drive, Papillion
    December 26-January 14
    More info

    La Vista Sports Complex parking lot
    7346 S. 66th Street, La Vista
    December 27-January 16 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.)

    Kelly West Park
    87th Street and Park View Boulevard, La Vista
    December 27-January 16 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.)

    Wehrspann Lake Wildlife Management Area south parking lot
    Highway 370, Between Interstate 80 and 168th Street