Scroll down this page for local Maryland 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!
Maryland January 2021 Curbside, Local Recycling and Disposal Options for Trees, Lights and Other Holiday Waste
Maryland January 2021 Curbside, Local Recycling and Disposal Options for Trees, Lights and Other Holiday Waste
- Curbside Tree Collection for residents for residents who cannot bring
their trees in for mulching, DPW will offer curbside tree collection
from Wednesday, January 2nd through January 31. Residents should
set out trees on their regularly scheduled trash collection day, at
the same location where their trash is collected. As a reminder, all
tinsel and ornaments must be removed from trees before they are set
out for curbside collection, or brought in for mulching.
DPW offers tree mulching from 9 am to 2 pm.,
Monday through Saturday, beginning January 6 (except City holidays)
at the Northwest Citizens' Convenience Center, 2840 Sisson Street.
Residents may bring their own bags or containers if they wish to
collect mulch for their own use. Community groups are also
encouraged to bring bags or containers and collect free mulch for
neighborhood gardens while supplies last. Just make sure all tinsel
and ornaments are removed before mulching. Mulching continues
through January 31. Drop off trees at
2840 Sisson Street
Baltimore, MD 21211. Residents
may bring bags or containers if they wish to collect mulch for their own use.
Community groups are also encouraged to bring bags or containers and collect
free mulch for neighborhood gardens, while supplies last. . For additional information on these and other
Solid Waste services, please call 311 or
Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
- The curbside collection of live Christmas trees for recycling in
Baltimore County will take place over a two-week period,
beginning Monday, every Mid-January . Because Christmas tree collection dates will vary from
place to place, residents must have trees set out no later than
Saturday, in mid-January to ensure collection.
Christmas Tree Recycling Collection Begins Monday, January 11, 2021. Though this special
collection will occur over a two-week period, specific Christmas tree collection dates will vary from place to place; residents must have trees
set out no later than Saturday, January 16, 2021 to ensure collection. Residents should place trees out for pick-up at the same location where
they would normally place trash and recycling for collection. Set out live trees only (not artificial), and make sure the tree is completely
bare; no lights, decorations, tinsel, bags or tree stands.. As usual, residents must follow
these rules when placing their Christmas trees out to be
- Only set out live (not
- Set out the tree only (no lights,
decorations, tinsel, bags, tree stands, etc.).
County collectors will pick up Christmas trees in standard
trash/recycling trucks, and deliver them to County facilities to
be chipped and later used as mulch. Baltimore County residents
who live in an apartment or condominium should follow their
property manager's rules when recycling their Christmas trees.
Residents who wish to drop off
Christmas trees themselves may do so starting
December 26. Christmas trees (no lights, decorations, tinsel,
bags, tree stands, etc.) may be taken to any one of the County's
three drop-off locations.
Eastern Sanitary Landfill Solid Waste Management
6259 Days Cove Road, off 11400 block of Pulaski
Monday to Saturday, 7:30 am to 3:30 pm
Baltimore County Resource Recovery Facility
201 Warren Road, facility entrance is on Drop-off Drive, off
Warren Road, a quarter mile west of York Road and a quarter mile
east of Beaver Dam Road
Monday to Saturday, 7 am to 4 pm
Western Acceptance Facility
3310 Transway Road, off 4500 block of Hollins Ferry Road
Monday to Saturday, 7
am to 4 pm
lick here for more recycling information.
For additional information or directions to the
County's three drop-off centers, please visit
Solid Waste Management
- Allegany County, MD - County Recycling Drop Off Site, Phone: (301) 777-5933. 18622
Lower Town Creek Rd SE, Oldtown, MD 21555. The Oldtown Collection Area accepts Christmas Trees beginning December 26 to mid-January. After
this date, all Christmas trees are to be taken to Allegany County Government's Compost Site at 11700 PPG Road, North Branch Industrial Park, off of
Maryland Route 51 South. Please remove lids, empty and thoroughly rinse all containers before recycling and flatten materials if
possible. Services are restricted to residents of Allegany County only. Email: [email protected]
Anne Arundel County
401-222-6103. Click the link at left for curbside
collection dates. Yard waste is composed of leaves, grass clippings,
garden waste, and brush (such as twigs, prunings, and small
branches), and small trees (including Christmas trees and wreaths).
Anne Arundel County collects and composts yard waste, thereby
keeping a valuable resource from taking up expensive space in a
landfill. Natural garland, wreaths, and Christmas trees are yard
waste. They are chipped into mulch, a valuable soil covering. Please
remove tree stand, bags, metal ornament hangers, and all
decorations. Cut very tall trees in half so that the tree will fit
into the contractor's truck. Natural garland, wreaths, and Christmas
trees will be collected on your collection day. Yard waste is
collected at the curb on your collection day all year round.
your natural garland, wreaths, and Christmas trees at the curb
before 6 am on your collection day or bring your items to any one
of our Recycling Center
- Carroll County
- Call for updates: Phone:
- Taneytown. Friday, second week in
January. Place the tree with decorations, lights, tinsel, etc.
removed at the curb by 5 am
- Hampstead. Monday, Second and 3rd
Mondays in January. Place the tree with decorations, lights, tinsel,
etc. removed at the curb on Sunday evening.
- Manchester. Last 2
Fridays in January. Place the tree with decorations, lights, tinsel,
etc. removed at curb on Thursday evening.
- Mount Airy. Second
Saturday in January. Place the tree with decorations, lights,
tinsel, etc. removed at the curb by 6 am
- New Windsor. Second
and Third Wednesdays in January. Place the tree with decorations,
lights, tinsel, etc. removeds in front of house. Main Street
residents should place trees in the alleys behind their homes.
Sykesville. Second and Third Thursday in January. Place the tree
with decorations, lights, tinsel, etc. removeds at the curb
- Westminster. First 3 Mondays in January
(after January 1st). Place the tree with decorations, lights,
tinsel, etc. removeds curbside Sunday evening. Trees can also be
dropped off until March 31 at the Westminster Skate Park, at the
corner of Tuc Road and Locust Street, next to the Dumpster.
Union Bridge. No tree collection is provided
OR drop off your Christmas tree at one of the following locations to be recycled
and re-used. Before dropping off your tree, remove all non-organic objects, such as lights, wire, tinsel, and ornaments. Carroll County Government
locations are: Carroll County Resource Recovery Park (Northern Landfill and Recycling Center), 1400 Baltimore Boulevard, Westminster, Monday through
Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. or Hoods Mill Landfill, 7901 Kabik Court, Woodbine, the first and third Saturday of the
month, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 410-386-4550 during inclement weather for operating hours. Residents living within a municipality are encouraged to
contact town and city offices for the Christmas tree pick-up schedule. Residents living outside incorporated areas should contact their waste hauler
to find out if Christmas tree pick-up is provided. For more information, contact the Carroll County Resource Recovery Park (Northern Landfill and
Recycling Center) at 410-386-4550 or Maria Myers, Carroll County Government Recycling Manager, at 410-386-2510.
- Charles County, MD -
Christmas Tree Recycling - Phone: 301-645-0550. Recycle your Christmas tree into free mulch! Drop off ornament and tinsel-free Christmas trees at
one of the County's 12 Christmas tree drop-off sites.
From December 26th, through January 10, 2021 during Normal Operating Hours Only
plastic bags, please. Look for the Christmas tree recycling sign at the following locations:
Breeze Farm Recycling Center: 15950 Cobb Island
Road, Cobb Island
Calvary Gospel Church - Route 228, 11150 Berry Road, Waldorf
Charles County Courthouse - Talbot Street, La
Charles County Landfill Recycling Center*: 12305 Billingsley Road, Waldorf
Gilbert Run Park Recycling Center: 13140
Charles Street, Charlotte Hall
Pinefield Park: Pinewood Drive, Waldorf
Piney Church Yard Waste Facility: Piney Church Road, Waldorf
Recycling Center*: 6645 Mason Springs Road, La Plata
Route 5 Park N' Ride: Mattawoman-Beantown Road, Waldorf
Radio Station Road: Across from
Laurel Springs Park in La Plata
Ruth B. Swann Memorial Park: Ruth B. Swan Drive, Bryans Road (Off Route 210)
St. Nicholas Drive: St. Nicholas
Drive, Waldorf (Off Smallwood Drive) .
- Dorchester County, Maryland - Golden Hill Transfer Station accepts undecorated Christmas trees. Services are restricted to
residents of Dorchester County only. Phone: (410) 397-3865
3270 Golden Hill Rd, Church Creek, MD 21622. This site is located 1.5 miles East
of Route 335 and Route 336.
Please remove all tinsel, ornaments, lights, tree stands, plastic ties, etc. before bringing your tree for recycling at
any of the county's seven convenient drop off locations.
(Frederick County does not provide curbside collection of
Christmas trees, but many municipalities and homeowners
associations do; please inquire with your local office for
information.) December 26th through late January . Frederick County Recycles Facebook page
Reichs Ford Road Yard Waste Recycling Site -
9031 Reichs Ford RD, Frederick, MD 21704
Ballenger Creek Park
(second parking lot on the left) - 5420 Ballenger Creek Pike,
Frederick, MD 21703
Kemptown Park (lower left parking lot) -
3456B Kemptown Church RD, Monrovia, MD 21770
Recycling Center (gravel lot by maintenance shop road) - 7628
Coblentz RD, Middletown, MD 21769
Point of Rocks Ruritan Club
(left side of parking lot) - 1637 Ballenger Creek Pike, Point of
Rocks, MD 21777
Eyler Road Park (fenced area on right) - 30
Eyler RD, Thurmont, MD 21788
Heritage Farm Park (yard
trimmings collection site) - 9224 Devilbiss Bridge RD,
Walkersville, MD 21793.
For a printable flyer listing all sites
click here .
Garrett County, Maryland -
The landfill, located at 3118 Oakland Sang Run Road accepts Christmas trees. Please remove all tinsel, lights,
garland and ornaments before recycling tree. (NOTE: The trees are recycled with DNR Fisheries and used as habitats.)
Phone 301-387-0322. Email:
[email protected]. ALL Garrett County Solid Waste & Recycling Sites will be closed on
Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Main Office is now OPEN normal operating hours, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Saturdays the landfill closes at
noon and the scales are closed. No commercial loads, or loads that need to be weighed, will be accepted on Saturdays until April 15, 2021
ELECTRONICS: All Electronics and Microwaves, (No TV's or CRT's), No Appliances (especially ones that have/had Freon). Grantsville, Bumble Bee, Kings
Run, Landfill and Garrett Highway; Check with Horizon Goodwill stores and local schools & churches that may have recycling programs for computers.
Harford County - the Christmas Tree
Recycling Program has been established since 1989. Over 90,000
trees have been turned in by county residents for recycling
saving valuable landfill space. Christmas trees are ground into
mulch along with other yard and garden trimmings at the 6-acre
paved Composting Facility at the Harford Waste Disposal Center.
Curbside Tree Recycling - Through January 19 - County
residents with curbside yard trim collection can place their
tree out for pickup on their yard trim collection day. Trees
that are placed out on trash collection day will not be
collected during yard trim collection season. After January
19th, when curbside yard trim collection is no longer available,
trees can be placed out for trash collection and will be sent to
a landfill (please only use this as a last option). Not sure if
you receive yard trim service? Call 410-313-6444.
After the holidays, recycle your cut Christmas tree for free at
HWDC Mulch and Compost Facility at 3135
Scarboro Road in Street, from 7 am to 3 pm. Monday through
Saturday; and at the
Tollgate Yard Trim Drop Off site at 703
N. Tollgate Road in Bel Air on Saturdays only from 7 am to 3 pm.
Trees must be free of lights, decorations, tinsel,
bags, and tree stands. Did you know you can recycle clothing,
textiles, electronics and more for free in Harford County? To
learn more, visit our recycling Web page.Throughout the year, residents may visit the Composting Facility
at 3241 Scarboro Road, Street, for three 30-gallon bags or cans
of free mulch or compost. Residents must supply their own bags
or 30-gallon trash cans. Larger quantities of mulch or compost
are available for purchasing. This is a very popular program, so
residents should call the Harford Waste Disposal Center at
(410) 638-3417 or Email:
[email protected]. for availability.
Click here to View Trimming Drop-Off Locations.
Curbside Tree Recycling -
Through the 3rd Friday in January County residents with curbside yard trim collection
can place their tree out for pickup on their yard trim collection day.
Trees that are placed out on trash collection day will not be collected
during yard trim collection season. After the 3rd Friday in January, when curbside
yard trim collection is no longer available, trees can be placed out for
trash collection and will be sent to a landfill (please only use this as
a last option). Not sure if you receive yard trim service?
tree out the night before. Trees are picked up by the yard trim truck as
early as 6am or as late as 7pm.
Remove all tinsel,
garland, ornaments, lights, tree stands, plastic bags, etc.
to bag, but trees must be cut into less than 4 foot lengths and tied.
Bundles must weigh less than 40 pounds.
drop off your tree: You
can help keep thousands of trees out of the landfill by placing you tree
at the curb on your recycling day or by taking your tree to a Merry
Mulch drop-off site. These trees will be mulched and given a new life.
Tree Drop-off Sites - Look for Merry Mulch signs at the following
drop-off sites (Remove all tinsel, garland, ornaments, lights, tree
stands, plastic bags, etc)
Clarksville - Kendall Hardware
(12260 Rt. 108)
Columbia - Cedar Lane Park (5081 Cedar Lane)
Grandfather's Garden Center - (5320 Phelps Luck Dr.)
Rockburn Park (5400 Landing Road)
Ellicott City - Small Circuit Court
parking lot on upper Court House Drive (just past Ellicott Mills Drive,
on the right)
Highland - Schooley Mill Park (12975 Hall Shop Road)
Marriottsville - Alpha Ridge Landfill Wood Waste Area (2350
Savage - Savage Park (8400 Fair Street)
Woodbine - Western Regional Park (14800 Carrs Mill Road)
Check out the list of drop-off sites and more information
. For a
handy chart of collections,
visit our Holiday Schedule webpage
Kent County, MD - Services are restricted to residents of
Kent County only.
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 8am to 4pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm... but they don't explain WHAT the services are or where! So,
you'll have to call or email and ask them! Phone: 410-778-2600. It looks like undecorated Christmas trees might meet the definitions of "Yard
Waste". Kent County has five recycling centers positioned throughout the county:
Nicholson Drop-off Center
Duck Puddle Drop-off Center
Sharptown Drop-off Center (Rock Hall)
Worton Park Maintenance - parking lot
10932 Worton Rd.
Worton, MD 21678
Town of Rock
6045 Main St.
Rock Hall, MD 21661
All recycling centers will accept corrugated cardboard, newspaper, catalogs, phone books, hard cover
books, junk mail, envelopes w/ windows, mixed paper, paper board such as cereal boxes, shoe boxes, toilet paper & paper towel tubes, narrow neck
plastic bottles and jugs, mixed tin & aluminum cans, clear, brown and green glass.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the
Kent County Department of Environmental Operations at: 410-778-2600
- Phone: 301-590-0046. The county
collects Christmas trees along with regular yard waste collection. Put
your trees on the curb by 7 am on your regular recycling collection day.
Residents in apartment buildings are subject to rules set by building
managers. If you miss your collection day (either home or apartment) you
can take your tree to the Shady Grove Processing Facility in Derwood.
Christmas trees are given a new life after being composted or chipped
for mulch, so keep the tree in a natural state. Remove the stand and all
decorations, including lights, ornaments, tinsel, and garland. Be sure
there is no metal attached to the tree. Remove any plastic bags from
your tree. "Living" Christmas trees with root balls and artificial trees
cannot be collected as yard trim. You can also recycle branches and
needles at home by placing them under trees and shrubs as a temporary
winter mulch -- or chop them up and add them to your compost pile!
How to dispose of your artificial tree:
If you have Montgomery
County-provided trash collection service, request a bulk trash pickup
for your artificial Christmas tree.
If you have privately-provided
trash service because you or your homeowners' association have direct
contract with a company, check with your collection company for
If your artificial Christmas tree is still in usable
condition, try offering it for reuse on your neighborhood email list,
Craigslist, your local Freecycle group, or similar places.
and roping are typically bound together with wire. Wire could damage our
shredding equipment. And, pieces of wire would become "contaminants" in
mulch. If you can separate the greens from their wire, bag or bundle
them as yard trim, and set them out for collection on your recycling
day. Otherwise, dispose of your wreaths and roping as trash.
Prince George's County
- The county collects Christmas
trees along with regular yard waste. Yard waste includes grass
clippings, leaves, small branches, brush and Christmas trees. For more
information about yard waste collection, dial 311. The trees and
wreathes (minus ornaments, lights, metal, stands, etc) should be put on
the curb before 6:30 am on regular recycling days. You can also take
your tree to:
the Yard Waste Composting Facility at 6601 Southeast
Crain Highway in Upper Marlboro and
the Brown Station Road Public
Convenience Center at 3501 Brown Station Road in Upper Marlboro. See
their websites for open hours.
Queen Anne's County Maryland Recycling Drop-off Site -
Centreville Transfer Station services
are restricted to residents of Caroline County, Kent County, Queen Anne's County, Talbot County only.
Open: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 8am to
4pm. Phone: (410) 758-2697.
401 Harper R, Centreville, MD 21617.
- residents can recycle Christmas
trees at no charge at solid waste facilities.
Clean Christmas trees
(two tree limit), with all lights, ornaments and nails removed, will be
accepted daily through end of January, excluding holidays.
Trees will be
- Forty West Landfill, west of Huyett's Crossroads off
U.S. 40, Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 3 pm.
Convenience Center, 13125 Bikle Road, Tuesday to Saturday, 7:30 am to
- Hancock Convenience Center, 6502 Hess Road, Tuesday to
Saturday, 7:30 am to 3:30 pm
- Kaetzel Convenience Center, 2926
Kaetzel Road, Tuesday to Saturday, 7:30 am to 3:30 pm
Convenience Center, 2201 Dargan School Road, Tuesday to Saturday, 7:30 am to 3:30 pm
Phone: (240) 313-2796.
or Emmail: [email protected].. And
Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
- During the month of January the city offers residents free Christmas
tree disposal at the designated dumpster next to the skate board park on
Locust Lane. Otherwise, trees are collected curbside every other Monday
(except scheduled City holidays) following the bulk trash schedule.
Residents are required to call in and schedule a pickup to 410-848-9077.Trees collected through this program are shredded, along with other tree
limbs, to be used as mulch on City flower beds, tree pits, and park
grounds. Each year we are able to produce around 200 tons of mulch,
which saves us from having to buy it at a local supply yard. So
recycling your tree actually saves the city money, and contributes to
the beautification of your public spaces! Steps: Either way you choose
to do it, please follow these steps:
Remove all ornaments,
decorations, and lights
Take the tree out of its stand
Do not wrap
the tree in plastic, trash bags, or blankets
If we are picking it up
at your house, set it out no sooner than Sunday morning
Wicomico County, Maryland - The Newland Park Landfill Transfer Station accepts
undecorated Christmas trees. Services are restricted to residents of Wicomico County only.
Phone: (410) 548-4935. 6948 Brick Kiln Rd,
Salisbury, MD 21801. A permit is required for the disposal of Household Waste and White Goods, but not for recyclables. Electronics are
accepted at this site Monday to Friday 7am to 3:30pm and brush is accepted 7am to 8pm.
Worcester County, Maryland - Christmas
trees can be dropped off at the convenience stations or the Central Landfill until January 15th each year. Click the link at left for the locations.
Ocean City also has a drop-off site for Christmas trees until January 15th. Yard waste and Christmas trees are ground into mulch and used at the
Central Landfill. The County also encourages backyard composting.
all recyclables are free. No permit required! All yard waste requires a