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

  • Salt Lake City, Utah
    Can Collection: Residents are encouraged to use the curbside compost can to dispose of their Christmas Tree Collection (which pathetically, the city, on their website, calls a "holiday tree". Do you know ANYONE who calls their Christmas tree a "holiday tree"?) 
    The city will be servicing brown curbside compost cans year-round.
    Curbside Collection: "Holiday trees" will also be collected from the curb for two weeks in January. Please remove lights and other decorations before placing the tree in your curbside compost can or at the curb.
    For more information call (801) 535-6999 or email slcsanitation@slcgov.com . . You might want to ask them about this politically correct nonsense of calling the Christmas tree a "holiday tree".
  • South Salt Lake City, Utah
    Christmas Tree Pick-up Program: During the month of January Public Works employees will be picking up Christmas at curb side at no cost. The trees are used by the landfill in their composting program.

  • Draper, Utah
    From December 26th through January 15th, Christmas trees can be dropped off 24/7 at the Public Works Facility (72 E. Sivogah Court - 14525 S.) or at
    the Longbranch Trailhead, at the intersection of Longbranch Drive (1690 E.) and
    Deer Ridge Road (15090 S.).
    Only real, un-flocked trees, that are fully stripped of lights and ornaments, can be accepted.
  • Murray City, Utah
    Christmas Tree Recycling Drop Off Sites from December 26 to January 31
    1. Murray Park - Main Parking Lot (east of Park Center/west of Park Office)
    2. Grant Park - Four Diamonds (west lot off Valley Drive)
    Remove all decorations, stands, and plastic bags. PLEASE NO ARTIFICIAL TREES.
  • Orem, Utah
    Starting December 30 and running through January 18, the Department of Public Works will have dumpsters and/or drop off locations for citizens to dispose of their Christmas tree. This is the City=s Annual Christmas Tree Drop-Off Program. You must transport your tree(s) to a designated collection site listed below. Designated dumpsters or drop sites are located at each of these locations. Please remove all tree decorations and place your tree in the dumpster or at the designated drop off site as indicated by the posted signs.
    Flocked trees and household rubbish are not accepted and must be disposed of at the North Utah County Transfer Station located at 2000 West 200 South, Lindon.
    This is for Christmas Trees Only.
    Please do not leave your tree at an unmarked location or leave it on your city street. Schools, churches, or other private dumpsters are not approved Drop-Off locations. Your cooperation is appreciated.
    Legend:
    + = Dumpster locations
    # = Drop site

    Northeast Quadrant
    * Windsor Park Parking Lot, 1250 North 100 West +
    * City Park Parking Lot, 200 East 100 North +
    * Cascade Park Parking Lot, 200 North 925 East +
    * Sharon Park Parking Lot, 500 North 275 East #
    * Northridge Park Parking Lot, 1750 North 165 East +
    * Foothill Park Parking Lot, 1010 North 1200 East #

    Northwest Quadrant
    * Bonneville Park Parking Lot, 1500 North 800 West +
    * IHC Soccer Fields Parking Lot, 600 West 400 North +

    Southeast Quadrant
    * Scera Park East Parking Lot, 550 South 400 East +
    * Scera Pool Parking Lot, 600 South State Street #
    * Hillcrest Park Parking Lot, 1400 South 700 East #
    * Cherry Hill Park Parking Lot, 1800 South 220 East #

    Southwest Quadrant
    * Community Park Parking Lot, 600 West 300 South +
    * Westmore Park Parking Lot, 1050 South Main #
    * Nielsen=s Grove Park South Parking Lot, 375 West 2000 South +
    * Springwater Park Parking Lot, 945 South Artesian Road #
    * Lakeside Park Parking Lot, 400 South Vineyard Way #


  • Sandy, Utah
    The city will have areas identified at these locations throughout Sandy City from December 26 until January 12 for the collection of Christmas Trees only. Please ensure that all lights, ornaments, tinsel and garland are removed from the trees as well as stands, plastic, and spikes. Trees that have been flocked should not be taken to any of these locations since they are not recyclable. Flocked trees can be cut into pieces and placed in the blue waste container. Bulk waste, garbage, yard waste, and commercial dumping of trees are not acceptable.
    Storm Mountain Park, 11400 S 1000 E
    Bell Canyon Park, 11400 S 1700 E
    Flat Iron Mesa Park, 8600 S 1700 E (Lower west parking lot)
    Highpoint Park, 7800 S 1000 E
    Crescent Park, 11000 S 230 E
    Wildflower Park, 9939 S. Wildflower Rd.
    Parks & Cemetary Shop, 9120 S 700 E
  • Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling District
    604 West 6960 South, Midvale, Utah 84047. Phone: 385-468-6325.
    From January 5th to 30th, we will be collecting Christmas trees curbside. Your tree will be picked up on any of your regularly scheduled collection days during the month of January. If we don't get your tree one week, we will be back on your next regularly scheduled collection day. Please feel free to call our office for more information.
    Customer tips - check out our GUIDE TO HOLIDAY RECYCLING .
    Do not put trees in your garbage or recycle can. Trees must be bare of tinsel, flocking, ornaments, stands, and lights.
  • West Jordan, Utah
    Click here for Christmas Tree Recycling Guidelines . There are 2 Christmas Tree Recycling Options:
    1. Curbside
    West Jordan residents can place their Christmas trees at curbside for a two-week period beginning the Monday after Christmas. Simply place your tree at your curb for pickup on your normal trash collection day.
    2. Drop-Off
    Residents can drop off their Christmas trees for recycling the two weeks after Christmas at the following three locations:
    1. West Jordan Soccer Complex, 7876 S. 4000 West
    2. Constitution Park (west parking lot), 3200 W. 7000 South
    3. West Jordan Community Swimming Pool, 8125 S. 2200 West