Where and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Illinois after Christmas
2023 and in January 2024
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
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
not specifically mentioned below, contact your trash collection agency and inquire!
See this page for local options to easily recycle your Christmas holiday lights
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Illinois: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays January 2024
Illinois (out side of the Chicago area) Christmas Tree Recycling
For Chicago, click here!
Areas outside of Chicago
- Kane County
Christmas Tree Recycling. You can drop trees off at the following
Advanced Disposal (Veolia)
Transfer Station, 766 Hunter Drive (corner of Hubbard &
Hunter), Batavia, IL 60510. Phone: 630-879-3587. Hours:
Monday to Friday 6am to 5 pm, Sat 6 am to 10am. Please remove all decorations, tinsel,
lights, etc. Cost: (Prices may have changed!) $15. Note: Special Saturday drop-off, 6 am to 10am,
(Prices may have changed!) $25 for a load of mixed material, equivalent to a pick-up truck
level bed full, can include a tree for no extra cost.
Midwest Compost; 1320 Spaulding Rd.
in Elgin, IL 60120. Phone: 847-931-2900. Hours: Monday to
Friday, 7 am to 4pm.
Please remove all decorations, tinsel, lights, and plastic bags used
for transporting. Closed Christmas and New Year's day. Cost: (Prices may have changed!) $10.
- Algonquin - Groot will collect Christmas trees at no charge on your normal
collection day throughout the month of January. In order for a tree
to be collected, it must be placed at the curb or the end of your
driveway by 7:00 am on your scheduled collection day. All lights
and decorations must be removed. Trees should not be placed in
plastic bags, and any trees over six (6) feet tall should be cut in
half so one person can handle them. Also, trees should be placed on
top of the snow. Trees buried under snow could result in Groot not
collecting them. Please contact Groot Customer Service at
1-800-244-1977 with any refuse or recycling inquiries. Also The Algonquin Township 3702 U.S. Highway 14, Crystal Lake (847) 639-2700, will have
Christmas tree recycling available from December 28 through the third week in January. The drop off will be available from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday
through Friday. (Gates are locked at 3 p.m.). The drop-off site is closed on Saturday and Sunday and will also be closed on a few other days, check
Algonquin Township residents:
- Aurora - Groot will collect Christmas trees during the first and second full weeks of January. Trees must be free of plastic bags, all decorations (including
tinsel) and tree stands, and be placed at the curb on your normal collection day. Due to the wire used to form them, wreaths and garlands will not
be collected as recycling and must be stickered as trash.. To be properly recycled, trees must be free of plastic bags, all decorations (including
tinsel) and tree stands, and be placed at the curb by 6 am on the normal collection day. Please note that due to the wire used to form them, wreaths
and garlands will not be collected as recycling and must be stickered as trash. After these 2 weeks, trees left at the curb on regular
collection day must be stickered in order to be collected. .If you have any questions, please contact our office at
Aurora Township Highway Department will be initiating a Christmas tree and
wreath pick up service this year for unincorporated Aurora Township residents
only. Christmas Tree Recycling beginning January 3rd. The undecorated tree and
wreath pick up will be Weather permitting. No bags or plastic
of any kind and please put the cut end toward the street.
Additionally, the ATHD will accept Christmas tree and wreath drop
offs (no bags or plastic) from any Aurora Township resident at our
facility at 220 Butterfield Road. The drop off times are weekdays, 8 am until 3 pm, between January 3 and January 9. If you have any
questions, please contact our office at 630-892-0246..
- Batavia - Advanced Disposal (which has been acquired by Waste Management) will be picking up live Christmas trees on residents' regular collection dates during the
two weeks after Christmas without a sticker. Residents do not have to use a sticker for Christmas tree removal on these dates only. After these
dates, residents should attach a refuse sticker to the tree and place it at the curb on their regular collection date. All materials such as plastic
bags, ornaments, lights, nails, etc. should be removed from the trees. Live wreaths and garland should be placed in your regular refuse. Advanced
Disposal will be picking up live Christmas trees on residents' regular collection dates. Residents do not have to use a sticker for Christmas tree
removal on these dates only. After these dates, residents should attach a refuse sticker to the tree and place it at the curb on their regular
collection date. All materials such as plastic bags, ornaments, lights, nails, etc. should be removed from the trees. Live wreaths and garland
should be placed in your regular refuse.
- Bloomington -
Christmas trees can be placed at the curb for collection. Trees must
have all lights, ornaments, tree stands and bags removed. Trees will
be collected from residential properties only. If you have any
questions, please contact the Public Works office at 434-2225 or by
[email protected]. You may also visit our City's webpage.
Champaign- Christmas Tree Recycling and Collection Program.
The City of Champaign offers two convenient options to recycle your
Christmas/Holiday tree in January.
The City's Holiday Tree Collection Program is available to all residential properties within the City's
residents must place their tree within four feet of the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, January 8, 2024, for collection
Trees with stands, decorations, tinsel, lights, artificial snow/frost, plastic bags, or any other
materials that make the trees non-recyclable will not be collected. Please note that the Holiday trees will not be collected by zone. Residents may
take trees to the Landscape Recycling Center during the months of January and February for free disposal.
Free Collection:. . Collected
trees are chipped and made into garden mulch.
Free Disposal: Residents may take trees to the Landscape
Recycling Center at 1210 E. University Avenue in Urbana during the
months of January and February for free disposal. Call 217-344-5323 for hours and details.
- Dundee Township - Dundee
Township Highway Commission recycles trees. Bring your tree (all decorations
removed) to the Township Garage at 1900 Sleepy Hollow Road (at Rt 72) December
25th through January 14th. The trees can be dropped off anytime. There are signs
showing where to drop them off. We do not pick up any trees and the trees have
to have all decorations removed. Call Highway Commissioner Larry Braasch at
847-426-0898 for more information.
- East Dundee - Holiday
greenery must have all tinsel, ornaments, lights and nails removed before being
placed out at the curb for pick-up and cannot be placed in plastic bags. Holiday
greenery collection is FREE the FIRST TWO WEEKS in January.
- City of Elgin - Christmas Trees will be collected free of charge December 26 through the second week in January
from all residential households. Stickers are not required for Christmas trees
during this period. All decorations, stands, etc. must be removed from trees in order to be
collected. Do not place trees in plastic bags. Trees in plastic bags will not be
collected. After this time, each Christmas Tree will require one visibly
affixed refuse sticker to be collected. Yard waste collection services (except Christmas Trees), are not provided to
condominium and townhome units.
- Geneva - The Public Works Department has scheduled a citywide collection of discarded live Christmas trees. Live Christmas trees will be collected on residents'
normal garbage collection day. No refuse sticker needed during this period. Residents must place the trees outside with their trash no later than 7
a.m. on their scheduled refuse pickup day. . Residents must set trees out with their trash and recycling the first two full weeks
in January; . In order to ensure the timeliness and the integrity of the schedule, crews will not return for special pickups. Once
the street has been completed, trees will not be collected until the following week. Other Important Info:
Please remove all hard materials
from the tree prior to disposal, including ornaments, nails,
All wreaths and roping must be included with normal trash on
residents' normal collection dayPlease remove all hard materials, ornaments, nails, stands, etc. from the trees. All wreaths and roping must be include with normal
trash on your scheduled refuse collection day.
- Gilberts - The Village of
Gilberts' Waste Hauler (MDC) shall pickup discarded Christmas trees place on the
curbside on the resident's normal pickup day after the Christmas holidays until
- Kane County, IL - The county has a list
of towns (most already included on this page) that have curbside pickup and drop-off locations.
- Madison County, IL - Only a
few towns have curbside pickup (East Alton, Hartford and Wood River Township); in the others, you drop your tree off for recycling.
for the Madison County, IL 31 drop-off sites for live Christmas trees. Drop-off locations are also available in St. Clair, Clinton and Monroe, For recycling questions see Building & Zoning Department at
618.296.6647 or email [email protected].
- Maple Park - Christmas trees
will be picked up on the resident's service day beginning after December 25th.
Pickup will continue through the month of January. Trees must be free of all
decorations. Trees must not be in plastic bags. Trees over 7 feet must be cut in
- McHenry County, Illinois - Open to all McHenry County residents. For
details please call 815-338-1060. For additional information, please
1. McHenry County
from December 26 - mid-January at
these 3 Drop-off Sites:
Glacial Park, Ringwood, IL (off Harts
Rush Creek, Harvard, IL (at Twin Oaks Parking Area west of
The Algonquin Township 3702 U.S. Highway 14, Crystal Lake (847) 639-2700, will have Christmas tree recycling available from December 28 through
the third week of January. The drop off will be available from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. (Gates are locked at 3 p.m.). The drop-off site is closed on
Saturday and Sunday and will also be closed on December 30, 31 and January 18.
Algonquin Township residents:
Algonquin Township Road District
U.S. Hwy. 14, Crystal Lake, IL
December 26 - January 31
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
For details please call
847-639-2700, ext. 6
Open to Dorr Township residents:
3. Dorr Township Road District
12322 Davis Road, Woodstock, IL
December 26 - January 31
Monday through Friday during business hours 7:00 am to 3:30 pm
- Allied Waste
will collect Christmas trees during the first and second full week of January
. Trees must be free of
plastic bags, all decorations (including tinsel) and tree stands, and be placed
at the curb by 6:00 am on your normal collection day. No stickers are
Naperville, IL - Live Christmas tree collection takes place the first two full weeks of January each year. Trees should be placed at the curb for pickup on your
normal garbage collection day and be free of tinsel, decorations, lights, etc. All questions or concerns regarding garbage collection, a missed
pickup, or special pickup of bulk items, construction materials and appliances should be directed to Groot Industries at (630) 892-9294 from 8 a.m.
until 5 p.m.
- Peoria, Illinois
- curbside and drop-off
GFL crews will pick up your Christmas trees as part of normal trash collection. You do not need to request a special
pickup. Place your Christmas tree next to your trash and/or recycling carts. Remove all lights and decorations. If the tree is oversized, cut the
tree in half.
City of Peoria also encourages residents to recycle Christmas trees. Live trees will be accepted at the various drop-off locations from December 26 to January
1. Remember to remove tree stands, decorations, hooks and lights. Artificial trees or wreaths will not be accepted. Please
do not drop off your tree at city parks and vacant lots or leave trees on the curbside.
- Rockford Illinois Area - the first 2 weeks of the year, trees should be placed alongside resident's regular garbage and must be free of all ornaments, stands, lights, and
other decorative materials. Trees that exceed four feet in height should be cut in half.
Christmas tree drop off locations from Keep Northern Illinois
Beautiful, which has arranged 13 collection sites in Winnebago
County for you to drop off your tree from January 1 - 15. Site times
may vary. Parks are generally open dawn-dusk. Wreaths are not
accepted due to wire frames. Drop-off Trees January 1 thru 15. Mulch
available while it lasts, until cleared - by March 1st
The trees will be chipped beginning on January 15th and the mulch
produced is free for residents to take (please bring your container)
through the end of February or until the supply is depleted.
Christmas Tree Recycling conserves landfill space, returns nutrients
to the earth, beautifies landscapes and provides free mulch for
Cherry Valley - Baumann Park, South Walnut St. (during daylight hours only).
Harlem Township - Schoonmaker Park, 10500 Ventura
Blvd., Machesney Park.
Loves Park - Martin Park, 5600 Park Ridge Road.
Pecatonica - Pecatonica Wetlands Forest Preserve, 4550 N. Pecatonica
Rockford - multiple locations
- Sandy Hollow Golf Course, 2670 Sandy Hollow Road, west lot.
- Levings Lake, 1420 Pierpont Ave., east
- Andrews Park, 800 N. Central Ave.
- Gambino Park, 4421 Pepper Drive, west of North Alpine.
- Alpine Park, 950 S. Alpine Road.
Roscoe - Valley View Farm, 6440 Belvidere Road.
Rockton - Rockton boat ramp parking lot near 830 E. Main St. (across from Hononegah ball field).
Village of Davis - Davis Village Hall, 104 E. McKimmey.
- South Elgin - Allied
Waste/Republic Services will pick up Christmas trees through mid-January on
normally scheduled refuse days. All decorations should be removed before placing
the tree at curbside.
- Springfield, IL - Department of Public Works
crews will collect natural fir and evergreen trees for two weeks
in January. Residents are encouraged to put the
trees on the curb by 7 am after New Year's day January 2nd. If you have questions about this program, contact the City's Office of Public Works at
217.789.2255. The trees should not be put in the
way of traffic. There are other rules to follow: No flocking,
ornaments, tinsel or other decorations can be on the trees. Wooden
tree stands must be removed, and garlands and wreaths with wire Waste
won't be accepted. Residents also can drop off trees and branches
from 7 am to 3 pm. Monday through Saturday at the public works
facility, 301 N. 17th St.
Drop-off: The City of Springfield Yardwaste
Recycling Center (YRC) takes residential Christmas trees, wreaths,
garlands and other live decorations for no charge between December
26 and January 31. The trees are ground into wood chip
mulch that can be purchased at the YRC and Lone Pine recycling
centers. Remove tree stands, decorations, wiring and twine. No
flocked trees are accepted. Questions call the City's Recycling
Hotline at 864-1904.
Yardwaste Recycling Center, 3790 South Farm
Road 119, Brookline.
A few other locations will take
Christmas trees, some for a donation to help the Boy Scouts. See this 2020 news story
Electric String Christmas lights can be recycled for no charge at AAA Certified
Computer Recycling Center (528 N. Prince Lane) and Complete Electronics Recycling (2935 W. Chestnut Expy.).
- St. Charles -
Christmas trees will be picked up during the first two full weeks of
January. Trees will be picked up on BOTH sides of
the river on the regular scheduled refuse day. After this two-week
period, a sticker will be required. Trees are NOT to be placed in
disposal bags. Residents should note that all decorations, including
tinsel, must be removed. For more information, contact the Public
Works Department at 630-377-4405 or
- Pingree Grove/ Flood Brothers -
Christmas Trees will be collected for the first three weeks of January at no
charge. During this free three week collection period, trees must be free of all
decorations and cannot be in plastic bags. After the three week collection
period, Christmas trees will be considered a Bulk Item. (Bulk items will be
collected at no extra cost up to seven items each calendar year. Charge after
allowed seven will be $8.60 per item)
- Urbana - the first full week in January each year. The City of Urbana will provide holiday tree collection to
all residents for 1 week this holiday season: The City of Urbana
will provide Christmas tree collection to all residents for one week
this holiday season:
the first Full week in January. Questions may be directed to U-Cycle at (217) 384-2302. Residents must follow
Place tree along curb (on the parkway) by
6:00 am on your regular U-Cycle collection day
decorations, lights, tree bags and stands from tree before
Trees that are flocked or have tinsel are not
accepted! No artificial trees accepted.
Trees may be taken to
the Landscape Recycling Center at 1210 E. University Ave., Urbana,
for FREE recycling
Trees may also be taken to the Landscape
Recycling Center located at 1210 E. University Ave, Urbana, for FREE
recycling. The Landscape Recycling Center may be contacted at (217)
Questions? Please call (217) 384-2416. Jason
[email protected]. (217) 384-2416
- West Dundee - Free curbside Christmas tree collections are available along with
regular refuse collection during the first two full weeks in January
each year, for residential properties with no more than 3 units.
Trees must be stripped of all decorations and placed at the curb
with the cut end facing the street. Trees do not have to be cut up,
bundled or placed in yard waste bags. Trees/greenery in plastic
bags, wrapped in plastic or covered with artificial snow cannot be
accepted. Garlands and wreaths must be disassembled, and the organic
portion placed in a yard waste bag. If you live in a building with
more than three units, contact your building owner or refuse hauler
regarding the disposal of your tree, or recycle it with the Dundee
Township Highway Dept..
- Will County - Christmas Tree Recycling. Check with your municipality to see if
trees are collected curbside for recycling and composting.
- Winnebago County, IL -
13 collection sites in Winnebago County for you to drop off your
tree from January 1 - 15. Site times may vary. Parks are generally
open dawn-dusk. Wreaths are not accepted due to wire frames.
Drop-off Trees January 1 thru 15. Mulch available while it lasts,
until cleared - by March 1st
Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
NOTE: Unfortunately, Keep Illinois Beautiful has NOTHING on their website about where or how to recycle Christmas trees this year -
if you know, write me!
- Woodstock, IL - The
Department of Public Works will collect and mulch Christmas trees from January 4 to January 29. Residents must have their Christmas tree in the parkway by
7 a.m. on their regularly scheduled garbage day to have them collected. "Please remove all of the decorations from trees and do not leave it in a
plastic tree bag," said MCDH Environmental Health Solid Waste Manager Kelli Boeckmann. "Also remember that if you have an artificial Christmas tree
that you might be done using and it is still in good condition, it can be donated locally." Call 815-338-6118, Public Works for additional