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

  • Charleston, West Virginia
    The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will host their annual Christmas tree recycling event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Saturday, in the new year, at the Capitol Market in downtown Charleston.

    Over the years, thousands of live trees have been collected and placed in lakes across West Virginia to improve fish habitat. "The trees enhance existing fish habitat in lakes and serve as fish-attracting structures for increased fishing opportunities," said Bret Preston, assistant chief of DNR's Wildlife Resources Section.

    To be accepted, all decorations must be removed from the tree, including ornaments, tinsel and stands. Those who drop off trees can enter their names into drawings for a day of skiing for two at Winterplace Resort, a free night's lodging and breakfast at Chief Logan Lodge, and a $25 gift card from Capitol Market.

    The recycling event yielded close to 500 trees last year. The DEP's Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) program coordinates the tree recycling effort.

    "This continues to be an extremely popular event with area residents and we hope it stays that way," said Danny Haught, chief of the DEP's REAP program. "Not only does it benefit the fish habitat in West Virginia's beautiful lakes, it also helps our environment by keeping these trees out of our landfills."

    For more information, contact the DEP's Sandy Rogers at 304-926-0499, ext. 1004, or email Sandra.D.Rogers@wv.gov .
  • Huntington, WV
    The City of Huntington's Sanitation and Trash Division has secured six locations where city residents can drop off their Christmas trees for free disposal. Those locations are as follows:
    St. Cloud Commons (upper parking lot)
    Harris Riverfront Park (upper parking lot on the 12th Street end)
    West end of the old Olympic Pool property on Memorial Boulevard
    Altizer Community Park
    Parking lot of old League 6 ball field parking lot on Ferguson Road.
    Deitz Hollow drop-off site. The times for this specific location are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month.
    The city is in the process of securing agreements with state parks in the area to ensure the trees will be used for fish habitats.residents can drop off their Christmas trees.
    The disposal of the trees is free to city residents. Click here for a link to our Facebook page

    City residents who are unable to take their trees to the drop-off locations can schedule a free pick-up at their residence by calling 304-696-4431 between 6:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The Sanitation and Trash Division will pick up the tree on the same day as weekly household garbage.
  • Weirton, WV
    The Public Works Recycling Division will begin curbside collection of Christmas Trees from early January though February 28th. On residents regularly scheduled refuse collection day, residents are required to have their trees curbside by 7:00 A.M. Christmas trees are taken to a local compost facility where they are placed in a chipper to create reusable mulch. To avoid damaging the machine, residents are asked to remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel, and other materials from their tree before recycling. For more information call John Brown at the Weirton Public Works Department at (304) 797-8543