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We accept Christmas trees year-round in our curbside yard trim collection. Set your Christmas tree at the curb by 7 a.m. on your recycling collection day.
Christmas trees are given a new life after being composted or chipped for mulch, so keep the tree in a natural state.
"Live" 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!
Residents of apartments and condominiums: check with your property manager or representative for specific recycling instructions.
Property managers of apartments and condominiums: if your residents are permitted to have live Christmas trees in their units, make arrangements in advance for special collections. Christmas trees must be recycled per Montgomery County Executive Regulation 1-15.
If you have Montgomery County-provided trash 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 instructions.
If your artificial Christmas tree is still in usable condition, consider offering it for reuse on your neighborhood email list, Craigslist, your local Freecycle group, or similar places.
Wreaths 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.
We shred the Christmas trees we collect for recycling, resulting in a very good quality mulch. Therefore, January and February are excellent months in which to stock up — at no additional charge! — at Neighborhood Mulch Preserves.