Scroll down this page for local Montana 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!
Montana: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays January 2022
- Billings, MT
Annual Christmas Tree Recycling, from December 26 through late January, Christmas trees can be dropped off at several advertised sites throughout
the Billings area for recycling.
Golden Recycling, 1100 Sixth Ave. N.;
2100 S. Shiloh Road;
Hanser's Automotive, 430 S. Billings Blvd.;
Laurel Furniture Outlet, 220 W. Main St.
Outside of Billings, there are also drop-off locations in Lockwood,
Shepherd, Huntley and Laurel.
The chipped trees
are used for mulch and bedding material at ZooMontana, Area parks,
Bike paths and Conservation centers.
As a courtesy service, the Forestry Division recycles post-holiday Christmas trees to be composted and used as organic cover at select sites.
Trees will be recycled into a natural compost/mulch. Please remove ALL ornaments, lights, wire, twine, etc. Please DO NOT cut the tree into smaller
pieces! Whole trees are more easily managed by our equipment. Wreaths and garlands are not accepted. We cannot chip this material for mulch. Please
dispose of these items properly.
This is a service for Bozeman residents, NOT for commercial disposal of leftover inventory.
Park is no longer a drop-off site)
Gallatin County Regional Park - Entrance on Oak St.
Christie Fields (on Mason Street) - Entrance on E Mason
Softball Complex (lower parking lot on Haggerty Lane) - Entrance on Haggerty Lane
Please call us at 582-3225 if you have any questions or
Republic Service will
also take trees at the these locations, starting after Christmas:
Cashman Nursey, 2055 Springhill Rd, Bozeman
8600 Huffine Ln, Bozeman
Lewis & Clark Park, E Central Ave,
Big Sky Community Park, Meadow Village, Big Sky
Gateway Market Exxon, 76250 Gallatin Rd, Gallatin Gateway
the street from Sir Scotts Oasis, 204 W Main St, Manhattan
Forks Rodeo Grounds, MT-2, Three Forks
West Yellowstone City
Hall, 440 Yellowstone Ave, West Yellowstone
Great Falls, MT
Recycle your live Christmas
trees at the following locations from: December 26, through January
1. Meadowlark Park - Fox Farm and Park Garden Road
2. Malmstrom AFB - 600
block of Aspen Street. (Base residents only)
decorations, tree stands etc., (no flocked trees).
"live Christmas trees only" in the container.
Fill out the form
from the top of the canister and put it in the canister slot so your
name can be added to the seedling list. Limit of (1) seedling per
residence. Please do not abuse this program or it may have to be
discontinued. The trees are used to improve fish habitat or
composted. This project is not for commercial tree disposal. The
seedling pick up location and dates will be announced in April
closer to Arbor Day. "Trees for a Greener Montana" is sponsored by:
The City of Great Falls and Montana Waste Systems, Inc. If you have
any questions, please call Public Works at 771-1401 or Montana Waste
Systems at 761-2545.
The City Of Kalispell will pick
up Christmas Trees beginning around January 2 (as usual there is nothing I - or anyone else - can find on their website). Place the trees at
the street in the boulevard area. The city will either chip or
dispose of the trees for a two week period. Volunteers will be
picking up trees. Mid-January will be the last day for curb side pick
up. Trees need to be free of ALL ornaments, stands, tinsel, garland
or other items considered decoration and placed standing up in
boulevards. Please no fake trees!
Thank you for your
assistance. For additional information call 758-7849
- Missoula, MT
Missoula Parks and Recreation's Urban Forestry Division is inviting citizens
to drop off their cut Christmas trees to be recycled into productive
mulch. To recycle your tree, drop it off at one of these sites
Residents may drop off cut Christmas trees at
three area parks and at Garden City Compost to be recycled into
productive mulch and conserve valuable landfill space.
may drop their trees, sans stands and decorations, at
Missoula Regional Park West, 36th Avenue parking lot ONLY. Please do
not leave yard waste or other refuse.
Garden City Compost, 1125
Clark Fork Ln., weekdays from 8 am to 4 pm. Please drop organic
materials only, and do not leave trees outside the gates at the
McCormick Park, 600 Cregg Ln.
Playfair Park, 3001 Bancroft.
Please remove tree stands and
decorations from the tree and do not dump yard waste or garbage. If
you'd like to support Christmas Ever-Green and help plant more
trees throughout Missoula, please consider making a donation to
Trees For Missoula. Donate online at the Friends of Missoula Parks
website ( www.fmparks.org ), phone 721-PARK, stop by Currents Aquatics
Center in McCormick Park, or mail donations to the Urban Forestry
Division, 100 Hickory St., Missoula, 59801. To learn more about how
you can support Missoula's urban forest, please visit
www.treesformissoula.org. For more information, call 721-PARK.