Indiana: Curbside and Local Recycling and Disposal Options for Christmas Trees, Lights and Other Holiday Waste in 2018
Scroll down this page for local 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 26 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!
Indianapolis, Marion County
- the City is making it easier than ever to dispose of live
Christmas trees after the holiday season. January 1 - January 31,
trash crews will pick up live Christmas trees curbside as part of
regular trash pick up at no additional charge to residents. To be
collected, residents must follow the following guidelines: Remove
all lights and ornaments from trees. Cut and bundle trees in 3-foot
to 4-foot sections. Place the tree at the curb on your regular trash
collection day in January. Residents may still drop their trees at
Indy Parks locations as they have done in years past at any of the
following parks locations:
Broad Ripple Park, 1610 Broad Ripple
Ave., South lot
Ellenberger Park, 5301 E. St. Clair Street, Main
Garfield Park, 2432 Conservatory Drive, MacAllister
Krannert Park, 605 S. High School Road, North parking lot
Perry Park, 451 Stop 11 Road, Southwest side of parking lot near
Riverside Park, 2420 N. Riverside Drive, Tennis court
Sahm Park, 6801 E. 91st Street, Soccer field parking
Northwestway Park, 5253 W. 62nd Street, Near the recycling
Christmas tree collection in January will not affect
residents’ regular trash limitations, it does not count against
youry weekly trash limit. Those in hand collection areas may leave
up to 10 kitchen-size bags of trash in addition to one Christmas
tree. Those in cart collection areas may leave up to two carts of
trash in addition to one Christmas tree.
If you cannot cut and
bundle my tree for collection on my regular trash day, you may leave
your tree at the curb on your monthly heavy trash collection day.
Trees left for pick-up on heavy trash days do not need to be cut and
bundled. Each tree will count as one heavy trash item.
January, residents may place their trees at the curb on heavy trash
days for collection. Each tree will count as one heavy trash item.
County, Fort Wayne area -
off your Christmas tree at the locations at right. Christmas trees
will not be picked up. Wreathes are not accepted. See the list at
right or call 449-7878.
- Carmel, IN - Free Christmas tree pickup
is available curbside on your regular trash days beginning January
1st. Please remove all decorations and do not bag your tree.
Christmas tree pick up is included in the program at no additional
cost. Please have Christmas trees cut in half and laid next to the
Columbus, IN - Wednesday, December 26th -
Friday, January 11th. City crews will be picking up residential
Christmas trees CURBSIDE (no alleys) the day following their regular
trash collection. Friday's trees will be collected on the following
Monday. There will be no special pick-ups made for Christmas trees
and collections will not be made on private streets. All trees (not
in bags) must be free of ornaments, hooks, stands, or nails and
placed at the curbside.
Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
Goshen, Indiana - Christmas Tree Disposal - Goshen
Street Department workers will pick up discarded Christmas trees
December 29–January 23. After removing the tree stand and all lights
and decorations, City residents may place their tree by the street
curb. No artificial trees will be collected, and no collections will
be made from City alleys. Please note that snow events will take
precedence over the collection of discarded trees. Residents wishing
to personally dispose of their tree – and all remaining trees after
January 23 – may take it/them to the Environmental Center at North
Indiana Avenue and County Road 19 (the first left turn north of
Wilden Avenue) Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The
trash-collection service will not take your discarded tree. If you
have questions, contact the Street Department at 534-9711 or
- Greenwood, IN - curbside Christmas tree
pickup is offered through January. Trees must be undecorated and not
bagged. Trees will be picked up and then transported to the city
recycling area on Fry road where they will be turned to mulch. Mulch
is generally available for free to Greenwood residents but no
information is available at this time.
Johnson County, Indiana - Christmas Tree Recycling, see the
image at right. The Johnson County Recycling District has the
resources to help you recycle or dispose of many of your unwanted
household items in an environmentally friendly way, if possible.
Call us at (317) 738-2546 for recycling/disposal information. The
District office will be closed December 24, 25, and 31st and January
1st. The Recycling District accepts the following items at the
District office, 900 Arvin Road, Suite A, Franklin:
such as computers, monitors, stereos, televisions (Fees apply for
TV’s and computer monitors) Cash or check only. Checks made payable
to JCSWMD), Cell phones with cords and chargers, PDA”s or Blackberry
devices, MP3 players or IPods, Printer ink cartridges,
Rechargeable batteries: includes rechargeable household batteries,
button batteries, power tool batteries, Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd),
Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion), Nickel Zinc
(Ni-Zn) or Lead (pb) under 2 lbs. For more information on recycling
rechargeable batteries, visit the Rechargeable Battery Recycling
Corporation, www.rbrc.org. We are
not able to accept alkaline batteries at this time. Unfortunately we
can not accept alkaline batteries at this time. Place them in with
your regular trash.
South Bend, Indiana - Drop off your tree or
have the City of South Bend pick it up. All trees are recycled at
Organic Resources into high quality mulch, which is provided at no
cost to South Bend residents. The Street Department offers two
options for the disposal of natural Christmas trees.
Option 1: Drop-off—Between Monday,
Dec. 28, 2015 through Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00
p.m., seven days a week, Christmas trees can be dropped off at three
designated locations in the city. Signs will be posted to direct
residents to designated drop-off points at the following three
Rum Village Park - Ewing Avenue at Gertrude Street
Pinhook Park - 2800 block of Riverside Drive
Park - Twyckenham Drive at Northside Blvd.
Please Note: Drop off
is for Christmas trees only. No trash is permitted under any
circumstances. Placing of any items other than Christmas trees is an
offense under the South Bend Municipal Code.
Option 2: Automatic pickup—This
will begin on Monday, January 4, 2016, through Friday, January 15,
2016. By this time, call-in orders will not be necessary. Residents
are asked to follow these guidelines for safe and efficient tree
All trees should be placed at curbside by 6:00 AM. Do
not place trees in the street or in alleys.
Please remove all
lights, ornaments, and metal, including tree stands or nails, before
discarding Christmas trees. Items left on trees can injure employees
or seriously damage the tree shredding equipment, leaving it
Artificial trees and trees containing any metal,
glass, or wire, will not be collected and will be the owner’s
responsibility to dispose. Finally, please note that in the event of
snowfall, plowing the streets will become a priority.
further information on Christmas tree pickup, please call the the
City of South Bend's 311 Service.
- Westfield, IN - offers curbside pick up
of trees through the week of January 15.