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Christmas tree recycling

Scroll down this page for local Oklahoma 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!

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

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

  • Blanchard, OK - See their website or call them for this year's information. Phone: (405) 485-9392. There was no update on their website for this year. Last year, they said: The City will accept trees with trunk diameter that are 4-inches or less at the Citizens Collection Center. The Centers hours of operations are from 4:00 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday thru Friday and until noon on Saturdays.
  • Choctaw, OK - Call 405-390-8276.
  • Del City - Call (405) 671-2873 or (405) 671-2820 to schedule individual pickup, at an additional charge.
  • Edmond, Oklahoma
    Christmas trees can be recycled this year by dropping them off at either Hafer Park or Mitch Park by the last Friday in January; January 25, 2021. Trees are chipped, and free mulch is available for residents to pick up at Mitch Park after January 29..
    Drop off your Christmas tree at:
    Hafer Park - upper-level parking lot adjacent to Bryant Avenue.
    Mitch Park - On the South end of the West parking lot adjacent to Marilyn Williams (directly across from the MAC)
    The trees will be chipped, so please remove all tree stands, nails and ornaments. Commercial accounts, Christmas tree lots and other businesses will need to dispose of their trees by dropping them off at one of the two drop-off locations.
    Schedule Tree Collection
    If you can't drop off your tree, residential customers can schedule a special, free collection the week before January 8 2021. Call the tree-cycling hotline at (405) 359-4701 during the first full week in January after New Year's Dayto be placed on the schedule. Collection will be provided during the week starting Monday, January 11 2021 and ending Friday, January 15 2021.
    If You Miss the Special Collection:
    Cut your tree into smaller pieces and place it in your cart for regular collection. Ensure that no debris is sticking out of the closed container.
    Schedule a monthly, bulk collection for January by calling Utility Customer Services at (405) 359-4541 beginning January the first Monday in January after New Year's Day. The bulk collection fee is $10 per cubic yard for the first two cubic yards and $5 for each additional cubic yard.
    Take your tree to the Transfer Station located at I-35 and Covell Road for disposal. The charge for disposal of a Christmas tree is $5.

  • Midwest City, OK
    During the month of January, you can drop off your live Christmas tree at our Christmas Tree Drop Off in on Jim White Drive. The designated drop off area is just east of Fire Station No. 6 which is at 8750 SE 15th.
    The live trees are chipped for compost material so it is very important that you remove all lights, decorations, ornaments and ornament hangers.
    For questions or to schedule a special pickup ( $55 per half hour) call (405) 739-1370.
  • Moore, OK
    Christmas Tree Pick-Up: Live Christmas trees will be picked up from Wednesday, December 26th through the first Friday after New Year's Day. Trees need to be cut in 3 foot lengths and placed beside your household trash on your normal trash day before 7 am Call the Moore Public Works Department at 793-5070 if you need additional information about the Christmas tree disposal program.
  • Newcastle, OK
    See their website or call (405)387-4427.
  • Norman, OK
    Norman will pick up on regular compost collection dates (cut into half or thirds if its huge!!)
  • Oklahoma City, OK
    Residents can place their Christmas tree, stripped of ornaments, on the curb to be collected during Bulky Waste pick up for their neighborhood. The dates will be listed on your water bill or can look up their Bulky Waste Pick Up dates on the OKC.gov website, link above.
  • Piedmont, OK - Call 405-373-2000, there is nothing on their website this year. Phone: (405) 373-2621.
  • Stillwater, OK
    Christmas Tree Removal
    The City of Stillwater offers two options for families who enjoy live Christmas trees. Regardless of which method you choose, trees must be stripped of all decorations - tinsel, lights and ornaments.
    The first option is to drop the tree off at the Convenience Collection Center. There is no charge to drop off Christmas trees.
    The second option is to prepare the tree for City of Stillwater yard waste collection. Bundles must be shorter than four feet long and less than 18 inches across. Bundles must weigh less than 35 pounds.
  • Tulsa, OK - In December and January, residents may put trees at the curb on their primary collection day. Trees need to be cut into 4-foot sections to fit into the hopper of the refuse trucks. Residents throwing away artificial trees need to put them in the gray trash cart. Tulsa residents also may bring their live Christmas trees to be ground into mulch at the City's Mulch Site, 2100 N. 145th East Ave. Trees brought to the site must have all decorations removed. The mulch site will be closed December. 24, 25, and 26, and January 1st. On January 2, it will resume its usual schedule of 7:30 am to 5 pm. seven days a week, excluding City holidays.The City of Tulsa created a video about the City's recycling system and process - https://youtu.be/XSsCyaSoB9U
  • The Village
    Residents can put the tree curbside, during their regular trash pickup day in January.
  • Yukon, Oklahoma
    Yukon utility customers may dispose of their used live Christmas tree curbside during a three-week period, according to the City of Yukons Sanitation Services Department. From December 28th through mid-January, Sanitation Services will pick up used Christmas trees placed at the curb for free. The service is for live trees only. No artificial trees are accepted. Live trees must be prepared by removing all decorations, lights, and any metal, such as tree stands and ornaments. They should not be placed inside a plastic bag. These actions will assist Sanitation personnel, who will use a chipper to dispose of the trees. During the designated dates, residents may place their live tree at the curb during their neighborhoods routine trash collection day. Residents are asked to observe the designated three-foot minimum distance around their polycart when placing the trees at the curb so that it does not interfere with the automated trash truck that empties carts. A different truck and crew will go through the neighborhoods to collect the live trees.
    For more information or questions, please contact us at [email protected] or 354-4317.

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