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Christmas tree recycling

Scroll down this page for local Kansas 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 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!

Kansas January 2021 Curbside, Local Recycling and Disposal Options for Trees, Lights and Other Holiday Waste

Kansas January 2021 Curbside, Local Recycling and Disposal Options for Trees, Lights and Other Holiday Waste

Pick-up Services

  • Lawrence, KS - Recycling your Christmas tree following the holidays is a great way to return it to nature! Place live-cut trees at the curb or alley by 6:00 a.m. on your collection service day throughout the month of January. Christmas trees are collected separate from trash and given a second life as wildlife habitat. Please remove all artificial items including tinsel, lights, ornaments and tree stands. For more information, please call 832-3032 or email [email protected].
  • Lenexa - Lenexa residents only - (913) 982-3900
  • Merriam to Merriam residents only - (913) 322-5570

Drop-Off Locations

  • Bonner Springs -North Park, 1200 S. 134th St., Bonner Springs, Kan., (913) 441-1662
  • Bonner Springs - Wyandotte County Park, 126th & State Avenue, Bonner Springs, Kan., (913) 573-8327.
  • Johnson County, Kansas - Johnson County free Christmas tree recycling starts the day after Christmas. Johnson County Government will have three locations where people can recycle their natural Christmas trees for free. Johnson County Parks & Recreation will accept post-holiday contributions of natural Christmas trees at these locations:
    The northeast corner of the marina parking lot in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee.
    The Heritage Park marina parking lot, 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe.
    The north side of the marina parking lot in Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe.
    Trees can be dropped off at all three sites from December 26 through January 31 during regular winter park hours, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., except at Shawnee Mission Park which opens at 6 a.m. in the winter. Crews will mulch some of the trees for use on park trails and in landscaping while others will be used to improve fish habitat in park lakes. No other yard waste will be accepted at these locations. Wrapping or any plastic should be removed from the trees as well as any remaining decorations or lights. There is no charge for tree disposal and this program is open to anyone regardless of residency. For additional information call the John Barkley Visitor Center at Shawnee Mission Park (913) 888-4713
  • Kansas City, Kansas - City Park, 2601 Park Dr., Kansas City, Kan., (913) 573-8327
  • Kansas City, Kansas - Alvey Park, 4834 Metropolitan Avenue, Kansas City, Kan., (913) 573-8327
  • Lansing - Transfer Station, 24967 136th St., Lansing, Kan., (913) 727-2858
  • Leavenworth - Municipal Brush Site, 1803 S. 2nd St., Leavenworth, Kan., (913) 758-6616
  • Lee's Summit - City of Lee's Summit Yard Waste Dropoff Center, 2101 SE Hamblen Rd., Lees Summit, Mo., (816) 969-1804
  • Lenexa - Little Mill Creek North Park, 7900 Cottonwood, Lenexa, Kan., (913) 541-8592.
  • Olathe - Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe, Kan., (913) 441-8669
  • Olathe - Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Rd., Olathe, Kan., (913) 441-8669
  • Overland Park - You can drop off your tree from December 26 through Sunday, January 5, 2020, at the following locations:
    Young's Park, 7701 Antioch, Overland Park, Kansas.
    Indian Creek Recreation Center, 10308 Marty, Overland Park, Kansas.
    Quivira Park, 11901 Quivira, Overland Park, Kansas.
    the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, 8909 W. 179th Street.
    Please remove all lights, tinsel, ornaments, presents (yes, sometimes gifts are found), and tree stand. For more information, contact Jim Twigg, environmental programs coordinator, at 913-895-6273 or by email at [email protected] .
  • Sedgewick County, KS -
    Cheney, E. South Ave. and Garfield
    Clearwater, Aquatic Center Parking Lot
    Colwich, 115 N. 3rd St.
    Derby, 2801 E. James
    Garden Plain, the Water Tower
    Goddard, Means Park
    Kechi, 107 Sioux St.
    Maize, 201 S. Park
    Mount Hope, 400 S. Thomas
    Mulvane, 117 E. Main St.
    Park City, 6801 N. Hydraulic
    Valley Center, Veterans Park
  • Shawnee - Deffenbaugh Recycling Center, 17955 Holiday Dr., Shawnee, Kan., (913) 631-3300
  • Shawnee - Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee, Kan., (913) 831-3355.
  • Topeka, Kansas - Join the Forestry Division in our efforts to recycle. Bring your Christmas trees to the Forestry Disposal
    Site at I-70 and MacVicar Road and let your tree be recycled into mulch. Other drop-off sites will be
    offered at Crestview and Oakland Community Centers. Disposal fees for Christmas trees will be waived from December 26 through January 31. The disposal site is open Monday to Saturday from 8 am to 12 noon and 1 pm to 4:45pm year-round (except holidays) for
    leaves, brush, tree branches and grass clippings. Chips produced from the trees will be reused by the Horticulture section as mulch for flower beds. Call 368-3700 for more details. Please help us by removing all tinsel, ornaments, string, and wire from your
  • Wichita, KS - take your old live Christmas trees to one of the locations listed below:

    Boston Park, 6655 E. Zimmerly, Kansas
    Buffalo Park, 10209 Hardtner, Kansas
    College Hill United Methodist Church, 1st and Erie, Kansas
    Earhart Environmental Magnet School, 4401 N. Arkansas, Kansas
    Sedgwick County Extension Education Center, 7001 W. 21st St. N, Kansas.
    Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E. 29th St. N., Kansas
    Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 Museum Blvd., Kansas
    Osage Park, 2121 W. 31st St. S., Kansas
    South Linwood Park, Hydraulic and Mt. Vernon, Kansas