Counties Offer Christmas Tree Recycling

As the holidays wrap up, many counties throughout the state are offering Christmas tree recycling to their residents. Please see below for information regarding your county’s offering of Christmas tree recycling services.

Anne Arundel County
Natural garland, wreaths, and Christmas trees are yard waste. They are chipped into mulch, a valuable soil covering. Please remove tree stand, tree bags, metal ornament hangers, and all decorations. Cut very tall trees in half so that the tree will fit into the contractor's truck.
Natural garland, wreaths, and Christmas trees will be collected on your regular recycling day.
Put your natural garland, wreaths, and Christmas trees at the curb before 6:00 AM on your regular recycling day or bring your items to any one of our convenience centers.

Natural garland, wreaths, and Christmas trees will be collected on your regular recycling day. Put your natural garland, wreaths and Christmas trees at the curb before 6 a.m. on your regular recycling day or bring your items to any one of our convenience centers.

Anne Arundel County Waste Management Convenience Centers:

Baltimore City
DPW will provide Christmas tree mulching Monday through Saturday during the entire month of January 2012. Mulching services will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Reedbird Avenue Citizen Drop-off Center, 701 Reedbird Avenue. Residents may bring their own bags or containers if they wish to collect mulch for their own use. Community groups are also encouraged to bring bags or containers and collect free mulch for neighborhood gardens while supplies last.

For residents who cannot bring their trees for mulching, the Bureau of Solid Waste will offer curbside tree collection from Tuesday, January 3, 2012 through Tuesday, January 31, 2012. Residents should set out trees on their regularly scheduled trash collection day at the same location where their trash is collected. All tinsel and ornaments must be removed from trees before they are set out for curbside collection or mulching. For additional information, please call 311.

Baltimore County
The collection of Christmas trees for recycling will take place over a two-week period, beginning Monday, January 9, 2012. To ensure collection of Christmas trees, residents must have the trees out at the curb no later than Saturday, January 14.

Residents must follow these simple rules when placing their Christmas trees at the curb to be recycled:

- Set out the tree only (no lights, decorations, bags, tree stands, etc.).
- Only set out trees at the front curb/street as trees will not be collected from alleys.

Baltimore County collectors will pick up Christmas trees in standard trash/recycling trucks, and deliver them to County facilities to be chipped and later used as mulch. Baltimore County residents who live in an apartment or condominium should follow their property manager's rules when recycling their Christmas trees.

Tree Drop-Off Locations
Residents who want to drop off Christmas trees themselves may do so starting Tuesday, December 27, 2011. Christmas trees (no lights, decorations, bags, tree stands, etc.) may be taken to one of the three County drop-off locations:
Eastern Sanitary Landfill Solid Waste Management FacilityMonday - Saturday7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Western Acceptance FacilityMonday - Saturday7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Baltimore County Resource Recovery FacilityMonday - Saturday7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

For directions to the County's three drop-off centers, Baltimore County residents may view the information online or call the Bureau of Solid Waste Management at 410-887-2000.

Carroll County
Carroll County is offering TREE-Cycling to grind trees into compost, mulch or chips for use later in gardens or in landscaping projects.

Remove all non-organic objects, including lights, wire, tinsel and ornaments and drop your Christmas tree off at one of the following locations to be recycled and re-used.

- Northern Landfill, 1400 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster, weekdays 7 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Saturdays from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.
- Hoods Mill Landfill, 7901 Kabik Court, Woodbine, Saturdays 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Call for holiday hours.

Residents living within a municipality are encouraged to contact town and city offices for the Christmas tree pickup schedule. Residents living outside incorporated areas should contact their waste hauler to find out if Christmas tree pickup is provided.

For more information, contact Maria Myers, Carroll County Government Recycling Manager at 410-386-2035, or the Northern Landfill at 410-386-4550.

Charles County

Christmas Tree Recycling December 26 through January 14. Recycle your Christmas tree into free mulch! Trees must be ornament and tinsel-free. No plastic bags please. Drop off sites are listed below. For hours of operation, please call 301-932-3599 or 301-870-2778. Look for the Christmas tree recycling sign!

Breeze Farm Recycling Center – Route 254, Cobb Island
Calvary Gospel Church – Route 228, Waldorf
Charles County Courthouse – Baltimore Street, La Plata
Charles County Landfill – Billingsley Road, Waldorf
Gilbert Run Recycling Center – Route 6 West, Dentsville
Pinefield Park – Pinewood Drive, Waldorf
Pisgah Recycling Center – Route 425, Pisgah
Route 5 Park N’ Ride – Mattawoman-Beantown Rd., Waldorf
Radio Station Road – La Plata
Ruth B. Swann Memorial Park – Route 21, Bryans Road
St. Nicholas Drive – Waldorf

Harford County

CLICK HERE for trimming drop-off locations.

Howard County
Beginning Tuesday, January 3 and continuing through Friday, January 20, Christmas trees may
be recycled seven days a week, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the drop-off sites listed below. One
exception to the above days and times is the Alpha Ridge Landfill, which is open Monday
through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Look for Merry Mulch signs at the following drop-off sites:

Kendall Hardware, 12260 Route 108
River Hill Garden Center, 12165 Route 108
Cedar Lane Park, 5081 Cedar Lane
Grandfather's Garden Center, 5320 Phelps Luck Drive
Rockburn Park, 5400 Landing Road
Ellicott City:
Small Circuit Court parking lot on upper Court House Drive (just past Ellicott Mills Drive, on
the right)
Schooley Mill Park, 12975 Hall Shop Road
Alpha Ridge Landfill Wood Waste Area, 2350 Marriottsville Road

Savage Park, 8400 Fair Street

Western Regional Park, 14800 Carrs Mill Road

Howard County residents with curbside yard trim collection can set their Christmas trees out on
their regular curbside recycling days through January 20. Trees will not be accepted on trash
collection days. Please remove all decorations, including tinsel, garland, ornaments, lights, tree
stands and plastic bags. Trees must be cut into less than four foot lengths and tied; they do not
need to be bagged. Each bundle must weigh less than 40 pounds. Set your tree out the night
before your collection day. Trees may be picked up as early as 6 a.m. or as late as 7 p.m.
After January 20, when the sites listed above have stopped accepting Christmas trees and
curbside yard trim collection is no longer offered, residents can continue to bring their Christmas
trees to the Alpha Ridge Landfill Wood Waste Area – open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to
4 p.m.

Artificial Christmas trees and wreaths can be recycled year-round in the scrap metal area at the
Alpha Ridge Landfill Residents’ Convenience Area.

Montgomery County
CLICK HERE for collection information.

Prince George’s County
The Prince George’s County Department of Environmental Resources’ (DER) Waste Management Division (WMD) will provide County residents with Christmas tree collection and drop-off services for recycling of their live Christmas trees, at no charge beginning December 27.
To participate, residents with County-provided yard waste collection service should place their undecorated Christmas trees at curbside before 6:30 a.m. on their regularly scheduled collection day starting December 27, 2011.

Residents may also bring their undecorated trees, at no charge, to the Prince George’s County Yard Waste Composting Facility, 6601 Southeast Crain Highway in Upper Marlboro; Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., or to the Brown Station Road Public Convenience Center, 3501 Brown Station Road, Upper Marlboro; Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. through January 31, 2012.

Before dropping off the trees, residents are reminded to remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights and ornaments from trees. Only undecorated trees will be accepted. For more information on recycling, call WMD’s Recycling Section at (301) 883-5045