Bah humbug. Where can I recycle my Christmas tree?


In this Tribune file photo, Brian Stugart launches his Christmas tree from the back of his pickup truck during a visit to the Greeley Organic Waste Center, off of 8th Street in east Greeley. (Joshua Polson/For The Tribune)

Take heed over-celebrators: Christmas is almost over.

Although it’s not entirely wrong or illegal to throw your beloved tree away, if your post-holiday plan includes tossing your evergreen in the alleyway dumpster, here are a couple of other options to consider:

1. Repurpose

The Arbor Day Foundation lists eight ways to repurpose your Christmas tree, the most common being for mulch or compost.

You could also turn it into a fish feeder (check with local officials before you drop your tree in a body of water), spread its branches on your garden for winter insulation, make coasters from the trunk or make tiny air fresheners if the needles are still green.

Of course, firewood is also an option, but  most evergreens are heavy with sap, so the foundation recommends using the firewood outdoors.

In this Tribune file photo, Mike Garcia glances back at the growing pile of Christmas trees in recent years at the Greeley Organic Waste Center off of 8th Street in east Greeley. (Joshua Polson/For The Tribune)

2. Recycle

Before you drop off your tree or set it out for pickup, be sure to remove all decorations, lights and wiring. And remember, these are programs for real trees, not artificial.

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Weld County residents can recycle their Christmas trees at the Greeley Organic Waste Center, 1130 E 8th St.

November through March, the center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, go to, or call (970) 673-2042.


Evans  provides free Christmas tree recycling at the Evans Community Complex, 1100 37th St.  Please call (970) 475-1170 for more information.


The Town of Windsor is offering its free tree recycling program for residents this post-Christmas season in a different location.

Residents may drop off trees from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, through Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, at the Chimney Park Athletic Fields parking lot, 200 East Chestnut St., according to a town news release.


A-1 Organics, 16350 County Rd 76,  is accepting Christmas trees during business hours,  7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for free.

Fort Lupton: 

Fort Lupton residents can schedule curbside pickup of Christmas trees starting Wednesday, Dec. 26, according to the Fort Lupton Press.

Call (303) 857-6694 to schedule your pickup.  Pickup dates are Wednesday, Jan. 2; Friday, Jan. 4,; Tuesday, Jan. 8, and Wednesday, Jan. 10.

In this Tribune file photo, Titus Knutson, 8, left, watches his dad, Tim Knutson, heft his family’™s Christmas tree onto a recycling pile in Windsor. (James Redmond/For The Tribune)

3. Return

Out of options? Try returning your tree to the seller. Some might take it back after Christmas, according to Contact the place you purchased from and inquire about pickup and drop-off options.


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