Scroll down this page for local Idaho recycling and responsible disposal options for holiday waste, from Christmas trees and wreathes, to lights, ornaments, wrapping and packaging. Many towns and cities offer curbside collection, even for Christmas trees. Counties and unicorporated areas typically have a number or drop-off locations.
Christmas trees are usually colllected from December 26th through
the first 2 or 3 weeks in January. Whether your tree is picked up from
your curb, or you drop it off, 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
occasionally accepted (call to verify), 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
curbside garbage hauler.
The trees and wreathes are usually chipped and made into a mulch
which is ofteny made available, free to city or county residents.
Ornaments and light strings are usually placed into your
curbside collection bin. Some localities have year-round
collection centers. The same is true of wrapping paper and boxes.
Always follow the links (usually the blue, underlined 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.
If your area is not specifically mentioned below, call your trash collection
agency and ask!
Idaho: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays January 2022
Boise - Christmas Tree Recycling
- Christmas trees will by picked up by
BFI/Allied Waste during the first week of January. Christmas trees
set out for collection must be free of lights, ornaments, tinsel, and
stand. They must be cut to 4-ft. lengths or smaller. Flocked trees and
wreaths are not accepted. Please note the following guidelines:
must be free of lights, ornaments, tinsel, and stand.
Trees must be
cut to 4-foot lengths or shorter. Tree branches must also be bundled and
weigh less than 60 pounds.
Flocked trees and wreaths are not
The Ada County Landfill will accept Christmas trees at no
charge from December 24 to January 11, 2020.
tree collection program saves space in your trash cart and helps Boise
Blackfoot, Idaho - The city has brought back the Christmas tree
bonfire at the end of January or start of February.
Look for an
annoucement on their website or local newsppapers for the date and
location to take your tree near the end of January.
- Idaho Falls, ID
Trees should be dropped off at one of the
many collection sites.
See their locations on this map. They have a mulch pile created from
leaves and discarded Christmas trees. This mulch is free only to City of
Idaho Falls residents and information can be obtained by calling the
Pocatello, Idaho - There are locations for dropping off
Christmas trees. Do not put their trees on the curb; take them to the
following locations between December 26th and January 8, 2020:
Pocatello City Hall
at 911 N. 7th Ave.;
Rainey Park at South Arthur Avenue; or
Sister City Park at Pocatello Creek Road.
- Rexburg, ID - Christmas Tree Clean Up-Every year after New Years
Day our street department will come pick up your Christmas tree at no
cost. Place it on your curb in front of your home or on the curb by the
entrance of your aparmtent complex the week following New Years Day. You
do not need to call or make an appointment.
Twin Falls, Idaho - For a $5 donation, the parks
department will take whole trees to be chipped for mulch from 9 am to 3 pm. on January 3, 2020 and Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 1234 Highland Ave., Twin Falls.
Remove ornaments, tinsel and lights.
All other areas of the state (just enter your zip code on the page that comes up)