Christmas Tree Recycling in Your NoBo City or Town

MASSACHUSETTS – After surviving the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, one million cut Christmas trees will be disposed of in the coming weeks.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Environment Protection, all the cut trees sold in Massachusetts this holiday season could fill every square foot of a major regional shopping mall to a height of 15 feet, or create a pile that would rise ten stories and span a football field from one goal post to the other.

For more information about why you should recycle Christmas trees, visit the Massachusetts DEP website.

Use this alphabetical list to determine how and when you can properly dispose of your Christmas tree in the cities and towns North of Boston.

Beverly – According to the city’s trash and recycling schedule, Christmas trees will be collected on residents’ trash day during the week of January 9, 2012. Trees must be free of tinsel, plastic and skirting.

Chelsea – According to the city’s website, the Chelsea DPW will pick up all Christmas Trees curbside during the last week of December through the first week of January. NopPlastic bags, decorations, lights, or wires please.

Danvers – Christmas tree pickup will be Saturday, January 14, 2012 across the entire Town of Danvers.  No tinsel, ornaments or plastic bags should be on the tree.  Please have your tree out by 7AM or it may not be collected.

Everett – Interim-City Services Director Peter Pietrantonio announces that the City will pickup Christmas trees with regular trash pickup.  Residents can leave their undecorated live tree on the curb and the tree will be picked up on the regular trash day.


Lynn – Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy and Commissioner Jay Fink, Department of Public Works, would like to remind all residents that Christmas Trees may be placed curbside for disposal during the weeks of December 26th, 2011; January 1st, 2012; and January 8th, 2012. Also, the last day the yard waste area will be open is Saturday, December 31, 2011 from 7:30 AM – 2:30 PM. The yard waste area will re-open Saturday, April 7, 2012. For additional information/questions, please call 781-477-7099 or 781-268-8000.

Lynnfield – The DPW Yard Waste Recycling Center will be open (weather permitting) to Lynnfield residents who have current recycling stickers beginning Tuesday, January 3rd to Saturday, January 14th from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. each day, excluding Sunday Jan. 8, to accept Christmas trees. Please do not place them out with your trash because they cannot and will not be picked up by our trash collection contractor. If you need to purchase a recycling sticker (current stickers are good until June 30, 2012) you may do so by stopping by the DPW Office at Town Hall before entering the Recycling Center. The cost is $10 ($5 for seniors over 65). If you have any questions you should call the DPW Office at 781-334-9500.

Malden – The City of Malden will provide curbside pick-up of Christmas trees the week of January 9th through January 13th. Trees should be placed curbside on your regular trash day. They will be put through a chipping machine, and must be free of decorations, garland, tinsel, wire and cannot be placed in a plastic bag. Trees will be recycled for composting. Malden residents may also bring trees to the Department of Public Works, 356 Commercial Street, Monday through Friday 8:00 AM-4:00 PM or Saturday 8:00 AM to noon. No wreaths will be picked up. For more information, please contact the DPW at 781-397-7160 or email:

Marblehead – The town will be collecting trees left at the curb through Friday – and then again from Jan. 3 to Jan. 6. Remember, trees in plastic bags won’t be picked up and they must be free of all Christmas lights and ornaments.

Melrose – The Public Works Department will have curbside collection of Christmas trees during the first two weeks in January. Christmas tree and greens collection will take place citywide in conjunction with the regular curbside schedule from January 3rd through January 13th. Please remove stand and all plastic bags, tinsel, twine, lights, ornaments, etc. from the tree. Wreaths and garland must be free of any wires and decorations; they will not be picked up if any of the above are present. This year, a new drop off location has been added at the Tremont Operations Facility during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.). Also, as in prior years, trees can be dropped off in the parking lot at Mt. Hood during the first two weeks of January. For questions or additional information, call the Public Works Department at 781-979-4170.

North Reading – The Town of North Reading will hold a special curbside collection to pick up Christmas trees on Saturday, January 14, 2012. Trees should be placed curbside by 6AM on that day, bare with all ornaments and tinsel removed. Trees should not be bagged.

Peabody – To be announced



Reading – The Town of Reading is providing two options for recycling of Christmas trees. On Saturday, January 14, 2012 residents may take their trees to the Compost Area on Strout Avenue from 8AM to 2:30PM. To use the Compost Center, you will need a 2012 Community Access Sticker. Christmas trees will also be collected curbside on your regular rubbish collection day the week of January 9, 2012. All decorations, including tinsel, must be removed from the trees.


Revere – Christmas trees (no yard waste) will be picked up during the first two (2) full weeks in January.


Salem – The ninth-annual Christmas tree bonfire will be held Friday, Jan. 6, at 6:30 p.m. at Dead Horse Beach in Salem Willows. Beginning Jan. 3, trees can be dropped off at the beach or left for curbside pickup. They also can be brought to the beach on the night of the bonfire. Residents are reminded to remove all ornaments and lights. The Gathering, a local church, will provide free hot chocolate and music. For anyone who holds onto their trees, curbside collection of Christmas trees will take place as scheduled the week of Jan. 9-13. For more information, contact City Hall at 978-745-9595, ext. 5676.

Saugus – To be announced



Swampscott – The Christmas tree collection will take place in Swampscott during the weeks of Jan. 9 and Feb. 6, on the regular trash days. Trees should not be placed curbside until the day before collection. Trees should be free of ornaments, lights, plastic bags and stands as they will be placed in a wood chipper.

Wakefield – The Wakefield Department of Public Works has scheduled curbside collection of Christmas Trees to begin Tuesday, January 3rd and continue through Friday, January 13th. Trees will be collected on the day of your scheduled recycling collection. Please remove all ornaments, tree stand and other decorations. Trees wrapped in plastic WILL NOT be collected. Christmas trees should be placed at the curb on your scheduled recycling collection day by 7AM. The DPW will make one pass down each street in accordance with the above schedule. Trees not put out on your collection day can be brought to the Nahant Street Yard Waste Site by appointment. If you have questions, call the Public Works at (781) 246-6301.


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