How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas TreesWhere and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in North Dakota in after Christmas in 2018 and January 2019

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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North Dakota: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays

  • Bismarck, ND - Christmas Tree Collection: Christmas trees will be collected from December 31 through January 10, 2019
    Remove all lights, ornaments, and stands from the tree.
    Make sure the tree is not wrapped in any plastic or placed inside a plastic bag.
    Christmas trees will be picked up on the regular scheduled collection day
    Christmas trees will be picked up at the regular collection point
    Apartment Complexes should set Christmas trees on the boulevard for collection.
    Condos and Townhomes (3 or more units) should set Christmas trees on the boulevard for collection.
    A separate truck will collect the Christmas trees to be recycled.
  • Fargo, ND - Christmas tree recycling. Christmas trees can be recycled into wood chips. Trees are typically collected during the first full week of January on your garbage pickup day. Please place trees with your regular household garbage, not on snowbanks. Please remove all plastic bags, lights and metal stands. Staff will attempt to collect on garbage day but it may be a day or two later.
    Place trees 5 feet from your garbage cart
    Please do not deposit trees on snow banks
    Remove plastic bags, lights, ornaments, wood and metal stands
    It is helpful if you can place your tree on the boulevard instead of in the alley
    Residents can also bring trees to the landfill, where they will be chipped into mulch. See Landfill hours of operation .Fargo will also take your Christmas lights, the screw-in and LED type, and your Christmas trees for recycling. Bring your lights to the hazardous waste building in north Fargo, from  9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m Monday through Friday through the end of January.