Where and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Massachusetts in after Christmas in January 2020
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!
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Massachusetts: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays
- Statewide: If you do not see your city in the list
below, go to
the Massachusetts state website
, you can enter your
city and find the local public works dept contact information to see
what their options are. Tree-cycle after the holidays. More than 200
Massachusetts towns and cities provide for the collection of cut
Christmas trees, which are then recycled into compost or mulch
Agawam, MA - Christmas trees will be collected
on the same day as your scheduled trash collection during the
first full week of January. Christmas trees 7'or larger
must be cut in half and placed on the tree belt no earlier than 7 am of the collection day listed above. Trees in plastic bags
will not be collected.
- The Department of Public Works typically
collects and recycles Christmas trees during the first two weeks of
January. You should put your tree out on your regular trash and
recycling collection day. If your apartment building puts their
trash in a dumpster, trees should be placed next to the dumpster for
collection. If you miss this, the city collects Christmas trees for
recycling in January: call 635-4959, Public Works
will collect Christmas trees for composting from January 7-18.
Remove all ornaments, decorations, and stands from trees and place
trees at the curb by 7 am on your recycling day. Do not put trees in
plastic bags, and don't forget to recycle your holiday catalogs and
wrapping paper as well. Note:
Public Works will pick-up trees beginning around January 7 on your recycling day.
Look Up Your Recycling Day
Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
For further information, please call the Boston Recycling Program at
- Curbside collection of bare Christmas trees (weather permitting),
will take place January 2nd to midJanuary on your regular
trash/recycling day. Decorations and stands must be removed and
trees should not be in a plastic bag. Place bare trees at the
curb by 7 am on collection day or after 6 pm the night before.
Residents can also bring bare trees to the Recycling Center
during open hours (Tues/Thurs 4 pm-7:30pm and Sat 9 am to 4pm) from
December 26th to January 31st. If your yard waste, holiday tree,
trash, or recycling are missed, please let us know immediately
by submitting a service request via the Commonwealth Connect app
for iPhone and Android or at
Recycling Christmas trees prevents them from getting buried in
the landfill. Trees are recycled into mulch. Every year, City
residents recycle thousands of trees.
Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
- Residents can drop off Christmas
trees at the Chicopee Sanitary Landfill.
- Christmas Trees may be brought to the Composting Site on the dates indicated below. If you miss one of these scheduled events Christmas Trees may be
brought to the Composting Site whenever it is open April through November. Wreaths and garlands can not be recycled because of the wire used to
shape them. Please dispose of wreaths and garlands with your regular trash. Location: Composting Site: Walden Street (route 126), just across Route
2, before you reach Walden Pond
- several days in mid January, Christmas
Tree pick up is one day after regular rubbish pick up day Place
trees at curbside by 7 am on day of pick up. Remove all ornaments
and tinsel. DO NOT PUT IN PLASTIC BAGS. Missed trees may be dropped
off at the gate at the Recycle Center, 5 Arsene Street.
- Residents have two options:
Greenfield residents who receive curbside trash collection can
place Christmas trees curbside for collection at no charge. The
curbside collection period will be for 2 weeks beginning January
2nd through mid-January. OR
Christmas trees can be brought
to the Transfer Station at no charge for Greenfield Residents.
There is a ten dollar charge for non-Greenfield residents.
Transfer Station Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 12:30 to 2:30;
Thursday and Friday 11 am to 2:30 pm; and Saturdays * 7:30 to 2 pm (Transfer Station is closed on December 30th) * Beginning January 14, 2020 the Saturday hours will be 7:30 to 12:00.
There is no charge to residents; Non-residents can bring their
trees to the Transfer Station for $10.
Haverhill, MA - Christmas Trees are to be
placed curbside on your regular trash day between January 6, 2020
and January 17, 2020. For safety reasons, please make sure
that trees are removed of all their ornaments, lights, bulbs and
any other sharp objects. Place bare tree next to your trash on
your scheduled day and it will be collected by our waste and
recycling hauler, Capitol Waste Services. Please limit the
number of trees to 1 per household.
There is no need
to setup an appointment
- Curbside pick-up during the first two
weeks of January; Your Christmas Tree will be picked up at
curbside sometime during the first two weeks of January. The
trees will be collected on your trash day. Your Christmas Tree
needs to be cleaned of all ornaments, lights, tinsel etc. Avoid
leaving the tree in the snow bank during a snow storm, because
if the tree becomes frozen in the snow bank we will be unable to
pick it up for disposal.
- Christmas Tree drop-off: Lowell does not
provide curbside collection of Christmas Trees.
Lowell BSA Troop 23 is offering curbside collection (see the Boy Scout Troop 23 facebook page
; You can send an e-mail to
, or you can call and leave a message at 978-743-9627. Or
sign up on their
see the Troop 23 website
There are 9
convenient neighborhood drop-off sites (see the map on this page
). Drop-off at one of nine sites below from December 26th through the second Saturday in January
North Common, Cawley Stadium, Shedd Park,
South Common, Hadley Park, Callery Park, Gage Field, Elks Club, Ventura Field.
-Christmas Tree Disposal - Christmas tree pick-up is scheduled for the
week of January 7 through January 10, 2020. Christmas trees should
be placed curbside by 7:00 am on the day of your regularly scheduled
rubbish pick-up. Please be sure trees are free of all ornaments and
tinsel. If you have any questions, please contact the DPW Office at
(508) 748-3540 ext. 101.
- Christmas Tree Collections start on Monday, January 7 and will
continue through Friday, January, 18. This is a special collection
that does not affect the regular Tuesday trash collection. If you
would like to dispose of your tree sooner, they can be dropped off
to one of the following locations:
- Memorial Beach parking lot - Causeway Street (off Hosmer Street)
- Back entrance road to
Ghiloni Park - 265 Boston Post Road East (entrance near Fire Station
- Parking Area across from Kelleher Field - 45 Jefferson
- Jericho parking lot - 410 Brigham Street
Conservation Area parking lot - 798 Elm Street (near the Fish and
Please contact DPW with any questions at
508-624-6910, or by e-mail at
- Christmas tree pick-up is scheduled for the
week of second week of January. Christmas trees should
be placed curbside by 7 am on the day of your regularly scheduled
rubbish pick-up. Trees are also accepted at the Transfer Station on
Benson Brook Road. Please be sure trees areThe City of Newton
collects Christmas trees for recycling during the first two weeks of
January. Collection occurs on your collection day only. Place your
un-decorated Christmas tree out to the curb by 7 am on your
collection day during this time. All decorations and lights must be
removed and trees cannot be in a bag. After this time, the City will
not collect Christmas trees. Residents will be responsible for
disposing of their own trees. They will NOT be accepted as bulk
waste. Or, residents can wait until April and prepare the tree
according to yard waste guidelines. Trees must be free of all
ornaments and tinsel. If you have any questions, please contact the
DPW Office at (508) 748-3540 ext. 101.Or wait
until April and prepare the tree according to
yard waste guidelines
. For more
Waste-Free Holiday tips, check out our guide!
- Consult our Holiday Waste Guide (pdf) to help reduce your household
waste this holiday season. The City of Northampton's holiday
tree collection (on-site chipping) will take place from 9am to
12 pm on Saturday, January 4, 2020 and January 11, 2020 at Smith
Vocational High School. Details will be posted in mid-December.Trees can be brought to Smith
Vocational High School. All trees must be clear of
ornaments, lights, tinsel, plastic bags, netting and metal
wires. Trees will be chipped on site. For more information
contact: The Northampton DPW at 587-1570.
- Pittsfield residents have
two options for disposing of their Christmas Trees:
Option No. 1
- Residents may take their tree to Covanta Pittsfield on Hubbard
Avenue at no cost. Please remove all the tinsel, lights, and
ornaments from the trees, so they can be recycled.
Option No. 2 -
Residents may place their tree with their trash on the curb to
collect as part of regular trash collection.Christmas tree pickup
will accompany the regular trash pickup schedule. In the event that
the truck is full, this may result in a bypass and will require pick
up the following week. Residents have the option of leaving their
trees curbside until the next pick-up date. If trees are left out,
please ensure that they do not obstruct pedestrian or vehicle
- See their annual announcement. (yes,
they make it challenging, you have to search their website). As an
alternative: Balboni's Landscape Supply and Green Waste Reprocessing, 135
Camelot Drive, will accept Plymouth residents' Christmas trees for
recycling, free, from Dec. 27 to mid-January. Proof of Plymouth residency
is required. Only clean trees with all ornaments, tinsel, lights and
wire must removed will be accepted. Wreaths are not accepted for
recycling. Each resident participating in the Christmas Tree
Recycling Program will receive $20 worth of coupons, which can be
redeemed at Balboni's for products or future green waste disposal.
- Christmas Tree Recycling: This January, the Town is providing two
options for recycling of Christmas trees. On Saturday, January 11,
2020 residents may take their trees to the Compost Area on Strout
Avenue from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (leaves and branches will also be
accepted at this time). In addition the contractor will collect
Christmas trees curbside on your regular rubbish collection day the
week of January 6, 2020 to January 10, 2020. All decorations, including tinsel,
must be removed from the trees. Trees in plastic bags or not
completely cleaned of this material will not be picked up or
accepted at the Compost Area. Please note, to use the Compost
Center, you will need a Compost Sticker. For further
information regarding the Compost Sticker contact the Police
- Christmas Tree Recycling: Place
curbside with regular trash in December and January. Remove all
decorations. Do not place in a plastic bag. Place your natural
Christmas tree out by 7 a.m. on your scheduled collection day in
December and January.Trees picked up through
January are mulched. Trees picked up in February are disposed of as
trash. Pick up free mulch through February. Artificial trees can be
put out with regular trash. Real trees will be picked up by DPW for
mulching in January. Trees put out after January, will be picked up
for regular trash.
- Live (well, formerly live) Christmas trees are picked up
every year by the Department of Public Works during the month of
January. Residents shall place trees at the curb in front of their
property. Trees must be stripped of all decorations (i.e. ornaments,
lights, garland and stands). Residents are responsible for
wind-blown trees and trees which obstruct plowing operations until
such time as the Town removes them.
- The Solid Waste Division will collect them starting Tuesday,
January 14, 2020 and ending Friday, January 24, 2020. After that
time, Springfield residents can bring the Christmas trees to the
Bondi Island Landfill and dispose of them at no charge. As a reminder, all
trees MUST be free of any decorative lights, ornaments, decorations
or tree stands. Trees MUST NOT be placed in any bags or boxes.
Please lay trees on their side. Please do not tie them up with
anything. Items should be placed out for collection no later than
6:00 a.m., on the day of collection. Following are some guidelines
for recycling during the holiday and winter months:
include the following items in your Single Stream recycling mix:
-corrugated cardboard boxes. Flatten and tie in 3' x3' bundles, no
tape. No waxed cardboard.
-paperboard gift boxes
-greeting cards (except those with foil,
metallic inks, or glitter)
-gift wrap, gift bags, tissue wrap
(except those with foil, metallic inks, or glitter).
shopping bags (any type of handle is okay).
-paperbacks & phone books
-junk mail -
windowed envelopes are OK.
-white and colored paper, computer
paper, shredded paper - place in paper bags.
bottles, jars, tubs and plastic microwave trays/containers under 2
gallons in size
-glass bottles/jars, all colors and sizes -
Please remove and discard all caps
-aluminum, tin/steel cans and
lids and aluminum foil
Please DO NOT include the following items
in your recycling mix:
-ribbons, bows, and tinsel.
-packing peanuts and Styrofoam
aerosol cans or other metal items
-broken or other glass such as
light bulbs, window - auto glass, dishes, glasses, Pyrex, ceramics
-no plastic grocery/newspaper bags
-containers over 2 gallons in
size, motor oil, chemical or foam containers or flower pots
-used paper plates, cups, napkins,
For additional information on collection days
residents can call 3-1-1 or (413) 736-3111.
- Christmas Tree Pickup: January 6, 2020- January 17, 2020
Department of Public Works will be picking up Christmas trees
January 7th through January 18th. Please have your Christmas trees
out at your curbside by 7:00 am on your regularly scheduled trash
pickup day. All trees must be free of plastic bags, stands,
ornaments, and other materials to be acceptable for collection. If
you have any questions, please call the Department of Public Works
- The Westford Fire Fighters Association - 978-392-0028. WFFA collects
Christmas trees annually on designated dates in January. Price: $10
per tree via check payable to Westford Fire Fighters Association.
Place check in a clear plastic bag and attach to tree; have trees
curbside by 7 am on date of pick-up. Call WFFA at (978) 392-0028 to
place your information on the pick-up list.
Christmas tree lights (green or
white wire mini lights) - Westford Metals will take lights at 69
Broadway Street, Westford; 978-392-3251; M-F: 7 am3pm.
For Worcester Residents Only, Weather Permitting; Wednesday,
December 26th through Sunday, January 5, 2020 on Monday to
Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and
Sundays (Millbury St. location only)). Worcester residents
may dispose of their Christmas tree at a drop-off site listed
below. Christmas trees will not be collected at the curb. No
yard waste will be accepted at the sites, only live Christmas
trees. Drop-Off Sites:
Formerly Ballard Street, next to the VFW Post.
In the parking lot across from Foley Stadium.
Near the East Mountain Street intersection.