Recycle Your Christmas Tree (Video)
Officials at the Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Solid Waste Services (DSWS) are reminding residents who live in single-family homes that they may recycle Christmas trees at the curb on regular recycling collection days.
Businesses and residents of apartments and condominiums should check with their property/business managers or representatives for specific Christmas tree recycling instructions.
After being composted or chipped for mulch, the trees are given a new life, so be sure to recycle them in a natural state.
Below are some Christmas tree recycling tips from DSWS:
• Remove the stand and all decorations — including lights, ornaments, tinsel and garlands. Be sure there is no metal attached to the tree.
• Remove any plastic bags from the tree.
• Recycle live Christmas tree 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 a compost pile.
For more information or questions about waste reduction or recycling at home or at work, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/recycling or call Montgomery County’s Customer Service Center at 311.