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Tossing the Tannenbaum in Anne Arundel County

Anne Arundel County residents can "go green" and recycle worn out Christmas trees through curbside recycling.

You’ve opened all the presents under it.

You’ve sung carols around it.

You’ve taken photos near it.

Now what do you do with the Christmas tree wilting in your living room? 

You can always “go green” to get rid of your evergreen, fir or spruce. 

Anne Arundel County and City of Annapolis residents looking to chuck their Christmas tree can turn to the curb on your scheduled recycle day.

Here’s a link to the Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works recycling schedule.

DPW offers the following Natural Christmas Tree Recycling Tips on its website:

  • Natural garland, wreaths, and Christmas trees are yard waste. They are chipped into mulch, a valuable soil covering.
  • Please remove tree stand, tree bags, metal ornament hangers, and all decorations. Cut very tall trees in half so that the tree will fit into the contractor's truck.
  • Natural garland, wreaths, and Christmas trees will be collected on your regular recycling day.
  • Put your natural garland, wreaths, and Christmas trees at the curb before 6:00 AM on your regular recycling day or bring your items to any one of our convenience centers.

Normal schedule curbside collections will resume Monday around the county, according to the DPW website, though all waste management services facilities will be closed until Tuesday.

For Annapolis residents:

The City will collect your tree, natural wreath and garland materials. Place items at the curb the night before your Yard Trimming Pickup Day. Natural trees or greens will be shredded by our Yard Trimmings Division to be used in the City's gardens. Please remove tree stand, tree bags, metal ornament hangers, wire and all decorations. Cut trees over four feet in half so that the tree will fit into the contractor's truck.

Find the yard waste pickup days for your street here.

D. Frank Smith December 26, 2011 at 05:31 PM
We got our "Christmas tree" from Trader Joes. It's basically a rosemary bush in the shape of a traditional holiday tree. So I'm going to put our tree to use the next time I make chicken, or maybe even a beef stew. It's getting cold enough for such a dish now.
Kara Turner January 08, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I live in an Annapolis-area apartment complex and do not have curbside pickup. We take our trash and recylables to the dumpsters in the parking lot. Is there a place in Annapolis where I can drop off my live tree for recycling? AACO's site says I can take it to a convenience center in Millersville, Glen Burnie or Deale, but their hours prohibit me from dropping it off until next Saturday. Any alternative suggestions?

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