Recycling the Christmas Tree

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 scroll down this page for more specific information and local links.

Christmas Tree recycling

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 not specifically mentioned below, contact your trash collection agency and inquire!


  • Colorado Springs- With the assistance of El Paso County, the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Utilities, Rocky Top Resources, and the Colorado Springs Gazette, Colorado Springs Youth Sports will be operating a TreeCycle event to reduce tree waste, provide free mulch and support youth sports. For a suggested minimum donation of only $5 per tree, area residents can drop off trees.  Colorado Springs Youth Sports is a charitable non-profit organization that operates the El Pomar Youth Sports Park. 100% of donations received benefit area youth.
    December 29 & 30, 2018 and January 5 & 6, 2019; from  9:00 AM to 4:30 PM at:
    Baptist Road Trailhead (Baptist Road & Old Denver Highway)
    Falcon Trailhead (SW of Woodmen Road & McLaughlin Road)
    Cottonwood Creek Park (Dublin Blvd. & Montarbor Drive)
    Sky Sox Stadium (Barnes Road & Tutt Blvd.)
    Rock Ledge Ranch (Gateway Road & 30th Street)
    Memorial Park (Pikes Peak Avenue & Union Blvd.)
    Additionally, trees and donations can be made at Rocky Top Resources (1755 E. Las Vegas Street) from 7:30 AM to 5 PM weekdays and 8 AM to 4 PM Saturdays over December 26-29 and January 2-31. Rocky Top Resources is closed on Sundays. All decorations must be removed from trees before drop-off. Find more information at, or (719) 520-7871.) Boy Scout Troop 246 will also pick up trees .
  • Denver – Treecycle collections in Denver usually run the first two weeks of January. Get more information click here . Remove all tinsel, lights, decorations, tree stands and plastic bags from Christmas trees prior to collection. Please ensure trees do not become stuck or frozen in snow bank  Set your tree out for collection at your normal trash set-out location by 7 a.m. on Friday, January 5th or by 7 a.m. on Friday, mid-January. Reclaim free mulch made from your tree at the annual Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale in May.

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