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

  • Algoma, WI - Christmas trees are picked up once only. The garbage and recycling schedule contains the date.
    in 2019, Christmas tree pickup is scheduled for Saturday, January 12, 2019. The garbage and recycling schedule contains the date.
  • Brookfield, WI - Recycling Christmas Trees - Natural Christmas Trees placed curbside will be picked up by the City. Trees with plastic bags, wire, nails or other metal attached will not be accepted. The City will be making two rounds picking up Christmas trees. . The first opportunity is to set your tree at the road edge by 7:00 a.m. on the first Monday after New Years January 2. The second and last chance to set your tree out for pick up is by 7:00 a.m. on Monday, January 14, 2019. There will be no return trips for pickups after January 17th. Call-in requests will not be accepted after January 14th . Please understand that trees may not be picked up until sometime after these dates because of the time it takes to go through all the routes or being hampered by inclement weather or emergencies that may arise. Trees should not be buried in the snow. Wire, metal and plastic bags must be removed from the tree and disposed of separately.   Wreaths, which are normally tied with wire, should be disposed of in your weekly garbage.
    Other options for Christmas tree disposal are:
    Bring them to the Recycle Center with no wire, metal or plastic on them.
    Cut them up in pieces no longer than 4 feet long, less than 50 pounds per piece, and place them at the road edge. Your garbage contractor will pick them up on your regular collection day. However, the tree cannot be buried in snow or they will not take it. This is not a preferred option since it is not recycling the Christmas tree.. Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
  • Delafield, Wisconsin - The City's garbage collection contractor - Veolia Environmental Services - will pick up Christmas trees as part of the regular garbage pickup. The trees must be four feet in length or smaller. Any trees larger than four feet will need to be cut into sections that are four feet or smaller for the garbage contractor to take it. If you have any further questions regarding this Christmas tree pickup service, please contact Veolia Environmental Services at (262) 367-6040.
  • Dunn County, WI - Residents, with a solid waste permit, may dispose of their Christmas
    tree at any of the Dunn County Collection Sites which have a yard waste site:
    Boyceville Area Collection Station, Wednesdays Noon - 5 p.m. (November 1st - Mar. 31st), Saturdays 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Year Round).
    Colfax Area Collection Station, Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (November 1st - Mar. 31st), Saturdays 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Year Round)
    Elk Mound Area Collection Station, Wednesdays 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (November 1st - March 31st), Saturdays 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Year Round)
    The Dunn County Highway Department is collecting Christmas Trees at their service gate, just off Stokke Parkway, until mid January. Just toss the tree onto the pile to be chipped and recycled.
    The City of Menomonie will be accepting Christmas Trees at the following drop off sites: Elmwood Park, Wakanda Park, City Solid Waste Site during business hours. Call the City of Menomonie Street Department at 232-2302 with any questions about their Christmas Tree recycling program. All decorations/ornaments/tree disposal bags and stands must be removed. Artificial trees and other debris will not be accepted. Due to the wire used to form them, wreaths and garland WILL NOT be accepted for recycling.
  • Eau Claire, WI -  County Recycling Program - Christmas trees and wreaths that are free of ornaments, wire and tinsel can be ground along with other brush into wood chips. Eau Claire County and the City of Eau Claire jointly sponsor Merry Mulch, which permits residents to dispose of clean Christmas tees at Carson Park. The collection starts the days following Christmas and runs through mid-January, it is open during daylight hours. Christmas lights can be recycled at Alter Metal Recycling, located at: 3532 White Avenue Eau Claire, WI 54703 (715) 832-3431 or taken to the Eau Claire County Courthouse until the last week in January.  Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
  • Elkhorn, WI - Christmas Tree Collection: Trees will be collected the first 2 full weeks in January.
  • Green Bay, WI - The City removes brush year-round from curbside at no cost to residents, however; the City does not remove brush from curbside cut from vacant properties or contractor generated brush.  Branches and limbs from trees must be 3 feet to 8 feet in length and a minimum of 1/2 inch in diameter. Root ball must be removed. Cut ends should be stacked together. Do not pile on sidewalk or in street. Any size whole, natural Christmas tree (without a mounting stand, lights, tinsel, ornaments or disposal bags) will be collected. If you have a flocked tree, please call (920) 448-3535 to make arrangements for removal.
  • Greenville, WI - Brush/Christams trees will be picked up from Town of Greenville Residential homes the 2ND MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH. Greenville residents need to be on the Brush Pick-Up List for the Public Works employees to come by with the chipper. TO GET ADDED TO THE LIST, CALL THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPT AT (920)757-7276 NO LATER THAN 12 pm THE FRIDAY PRIOR TO THE SECOND MONDAY OF THE MONTH. If there are an exceedingly high number of people on the list, your brush may not be picked up on Monday, but early in the week. Also during winter months, if there is snow or other emergency that holds precidence, the brush pick-up may be pushed back. Please read the detailed policy below for brush restrictions, inclusions and possible charges that my apply. Any size whole, natural Christmas tree (without a mounting stand, lights, tinsel, ornaments or disposal bags) will be collected. If you have a flocked tree, please call 920-448-3535 to make arrangements for removal. Brush Pick-Up Policy .
  • Kronenweller, WI - Christmas trees will be collected by Harter's Fox Valley on your regularly scheduled collection day during the first 3 weeks in January. Trees MUST be cut into no longer than 3-foot lengths and placed next to your garbage cart. . Please call IROW at 693-7123 if you have any questions
  • LaCrosse, WI - Christmas Tree Collection The collection period begins first full week in January and continues through the next next week. Please remove tinsel, ornaments, and tree bags and set your tree out on the boulevard by 7 am. If you have any questions, please call the Recycling Office at (608) 789-7508. Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
  • Madison, Wisconsin - The Streets Division will collect Christmas trees for recycling. Each neighborhood will receive two collections. Place your tree at the curb on one of the below dates and they will be collected sometime during the two week collection cycle. Note: We will also be collecting limbs and branches brought down by the December blizzard as part of this collection.Note: Collection could be delayed due to winter weather. Snow and ice operations have priority over tree collection.
    Round One begins on January 2nd.
    Trees placed to the curb on or before January 2 will likely be collected prior to January 18, depending on weather conditions.
    Placing a tree to the curb after January 2 means the tree may not be collected until the second collection round.
    Round Two of tree collection will begin on January 22, 2019.
    Trees placed to the curb on or before January 22, 2019 will likely be collected prior to February 8, 2019, depending on weather conditions.
    Placing a tree to the curb for collection after January 22, 2019 means your tree may not be picked up until regular brush collection begins in the spring.
    Holiday Tree Collection Rules
    To avoid damage to our equipment, we ask that you follow these guidelines:
    Place trees at the street edge only. Remove and discard tree bags. Remove all tree stands, ornaments, lights and other metal objects. Trees that are not properly prepared will NOT be collected.
    Collection Schedule: see their website !
    Christmas Tree Drop Off Sites
    You may also bring your Christmas trees to our drop off sites at:
    West: 1501 W. Badger Rd
    East: 4602 Sycamore Ave.
    The sites are currently open for winter hours: Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
     Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
  • Marshall, WI - Christmas Trees are collected every Wednesday during the month of January. Just place your Christmas Tree at the curb by 7 am on collection day.
  • New Berlin, WI - Christmas Tree Pickup starts in early January and continues the entire month. Please put your trees in the ditch line or near the curbing, but do not obstruct traffic. Please be patient since the crews may be delayed by snow plowing or other duties during the month. For further information contact Streets at 262-780-4609. Thank you.
  • Onalaska, WI - Christmas tree pick up will be the same day as your regular trash pick up on January 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11, 2019. This is the ONLY TIME this service is offered so please have your tree at a curbside location no later than 5 AM on your regular refuse pick up day. Tinsel, ornaments, lights, etc. must be removed! Trees placed in a disposal bag will not be picked up. After the week of January 7th trees can be taken to the La Crosse County Landfill for a fee or you can prepare it for the branch pick up service, which will begin in April 2019 (see Recycling Brochure for proper procedure).Trees placed in the alley will not be picked up; they must be placed at a curbside location. If you miss your pick up day you can dispose of your Christmas trees at the La Crosse County Landfill (785-9999) for a fee.
  • Racine, WI - Christmas Tree Collections For two weeks during the month of January, the Department of Public Works will collect Christmas trees at the curbline. Residents should watch the local newspaper for the schedule published after the New Year. All decorations must be removed from the trees before placing at the CURBLINE for collection. There is no alley collection of Christmas trees.  Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
  • Sheboygan, WI - The City of Sheboygan's annual Christmas tree recycling pickup begins on January 2 and continues through the end of January. Trees are picked up on the same day as your garbage pickup. Wreaths are picked up with normal curbside garbage collection. Christmas trees are picked up at the curb, there is no alley pickup of Christmas trees. Remove all ornaments and decorative lights. Do not place trees in plastic bags. Christmas trees can also be disposed of at the Resident Drop-Off Site at 2026 New Jersey Ave; place trees in the area normally used for branches. Trees are recycled by grinding them into wood chips; these chips are available to the public for free Residents are reminded to NOT place trees in plastic bags because the trees are recycled by grinding them into wood chips. These chips are available to the public free of charge. Christmas trees can also be disposed of at the Resident Drop-Off Site located at 2026 New Jersey Ave. Place your trees in the bin normally used for branches.
  • Sherwood, WI - CHRISTMAS TREE DISPOSAL: The Yard Waste Site is open to dispose of Christmas trees after the holiday. The Yard Waste Site will remain open Friday, January 29th - 3 PM for Christmas tree disposal ONLY.
  • St. Croix, WI - Disposing of Christmas Trees:
    Artificial trees are made from PVC #3 plastic, a non-recyclable plastic. If your tree is still usable, offer it to friends or donate it to a charity such as Goodwill or Treasures from the Heart. If the tree is no longer usable then it will have to be thrown away, check with your hauler to see if they will accept it in one piece. If not, it will have to be dismantled into smaller pieces and put in the trash.
    Live trees: Many municipalities have curbside Christmas tree pick-up for a short time period after New Year's. If you miss the pick-up time, consider laying the tree out in your back yard for the winter to provide refuge for small wildlife. If your community doesn't provide pick-up service or you miss it, there are some businesses that will accept brush for a fee. Click here for a list .
    Holiday Lights: Old, unwanted, or not working holiday lights can be recycled at local agencies and retailers during the holiday season.
    The Recycling Association of Minnesota sponsors this Recycle Your Holidays program to provide local options to recycle holiday lights.
    Lights that are collected from St. Croix County are dismantled and recycled by vocational agencies that provide work opportunities for over 200 individuals with disabilities. In the table on their website , you will find a list of locations in St. Croix County where lights are accepted. Unless otherwise noted, all phone numbers are in the 715 area code.
  • Stoughton, WI - Christmas Collection Schedule: Crews will be out on the first, second and third Mondays in January collecting Christmas Trees. Make sure tree stand, all lights and ornaments are removed. Trees must be at the curbside and not buried in the snow. Wreaths and roping must have all wire removed.
  • Verona, WI - Christmas Tree Disposal Procedures: Pick up will be during the month of January. You must remove the tree from the bag or your tree will not be collected.
    For more information, please call the Public Works Department at 608-845-6695.
  • Waupaca, WI - 1. Christmas Tree Collection: The Waupaca Jaycees pick up discarded Christmas trees on a Saturday in early January every year. City of Waupaca residents are asked to bring their trees to the curb by the Friday night before collection. Donations to the Waupaca Jaycees are accepted.
    2. Christmas trees can be brought to the Waupaca Regional Recycling and Composting Center at no cost.  All ornaments, hangers and tinsel must be removed before disposal. Waupaca Regional Recycling and Composting Center, 608 Lakeside Parkway, Waupaca, Wisconsin; hours are Monday 12:00p.m - 6:00 p.m.; Friday 7 AM to 4:00 p.m.; Saturday 7 AM to 5:00 p.m.
  • Wausau, Wisconsin - DISPOSAL OF CHRISTMAS TREES: Residents may place their tree curbside with their household garbage on normal pick-up days. Residents may place their tree cut in manageable lengths curbside for collection through January 18th, 2019. Harters will conduct several collection cycles to pick up curb side trees. This collection will occur outside of the garbage collection process. Any nails and other metal must be removed. Please lay trees on their side so they do not get frozen into the snow bank.
  • Wauwatosa, WI - Christmas Tree Collection: Real Christmas trees clear of wrappings, wire, metal, nails, or tree stands and placed at the curb will be picked up between January 4-8 on regular pickup day and chipped into mulch. Do not put a tree in the alley. Put artificial
    trees or wreaths in the regular garbage.
  • Winneconne, WI - Christmas Tree Disposal: Christmas trees and wreaths should be taken to the Winnebago County Landfill or they may be burned on your own property, not in the road right-of-way, according to the conditions of the Town burning ordinance. Winnebago County Landfill is located at 100 W. County Road Y. Hours are 7 am to 3 pm and Saturdays 7 am to Noon. Landfill Telephone Number: 232-1800. Recycling Telephone Number: 232-1850.