Scroll down this page for local NYC and Long Island New York 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!
NYC and Long Island New York: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays January 2022
General Methods - The Top Ways to Get Rid of Your Christmas Tree
(or for those who are still politically "correct", your "holiday
tree". Yeah, good luck with that...
Curbside - New York City Christmas Tree Recycling Schedule
- Composting: Weather permitting, DSNY will collect clean Christmas trees starting on Thursday, January 6, 2022 through Saturday,
January 15, 2022..
leave your tree with the Parks Department, they will recycle it
for you later. The trees are chipped,
mixed with leaves, and recycled into rich compost for NYC's
parks, institutions, and community gardens. Remove all lights,
ornaments, stands, and plastic bags from your tree; trees that
still have these items attached will be collected as garbage.
Recycling: Remove ornaments from fake trees that are mostly
metal or rigid plastic, and put out next to your recycling
container on regular recycling days. Garbage: Except for the
dates indicated in early January, Christmas trees are collected
as garbage. Discard fake trees that are not mostly metal or
rigid plastic with regular trash.
Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
Residents are encouraged to put out their discarded trees at
curbside as early as possible during the collection period. DSNY
asks residents to remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights, and
ornaments from trees before placing them out for collection. DO NOT
place trees in plastic bags. Trees will be chipped into mulch that
will be distributed to parks, playing fields, and community gardens
throughout the city.
Take your tree to a Mulchfest drop off site- December 26 to January 9, 2022 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Bring
your holiday tree to a designated city park to be recycled into
mulch that will nourish plantings across the city! For more information on Christmas tree collection and recycling and/or Mulchfest, visit
the parks department website
or see this city page or simply call 311. The locations are on their website.
Fake Tree Recycling: Remove ornaments from
fake trees that are mostly metal or rigid plastic, and put out next
to your recycling container on regular recycling days.The City will
accept and chip Christmas trees at the annual MulchFest events at selected park locations throughout the five boroughs. They also have
Chipping days: Saturday, January 8, 2022 and Sunday, January 9, 2022, from 10:00 am
to 2:00 pm: Join us on Chipping Weekend to take home a
tree-mento! We'll chip your tree and give you your very own bag
of mulch to use in your backyard. The Staten Island Mulchfest collection locations are:
Clove Lakes Park (chipping happens here - this is the
only site to collect the mulch)
Conference House Park
Midland Beach parking lot number 8
Silver Lake Tennis House
Wolfe's Pond Park
- Private companies who will pick up for a fee
- Tyler's Trees
and NYC Trees
offer tree removal services.
Generally starting at (Prices may have changed!) $50 and going up!
Except for the dates indicated in early January, Christmas trees are
collected as garbage. Discard fake trees that are not mostly metal
or rigid plastic with regular trash.
Long Island City and Town Specific Information
- Christmas Trees can be collected at
the curb, separate from garbage, as brush on Sunday nights
preceding leaf weeks (do not bag). There is a special week for
Christmas trees to allow them to be recycled (please check the
calendar). If over 6 feet must be cut in half or brought to the
Town landfill. Make sure to remove any stands, lights, ornaments, bags etc. Artificial trees are NOT accepted.
- Christmas trees can be placed on the curb on your regular yard
waste day for pickup. The trees are placed at town beaches to
- East Hampton - Put Christmas trees out by
the curb so the highway department can collect them and
chip them for compost.
- The city has an annual
Chip-A-Tree event on the second Saturday in January at Morgan
Park. Glen Cove Beautification also sponsors free Christmas Tree mulching at our Chip-A-Tree Event which will be held on
Saturday, a around January 9 - 11th (nothing on their website in mid-December yet) from 8:30 am until 12:00 noon at the Morgan Park parking lot. The first 50 residents will receive free evergreen
saplings to plant at their homes and everyone can enjoy free coffee and donuts. Trees can also be dropped off prior to the event beginning
around January 4 at the designated Morgan Park parking lot location. After
January event, Christmas trees will be picked up curbside on
Wednesdays with yard waste by the Glen Cove's Sanitation
Department. For more information, call the Glen Cove Department
of Parks & Recreation at (516) 676-3766.
- Christmas trees, wreaths and yard waste
will be collected on the first two Wednesdays in January. Residents are
asked to place trees and wreaths at the curb before 6 am and
no earlier than 7 pm the night before the special collection
- Huntington - Christmas trees are collected
crubside as yard waste on regular yard waste pickup days. Trees
are taken to the town's yard waste facility and tiuirned into
mulch. Residents can get free mulch at the center.
- They pick up Christmas trees with
winter yard waste Monday through Thursday in January. The trees
are turned into mulch.
- For residents who wish to dispose of
their Christmas tree, you can put it outside, separate from the
regular garbage, for pickup by a special truck on your regular
pickup day, which for the East End is Monday & Thursday and for
the West End is Tuesday & Friday.
- Residents can leave live
Christmas trees curbside on normal yard waste collection days
for the first two weeks of January. Please remove all
decorations, lights and ornaments. The trees are repurposed into
mulch. This saves other trees from being cut down while reducing
the space it would take up in a landfill. Residents can recycle
their holiday lights and unwanted electronics. Under New York
State law, e-waste may no longer be disposed of curbside but
must be brought to one of our drop-off sites (information
below). Collected electronic waste is hauled off by the town's
EPA certified e-waste recycler, who disassembles the items, salvages the useable parts, separates out potentially damaging
materials, and recycles the balance. Residents can dispose
energy-gulping holiday lights until the end of January, and
other unwanted electronics on Sundays from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm at North Hempstead's residential drop-off site, located at
999 West Shore Road in Roslyn. E-waste can also be disposed of
during the weekdays at North Hempstead's Solid Waste Management
Authority (SWMA), located at 802 West Shore Road in Port
Washington, Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 4 pm., excluding holidays. For more information on "Tree-Cycling", please call 311 or visit
- In sanitation collection districts
just put out Christmas trees to the curb on your regular
S.O.R.T. collection day as part of yourr regular yard waste
collection. Sanitation crews will pick up the trees and take
them to compost facilities where some of the compost is made
available, free-of-charge, to residents for use on their home
gardening and landscaping projects. For more information
regarding the town's yard waste or sanitation collection, call
the Sanitation & Recycling Collection Division at (516)
677-5848. There are also two drop-off locations for safe
disposal of discarded Christmas trees within the town. The
drop-off locations will be located at John J. Burns Park in
Massapequa and William Bennett Community Center in Hicksville.
- Riverhead - Christmas trees will be picked
up on regular yard waste days. Later, all trees picked up will
be taken to the town yard waste facility, where they will be
ground up in the spring.
- Shelter Island - Residents must bring trees
themselves - or have their carter do it - to the town recycling
center, where they are eventually chopped up along with the
other brush and turned into ground cover or composted.
- The highway department will pick up discarded Christmas trees
any weekday through the end of January. Residents on private
roads and gated communities must contact their trash service or
maintenance provider to dispose of trees. Trees picked up by the
town Highway Department usually are chipped and taken to the
- Christmas trees may be brought for
free disposal during January at Christmas Trees Town Transfer
Stations; 631-283-5210; January 1 through January 31 North Sea, Hampton Bays and
WesthamptonNorth Sea facility at 1370 Majors
Path, Southampton; 32 Jackson Ave., Hampton Bays; and 66 Old
Country Rd., Westhampton. Trees, which must be free of all
ornaments and wires, are grinded down for mulch.
- Christmas trees can be dropped off at no
charge at the town's compost site on Cox Lane in Cutchogue, located alongside the old landfill. Trees must be free of all
ornaments, and are grinded down for mulch. Residents can get 500
pounds of free mulch per year.
- Christmas trees should be
placed at curbside on regular refuse collection day. As part of
the City's Recycling program, this division collects newspapers
and commingle recyclables at curbside on Alternate Wednesday's.
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information and more details. For more information, call