How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas TreesWhere and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Central Pennsylvania in after Christmas in January 2020

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!

Related information:

See this page for local options to easily recycle your Christmas holiday lights

If it has just snowed; see this page about how to make snocones  from real snow!  Your kids will love it!

Click here for the list of winter sleigh ride locations!

See our easy recipes to make a Chocolate Yule log and click here to make your own low-fat, low calorie but delicious Egg Nog ! Then come back to our other website in March to find a local Easter Egg Hunt for your children ! There are affiliate links on this page. Read our disclosure policy to learn more.

Central Pennsylvania: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays

Central Pennsylvania

  • Carlisle, PA - Christmas Tree Drop-off Event - Bourough's Compost Facility
    Post Rd Compost Facility, Carlisle, PA 17013. Phone: (717) 249-4422. Program runs the first 2 full weeks in January, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. People wishing to drop off trees must provide proof of residency in the borough of Carlisle.
  • East Donegal Township, PA - Christmas Tree Collection
    Marrietta, PA 17547. Phone: (717) 426-3167. Christmas tree curbside collection by contracted hauler on January, 14 2012. This is for residents of East Donegal Township only. Residents may also make an appointment to drop off their Christmas tree at the Mount Joy Borough Compost Site by calling (717) 653-2300.
  • Ephrata, PA - Christmas Tree Recycling, Free curbside Christmas tree pickup. The Borough of Ephrata provides free curbside pick up of Borough resident's Christmas trees. Simply place your tree(s) curbside the same day as your recycling during the weeks of January 6, 2020 and January 20, 2020 and the Borough's hauler will pick it up. Missed Dates If you miss these scheduled collection dates you may purchase a $4 oversized tag at the Borough Business Office. Put the tag on your tree and place it curbside the same day as your recycling for pick up. Prep Tree - Please prepare your tree by removing all lights, ornaments, tree stands, and bags. If you have any questions or need additional information call 717-738-9222 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please Note: Martin Mulch Products, located at 55 Woodcrest Drive, will accept Christmas trees. For questions concerning fees, hours of operation, etc. please call them directly at 717-733-1602.
  • Elizabethtown Borough, PA - Christmas Tree Collection Program
    Elizabethtown, PA 17022. Phone: (717) 367-1700. Christmas trees will be collected curbside by a contracted hauler on one day in January only. Call for this year's date. This is only for residents of Elizabethtown borough.
  • Harrisburg, PA -  Curbside Recycling Program
    Harrisburg, PA 17104. Phone: (717) 236-4802. Christmas trees will be picked up on trash days during the first two weeks of January. Residents are asked not to put trees out until it is their trash pick-up day. For residents of Harrisburg only.
  • Lancaster, PA - The City will collect Christmas trees at curbside collection during the first 2 full weeks of January. Residents should place trees at curbside on their regularly scheduled collection day where they set out trash and recyclable materials. To be collected for recycling into mulch, trees must be free of all decorations including ornaments, lights, tinsel, and stands. Please contact the Solid Waste Hotline at 291-4744 with questions. Residents should place trees at curbside on their regularly scheduled collection day where they set out trash and recyclable materials. To be collected for recycling into mulch, trees must be free of all decorations including ornaments, lights, tinsel, and stands. Collection dates are the second and third full weeks in January.
    January 6, 2020 to January 10, 2020 and
    January 13, 2020 to January 17, 2020
  • Lancaster Landfill and SECCRA Landfill - Residents of the following townships may drop off their Christmas trees (free of decorations) at these two landfills:
    Avondale Borough; Caln Township, Downingtown; East Pikeland, Kennett Square Borough, Phoenixville Borough, Schuylkill, South Coatesville (CCCRA), Spring City; Tredyffrin, Valley Township, West Nottingham, West Caln Township, Wallace Township, West Goshen Township, West Bradford, West Brandywine (Vollmecke Orchard), West Chester Borough
    Lanchester Landfill
    Route 322W, Honey Brook, PA
    7224 Division Highway
    Narvon, PA 17555 610-273-3771
    SECCRA Landfill
    219 Street Rd.
    West Grove, PA 610-869-2452
  • Lancaster County, PA -  
    Lancaster County Central Park - Parking lot behind park office on Chesapeake Street, Lancaster PA. Phone: (717) 299-8215. Christmas Trees - $1 per tree donation is requested to support park programs. Mulch is available to the public beginning January 2. December 26 to Jan 15 from Dawn to Dusk
    Martin Mulch Products - 55 Woodcrest Drive, Ephrata PA. Phone: (717) 733-1602. Christmas Trees - $2 per tree
    Woody Material (Tree Trimmings, Brush, Shrubs), Yard Waste (Leaves, Grass Clippings, Garden Residue, Sod) . Open: Monday to Saturday, Dawn to Dusk.
    Zeager Brothers - 4000 E. Harrisburg Pike, Middletown PA. Phone: (717) 944-7481. Christmas Trees - No charge, Pallets (Wood), Woody Waste (Trees & Trimmings, Brush), Yard Waste (Leaves, Garden Residue). Open: Monday to Friday 6 am to 5 pm Check in at office first.
    Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA) has assembled a list of Recycling Drop-Off Centers in Lancaster County as a guideline to individuals interested in recycling materials.
  • Lebanon, PA - Recycle Your Christmas Tree for FREE. Any Lebanon County resident is eligible for the FREE Christmas Tree Recycling Program. A GLRA License is NOT required. Please provide the Christmas tree only, no decorations. Trees must be under the 10 foot maximum height or cut in half. There is no cost for recycling. December 26th through February 16 bring your tree to the GLRA Recycling Center at 1610 Russel Road. Tree must be free of all decorations and paint! We're open Monday thru Friday 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM and Saturday 8:00 AM to 11:45 AM.
  • Lower Allen Township, PA - Curbside Recycling Program
    Camp Hill, PA 17011. Phone: (717) 975-7575. Please call for Christmas tree collection information. For residents of Lower Allen Township only.
  • Mechanicsburg, PA - Christmas Tree Recycling Drop-off Event
    842 W Church Rd, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. Phone: (717) 691-3310. This is a 24-hour drop-off site.
  • Mount Joy Borough, PA - Compost Site
    159 S Jacob St., Mt. Joy, PA 17552. Phone: (717) 653-2300. For residents of East Donegal Township, Mount Joy Borough only. Drop off trees the first weekend of the month between dawn and dusk.
  • Palmyra, PA -  Curbside Collection Program
    Palmyra, PA 17078. Phone: (717) 838-6361. Christmas trees will be collected on trash days during the month of January. This is for Palmyra residents only.
  • Rapho Township, PA - Christmas Tree Drop-Off Program
    971 N Colebrook Rd, Manheim, PA 17545. Phone: (717) 665-3827. For residents of Rapho Township only. Drop off trees between dawn until dusk, December 26 to January 31.
  • Red Lion, PA - begins on January 2 . Place your Christmas tree at your usual trash pickup site Monday through Friday,
    and the Red Lion Borough Public Works Department will pick it up.Please remove all decorations and bags!!
  • Rye Township, PA - Recycling Drop-Off Site
    1775 New Valley Rd, Marysville, PA 17053. Phone: (717) 957-2438. For residents of Rye Township only. This is a 24-hour drop-off site.
  • Springfield Township - Wyndmoor, PA - Christmas Tree Collection - Township crews normally begin collecting Christmas Trees during the first week of January. Please place your tree at the curbside on your regular collection day. Please do not "wrap" your tree in plastic as it will be chipped into useful mulch and made available to Township residents at no charge at our property on West Wissahickon Avenue. Please call the Township Building for the availability of leaf mulch and Christmas tree mulch as supplies vary throughout the year.215-836-7600.
  • York, PA -  York City staff perform special curbside Christmas Tree collections generally during the first two weeks of January each year. Please remove all foreign objects (plastic bags, lights, ornaments). Place tree at your designated collection point prior to 6 am on your collection day during this period of time. After the first two weeks in January, the curbside hauler will collect any remaining Christmas trees as regular trash. Each tree replaces a bag/can of trash in the normal bag limit. Questions? Please contact York City, Public Works Department at 849-2245. There is also a York County Christmas Tree Recycling Drop-Off Site - Solid Waste Authority Facility
    Flour Mill Rd, York, PA 17406. Phone: (717) 845-1066. This program runs from December 26 to January 31. For residents of York County only. This is a 24-hour drop-off site.
  • York County, PA  - Recycle your Christmas Tree at the Parking Lot Directly Across from the Resource Recovery Center: Christmas trees are accepted Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4 PM and Saturdays 8 AM to noon from December 26 through January 31. There is no fee to York County residents. Residents should follow the signs along Blackbridge Road directing them to the parking lot across from the Resource Recovery Center at 2651 Blackbridge Road. Please remove lights, ornaments, tinsel and protective bags from your tree before delivery. Trees collected are shipped off site to an end user. Other Christmas Tree Recycling Options: Many municipalities now offer Christmas tree collection for their residents as part of the curbside recycling program. Contact your municipality to find out if they offer this service.
  • West Donegal Township, PA - Christmas Tree Collection
    Elizabethtown, PA 17022. Phone: (717) 367-7178. Curbside Christmas tree collection by a contracted hauler on January 10th. This is for residents of West Donegal Township.