Christmas Tree Recycling in mid-Michigan

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Picking out a Christmas tree, taking it home and decorating it can be fun.. but the not so fun part is taking it down.

As 2018 comes to a close, for many families that means taking down the Christmas tree.

Many mid-Michigan cities have already started collecting trees.

The City of East Lansing collects live-cut Christmas trees each winter. 

The trees will be chipped and used as mulch in East Lansing parks or donated to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for use as rabbit habitats.

All bags, holiday decorations and tree stands should be removed; trees taller than 6 feet should be cut in half.

There are two options for recycling live-cut Christmas trees in East Lansing:

1) Trees can be placed curbside for collection anytime between Wednesday, December 26, 2018 and Friday, January 11, 2019. Advance phone request and stickers are not required.

2) A number of drop-off locations are available through January 11, 2019.

  • Patriarche Park- parking lot on Alton Road
  • Emerson Park – Arbor Drive entrance
  • Fine Park – parking lot on Winchester Drive
  • Valley Court Park – South of the Community Center
  • White Memorial Park – parking lot at Pebblebrook Lane

Meridian Township is accepting Christmas trees for disposal from December 26th to January 31st in Nancy Moore Park (1960 Gaylord C. Smith Court, Haslett).

Trees may be dropped off at no charge.

Trees should be free of:

• Wire

• Metal Bracing

• Nails

• Plastic Bags

*Wreaths will not be accepted

Trees can also be recycled at the Meridian Township Recycling Center (5976 E. Lake Drive, Haslett). Fees may apply:

• $5 for standard 6 foot tree

• $10 for larger trees

• No lights, metal, wire or decorations

• $5 for artificial trees

For more information contact Meridian Township by calling 517.853.4440.

Granger Waste will be collecting live trees at the curb in much of our service territory beginning January 7.

Trees should be free of decorations and cut into 4 foot sections.

There’s no need to schedule the service; simply put your tree out on your service day.

The charge is $10 per tree or section of tree.

In Jackson, you can drop off your tree at the Granger Recycling and Disposal Center for $6.

The City of Lansing will be collecting trees at curbside with recycling from Jan. 7th through the week of Jan. 14th.

Residents don’t have to pay extra if you already have recycling services.

If you don’t take advantage of these dates, you might be stuck with your tree longer than you think.

In Lansing the next time for yard waste pickup isn’t until April.

Make sure to remove all decorations.

If your tree is taller than 6ft. in most cities you’ll need to cut it in half.

City officials will chop it up and use it for landscaping projects, hand it over to local parks, or turn it into mulch.

The hope is that be recycling Christmas trees, more people will get involved in the recycling process year-round.



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