Scroll down this page for local South Dakota 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!
South Dakota: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays January 2022
The yard waste site is located on 456th
Ave just North of the Waste Water Treatment Plant and is open year
round, 24 hours a day. You can dispose of sticks, branches, leaves,
Christmas trees, and pumpkins.
Rapid City, SD
Rapid City Christmas Tree Recycling Program
The three locations are:
- Entrance to the Rapid City Landfill
24/7 site: South Highway 79
- West Boulevard North: Anamosa
Street & Service Road West I-190
- Fitzgerald Stadium parking
lot: Sheridan Lake Road across from Sioux Park
Please place trees
in designated areas
NO plastic bags, ornaments and lights
Please remember to recycle the damaged Christmas light at any of the
designated locations or simply place them in your blue bin.
Residents may continue to bring Christmas trees, yard waste and
branched to the Rapid City Landfill at no charge, Monday through
Friday from 7 am to 4:45pm, Saturday 7 am to 2:45pm.
have any questions, please contact the Rapid City Solid Waste
Department Beth-Anne Ferley 605-355-3496
And for Rapid City Christmas Light
During the week of
Thanksgiving Christmas light recycling containers will be
at various facilities throughout the city. These containers will be
available through January. This is a project that is very
simple, easy and will keep the lights out of the landfill and saves
Facilities with Christmas Light Recycling
Family Thrift Stores: 1516 East St Patrick St, 855
Omaha St, 751 Mountain View Road
Boyd's~Baken Park: Entrance
into Boyd's Liquor
Public Safety Building: 300 Kansas City St
Rapid City Library: 610 Quincy St
CSAC Building - 300 Sixth
Journey Museum - 222 New York St
Rapid City Landfill
Sioux Falls, SD
Beginning Wednesday, December 26th, and continuing through
Sunday, January 12, 2020, the Sioux Falls Regional Sanitary Landfill
will offer two sites for residents to drop off their real Christmas
trees for free.
1015 East Chambers Street, west of Cliff Avenue
by the Household Hazardous Waste Facility and Public Works Street
Division. Access is available from North Drive to East Ash Street to
Chambers Street, and from North Cliff Avenue to Chambers Street. The
driveway just north of the Household Hazardous Waste Facility is the
only access point.
100 North Lyon Boulevard, west of the W.H.
Lyon Fairgrounds. Access is available from West 12th Street to North
Lyon Boulevard, and from West Madison Street to North Lyon
Boulevard. The driveway north of the railroad crossing is the only
December 26th - Sunday, January 13
(closed New Years Day)
Hours of operation are:
Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm.
Sunday: 12 noon to 5 pm
There will be no charge for cars, pickups, full-size SUVs, vans, or
Larger loads, lawn service companies, and
commercial businesses will not be accepted at the temporary drop-off
sites and must go directly to the Sioux Falls Regional Sanitary
Large loads and commercial loads will not be accepted
and must go directly to the Sioux Falls Regional Sanitary Landfill.
The customer must remove all accessories from the Christmas trees,
including lights, ornaments, decorations, and stands. Artificial
trees, bags, leaves, rubble, or household garbage will not be
For more information, please contact the Sioux Falls
Regional Sanitary Landfill at 367-8162.
- Watertown, SD
Christmas trees stripped of all
lights, ornaments, and decorations will be picked up for the two
weeks following Christmas on normal collection days. Christmas trees
should not be placed in plastic bags. Exact dates will be announced
using local media. After this period, Christmas trees and
appropriate tipping fee will need to be brought to the landfill by
The City of Yankton will have a one-time pickup of Christmas trees
on Monday, January 6, 2020. The City is asking for Yankton residents
to place Christmas trees by the front curb no later than 7:00 am
on Monday, January 6, 2020, as there will be no Christmas tree pick
up in alleys. In addition, there will be a Christmas tree drop-off
point for Yankton residents at the after-hours yard waste location
at the east gate of the Transfer Station Christmas trees can also be
taken to the Yankton Transfer Station during regular business hours
of Monday through Saturday from 8:00 am to 3:45 pm
. Phone: (605) 668-5251