Christmas Trees - Household Waste Guide

For the best information on Christmas Tree Recycling in your area contact your city, village or township government. The following information is only relevant to the 2013-14 seasons and may not include all local programs.

If your local government is not providing a Christmas tree recycling program consider composting or visit our page for yard waste disposal.

Ada Township: Ada Township residents may drop off Christmas Trees and Wreaths for recycling to the back parking lot of Ada Township Park from December 26, 2013 through January 13, 2014, between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. The trees will be recycled into wood chips while the wire from the wreaths will be recycled. Please remove any decorations, wires, strings, ribbons or other items from the trees that might interfere with a chipper. Residential Christmas items only – no yard waste, trimmings or commercial businesses.

Alpine Township: Residents may once again drop off their live-cut Christmas trees in an area behind the Alpine Township Offices, 5255 Alpine Ave. N.W. marked with an orange snow fence. All bags, holiday decorations and tree stands should be removed. Program ends January 31, 2014.

Cannon Township: Cannon Township will be providing a drop off for Christmas trees from December 27, 2013 through January 13, 2014. For those of you who like to be ahead of the game, a self-service dumpster will be in the drop-off area on the west side of the Township building in the parking lot starting Dec. 27. Otherwise, members of the RHS Honor Society will be volunteering their time on Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.to help unload your tree. Donations will be accepted (and appreciated) to benefit the Honor Society. The trees will be recycled so please remove all wire, tinsel, etc. (no wreaths). Trees will not be accepted after 3:00 p.m. on January 13.

Cascade Township: Dumpsters will be available behind the Buttrick Fire Station (Buttrick & 30th Street) to deposit your Christmas trees from December 27th to January 9th for recycling. Please remember to remove all ornaments, lights, tinsel & tree stands.

Courtland Township: Following the holidays, Christmas tree recycling will be available for those worn out evergreens at the fire station on M-57. Please put the used trees on the south side of the driveway, behind the fire station. Make sure all ornaments and plastic bags are removed.

East Grand Rapids: Christmas trees may be placed out for collection by the Public Works Department from Monday of the first full week of January through Friday of the second full week of January. Items with metal attached (trees stands, wired garlands, and wreaths) cannot be collected and must be disposed of separately by the resident. Trees should be placed out for collection prior to the resident’s regular yard waste collection during this two week collection service. Thereafter, residents should store their discarded tree in a rear yard until city yard-waste collection services resume in April.

Grand Rapids: Free Christmas tree recycling 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily from Jan. 2-31 at the following locations:

  • Riverside Park (north entrance), 2001 Monroe Ave. NE
  • Jaycee McKay Family Park, 2531 Kalamazoo Ave. SE
  • Lincoln Park, 398 Garfield Ave. NW
  • Huff Park, 2286 Ball Ave. NE

Please remove ornaments, tinsel and other decorations or other items.

Grandville: Drop off tree at the City of Grandville Public Works Department, 4095 White St SW, Grandville between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday

Kent City: The Village of Kent City will pick up Christmas Trees that are left out by the street curb after the holiday.

Kentwood: Drop off the tree at the City of Kentwood Public Works, 5068 Breton SE between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday thru Friday from December 26th to January 31st.

City of Lowell: Residents only, place two blue plastic bags on your tree and put it out by your mailbox on trash pick-up day.

Lowell Area:  Wittenbach Wege Center in Lowell will accept real Christmas trees until January 12 - no wire or decorations should remain on the trees/wreaths.

Plainfield Township: Plainfield Township residents may drop off their Christmas trees at Versluis Park, 3650 Versluis Drive off of Northland Drive, between December 26, 2013 and January 26, 2014.

Sparta: Village residents can drop off trees behind the Department of Public Works garage, 276 W. Division St., Sparta.

Walker: Walker residents can bring trees to the following locations between December 26th and January 26th:

  • Walker City Hall 4243 Remembrance Rd. N.W.
  • Walker Community Park 650 Cummings N.W.
  • Fire Station #3 1470 Three Mile Rd. N.W.

No plastic bags will be accepted

Wyoming: Residents may bring yard waste including Christmas trees to the Public Works building located at 2660 Burlingame Ave SW between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday thru Thursday or on the first two Saturdays in January (contact City of Wyoming for more details).