Maine: Curbside and Local Recycling and Disposal Options for Christmas Trees, Lights and Other Holiday Waste in 2019
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!
Christmas Tree Recycling
Beginning after the Monday Christmas you can drop off your tree at
the Public Works Department on North Street, 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday In observance of New Year's Day, Public Works
& Hatch Hill Landfill will be closed January 1st or beginning
Monday, December 28, 2015 you can drop off your tree at the Hatch
Hill Solid Waste Disposal Facility, South Belfast Avenue 8:00 a.m. -
4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. NO ARTIFICIAL TREES ACCEPTED AND
ALL TREES MUST BE FREE OF STANDS AND DECORATIONS. NO WREATHS OR
GARLANDS. Trees will be accepted through Friday, April 15, 2016 FREE
OF CHARGE. THERE WILL BE NO CURBSIDE PICK UP OF CHRISTMAS TREES. Any
questions please call Public Works at 626-2435 or Hatch Hill at
Residents may drop off Christmas
trees at Bangor Public Works, 530 Maine Ave. Drop off hours are
during daylight hours Monday through Sunday. As part of the City
commitment to recycle, the trees will be chipped, with some chips
being used as a mulch and erosion control throughout the City. The
remainder will be sold as bio mass. Please remove all wire and or
metal objects from trees. Residents without means of transportation
may place their tree curbside. Curbside collection will begin on
Monday, January 4. Curbside collection will end on Friday, January
Wreaths will not be collected for chipping either at Public
Works compound, or curbside. Discarded wreaths are to be placed
curbside with residential trash on the scheduled collection day. For
information please call 992-4500.
Following Christmas, the City provides two
means of disposal for resident’s Christmas trees. We provide a
central drop off site in the parking lot near the lower entrance to
the Brewer Auditorium off Wilson Street where the trees can be
dropped off anytime throughout the month of January. The second
option is trees can be taken to the Brewer Landfill during regular
business hours and added to the brush pile, free of charge. Trees
dropped off at the Auditorium are picked up weekly by the Public
Works Department and added to the brush pile at the landfill. Once a
year, the entire brush pile at the landfill is ground up by a
contractor, at no cost to the City, and the material is all reused.
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Christmas trees and Brush,
Demolition, Metal Goods, and Wood Waste: These items may be
deposited in a designated area pursuant to the fee schedule on these
page. The facility will accept up to the equivalent of two (2)
pick-up truck loads per day of separated materials. There is no
charge for Christmas Trees.
Cumberland and North Yarmouth
The Lions Club
will pick-up and recycle your Christmas Tree for a fee. All proceeds
will benefit the community and trees will be recycled and turned
into mulch for Cumberland residents. Please put out only trees for
collection (no wreaths!). To prepare trees for collection you must
remove ALL decorations (including lights, wires, ornaments, hooks,
tinsel, and garland) from trees. Trees must be placed curbside
before 8:00 AM on Saturday, January 3. You will be notified by email
if the scheduled pick-up date of January 3rd will be changed due to
inclement weather. To order your Christmas Tree pick-up: please
complete the form below to pay by credit card, or download this
mail-in form to pay by check. All orders need to be received BEFORE
Monday, December 29, 2014. Your Christmas Tree will be picked-up in
Cumberland and North Yarmouth. You can also donate to our Community
Service Fund to help us distribute poinsettias and fruit baskets
during the Holiday Season to local shut-ins, bereaved, elderly, and
lonely community members. If you have any questions, please contact
us at 829-5063 or e-mail:
Put trees curbside by 7 am on
the Monday after New Year's Day (January 1st). Each city street will
be collected only once/ After that trees can be brought to the
transfer station free of charge for Saco residents.
South Berwick, Maine
Christmas trees can be
brought to the Transfer Station during normal operating hours. The
Recycling Center is located on Agamenticus Road. (Take a right off
of Portland Street at the monument).
South Portland, Maine
Christmas trees are collected
for approximately 3 weeks following Christmas. Collections will be
picked up by Public Works crews, not Pine Tree Waste. Please set
leaf bags and trees curbside, but away from your trash barrels.
Specific dates of both collections will be advertised in the
Portland Press Herald and the South Portland Sentry, as well as on
the city website and via South Portland’s e-community newsletter. If
you should miss the collection dates, these items can be brought to
the Transfer Facility, free of charge.
Call 871-SORT at ecomaine or