How Do I Recycle My Christmas Tree?

If you celebrate Christmas, you probably have a live tree that needs to be recycled. Here are your options.

Nothing looks more sad than a spent Christmas tree, waiting at the curb. If you have a live tree that needs to be recycled, do it right.

Here are the options we discovered for the area.


1. You can't haul it out to the curb with the trash. The town's Transfer Station will take your Christmas tree (stripped of all ornaments, please) along with all other yard waste. The town resident permit for the Transfer Station is $20 for the year, and includes the Christmas tree recycling. You must take the tree yourself. Winter hours for the Transfer Station are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. The town's Christmas trees are taken to a facility in Maine, and recycled into wood pellets.

2. for a modest fee of $8. This will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6. Please leave the cash attached to the tree or taped to the inside of your front door. The trees should be placed at curb by 8 a.m. on Jan. 6. This door-to-door service is for Milford only.


1. The town of Upton has contracted with a private company, E.L. Harvey, to collect Christmas trees, for a fee. People who want their tree collected at curbside should pre-pay the $10 fee, by mailing a check to the town Board of Health, 1 Main St., Upton, MA 01568 (please include your name and location of pickup), or presenting cash in person, at the Board of Health office, 1 Grove StreetThe collection will be Monday, Jan. 14. Payment must be received by Jan. 11 to be included on the pickup list.


For a $5 donation, Troop 44 Boy Scouts will pick up your tree  in Mendon on Saturday, Jan. 5 or Sunday, Jan. 6. All pickups must be scheduled. Please email xmasTree@troop44mendon.org.


Boy Scout Troop 1 of Hopedale will hold its annual Christmas tree and wreath pickup fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 5 and Sunday, Jan. 6. Trees and wreaths should be placed at the curb by 8 a.m. on either day. The donation is $5 for trees and $3 for wreaths.

Mark Cain January 04, 2013 at 12:07 PM
In more simple times, years ago everyone on my street would get together in one of their big back yards and burn them at night in a big pile. It was a great get together and everyone had fun. Those days are gone unfortunately.
Mary MacDonald January 04, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Thanks, Phil I"ll add it to the story...
Myd Nevins January 04, 2013 at 03:33 PM
There was another option, Boston.com or someplace had an article about a local goat farm that took the trees. Supposedly the pine and fir has vitamin C for the goats.


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