Properly dispose of your christmas trees and wreaths

December 21, 2017
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Montgomery County residents are urged to put their cut Christmas tree at the curb for recycling, and give their tree a second life after the holidays.

Cut Christmas trees are accepted year-round for residents who receive Montgomery County-provided collection service. To participate, residents need to place their trees curbside by 7 a.m. on their regularly-scheduled day. The tree must be free of decorations.

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Collected trees are taken to the Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station (Transfer Station) where they are shredded and chipped for mulch. The facility is located at 16105 Frederick Road in Derwood. Residents can also take their trees to the Transfer Station for drop-off.

Wreaths, roping and other decorations with live branches and needles are only accepted for recycling if they are separated from any wire and metal used to bind them, and are free from decorations. Live trees with root balls, or that have their roots intact, cannot be accepted for recycling.

Residents who live in apartments and condominiums should check with their property manager or representative for specific Christmas tree recycling instructions.  Property managers of apartments and condominiums must make arrangements to recycle their residents’ trees.

Businesses and commercial properties having live Christmas trees must also recycle them.

Artificial trees cannot be recycled, but if yours is still in usable condition, consider offering it for reuse on a neighborhood list serve, local Freecycle group, or similar network.  Otherwise, request a bulk trash pickup for your artificial tree.  If you have County-provided trash service, schedule a collection online or call 311.  If you have privately-provided trash service, check with your collection company for instructions.

For more information about Christmas tree recycling collection, visit the Department of Environmental Protection’s website.



2 comments on "Properly dispose of your christmas trees and wreaths"

  1. ornaments says:

    I like trees so much and I plant many trees, many places. Live trees with root balls, or that have their roots intact, cannot be accepted for recycling. they are separated from any wire and metal used to bind them and are free from decorations. you have a privately-provided trash service, check with your collection company for instructions.

  2. lisa says:

    The true heart of Christmas is one of wonder and warmth. May any festive stress you feel fade away and be replaced with this. Merry Christmas. Property managers of apartments and condominiums must make arrangements to recycle their residents’ trees. The one who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and embrace the warmth of your closest ones. Merry Christmas.

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