Christmas tree recycling

Scroll down this page for local Arkansas 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,Grinding Christmas trees into mulch 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 often made available, free to city or county residents.

Recycling other items:

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!

Arkansas: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays January 2022

  • Arkansas Game and Fish Commission locations across the state :
    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission takes the Christmas tree you drop off at several sites around the state for use in improving the state's fisheries.

    Trees can be dropped off at any of the following locations until the end of January:

    Central Arkansas

    • Arkansas River - Verizon Access beneath the I-30 Bridge
    • Cox Creek Lake - Cox Creek Lake Public Access
    • Greers Ferry Lake - Sandy Beach (Heber Springs), Devils Fork Recreation Area and Choctaw Recreation Area (Choctaw-Clinton)
    • Lake Conway - Lawrence Landing Access
    • Harris Brake Lake - Chittman Hill Access
    • Lake Overcup - Lake Overcup Landing
    • Lake Barnett - Reed Access
    • Lake Hamilton - Andrew Hulsey State Fish Hatchery Access Area

    East Arkansas

    • Cook's Lake - Potlatch Conservation Education Center at 625 Cook's Lake Rd., Casscoe, or the bus lot across from Grand Avenue United Methodist Church in Stuttgart.

    Northeast Arkansas

    • Jonesboro - Craighead Forest Park Lake boat ramp
    • Lake Bono - Boat Ramp Access
    • Lake Walcott - Crowley's Ridge State Park Boat Ramp Access

    Northwest Arkansas

    • Beaver Lake - Highway 12 Access and AGFC Don Roufa Hwy 412 Access
    • Lake Elmdale - Boat Ramp Access
    • Bob Kidd Lake - Boat Ramp Access
    • Crystal Lake - Boat Ramp Access

    Southeast Arkansas

    • Lake Chicot - Connerly Bayou Access Area
    • Lake Monticello - Hunger Run Access

    Southwest Arkansas

    • Bois d'Arc Lake - Kidd's Landing or Hatfield Access
    • Millwood Lake - Cottonshed, White Cliffs Recreation Areas and the Millwood State Park ramp on the point
    • Dierks Lake - Jefferson Ridge South Recreation Area
    • De Queen Lake - Any U.S. Army Corps of Engineers boat ramp
    • Gillham Lake - Any U.S. Army Corps of Engineers boat ramp
    • Lake Greeson - New Cowhide Cove and Self Creek Recreation areas
    • Camden - AGFC Regional Office on Ben Lane, next to the National Guard Armory
    • Upper White Oak Lake - Upper Jack's Landing
    • Magnolia - Columbia County Road Department Yard on Highway 371
    • El Dorado - City recycling center drop-offs: one behind Arby's and one on South Jackson
    • Smackover - Recycling Drop-Off Center (these will be transported to El Dorado)
    • South Fork Lake - South Fork Lake Access
    • Terre Noire Lake - Terre Noire Lake Access
    • Hope - AGFC Regional Office on U.S. Highway 67 East

    For more information, call (501) 223-6300.
  • Little Rock, AR - Little Rock provides curbside pickup of trees. They should be disposed of like other yard waste.
  • Maumelle, Arkansas - Grinding of the Greens: Recycle your Christmas tree! Trees may be placed curbside for collection during the month of January on your regular yard waste pick up day. Please remove all lights, tinsel, etc. For more information, call 501-851-2888. Reminder: All holiday boxes and wrapping paper (except foil-lined) can be recycled at the transfer station at 600 Cogdell Drive, Maumelle.