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Recycling Christmas Trees 🎄at These Convenient Drop-off Sites in NoCo

Where To Take Your Lights, Trash and Trees Updated 12/18/2022

By Melissa Shrader Editor/Publisher Fort Collins Macaroni Kid December 26, 2022

Christmas is over, now what to do with the trash and trees. Find your closest recycle location in Loveland, Fort Collins, Greeley, Wellington, Windsor and  

Recycling in your city: 

The City of Loveland is Recycling Christmas Trees at Three Convenient Drop-off Sites

Loveland residents are invited and encouraged to recycle their Christmas trees. Tree recycling is easy, reduces landfill waste and provides needed mulch for Loveland’s parks. Last year, approximately 5,000 Christmas trees were recycled into 500+ cubic yards of beneficial mulch. This service is provided free of charge.

Please prepare the tree for recycling by removing all ornaments, tinsel, lights, nails, screws, wire, tree stands and bags. 

Tree drop-off sites:

  • South side: Centennial Park - W. First and Taft Avenue (in the parking lot north of First Street, just west of Swift Field). 
  • North side: Kroh Park - North Highway 287 and 52nd Street (adjacent to the Habitat for Humanity location). 
  • West side: Loveland Recycling Center - off First Street & Wilson Avenue - Residents must provide a current Yard Waste Debris Permit in order to dispose of their Christmas tree for free at the Recycling Center.
    The Recycle Center is CLOSED on Mondays, on Christmas, Dec. 25 and New Years Day, Jan. 1, 2023. 
    Regular hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  

Drop-off sites are open daily from sun-up until sun-down between Dec. 27 and Jan. 31, 2023.  Signs will direct participants to appropriate drop-off areas. 

Questions? Contact:  Public Works - 962-2529 or Parks & Recreation - 962-2727. 


The City of Fort Collins is Recycling Christmas Trees at several Convenient Drop-off Sites:

Recycle your Christmas tree for $10 at various drop-off locations around Fort Collins from December 26, 2022 –  January 16, 2023. Be sure to remove all items from tree before dropping off, including lights, wire, hooks, ornaments, tinsel, and fake snow.

Curbside items include wrapping paper, tissue paper, cardboard boxes, Link here. https://www.fcgov.com/recycling/holiday-recycling.php 

Holiday lights and extension cords can be dropped here. https://www.fcgov.com/recycling/centers.php?ID=135 

For batteries, electronics, cooking oil, plastic bags, Styrofoam etc. click here. https://www.fcgov.com/recycling/holiday-recycling.php 

See this PDF Holiday Recycling Guide


Wellington Recycle Location:         

If you take your tree down right away or hold on to the holiday spirit through January, we have your live tree recycling covered!
Dec. 29 through Feb.6. Drop-off location - 6th St. in the lot across from Wellington Middle School. Make sure you take all decorations, lights, and hooks off the tree before drop off. https://www.wellingtoncolorado.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=283

Larimer County Recycle information on Where to take your trees, lights and more.  

Holiday lights recycling

Have you come across broken or non-working Christmas lights from last year? Various stores around town will accept these Christmas lights for recycling! Drop off your lights (strands only) at boxes designated for recycling at the following hardware stores:

• Ace Hardware – both locations in Fort Collins
• Lowe’s Home Improvement – all locations in Fort Collins and Loveland

Please note: Christmas lights are not recyclable with your regular household recycling.

$5 & $10 Christmas tree recycling at Larimer County Landfill

You can drop off your live tree from December 26th through late January 15th 2023, open daily during daylight hours.
The City of Fort Collins and Larimer County will host their annual Christmas tree recycling program. This program is $5 to residents; however, all decorations must be completely removed from trees prior to drop-off. This includes lights, ornaments, tinsel, wire, hooks, nails, plastic bags, and fake snow. Recycled trees will be repurposed and used for landscaping application in the spring, so wood mulch produced from these trees must be contamination-free. No wreaths or artificial trees will be accepted.
Here is a list of accepted items at the landfill. 

Please be sure to secure your load properly during transport, additional fees for unsecured or poorly secured loads. Trees must be free from all lights, decorations, stands and any other foreign materials. Trees flocked with fake snow will not be accepted.


Windsor Recycle Location

For trees 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 27, at the Chimney Park Athletic Fields parking lot, 200 East Chestnut St.

Recycling Center 801 Diamond Valley Dr. Windsor, CO  80550   http://windsorgov.com/1006/Recycling-Center  

Greeley Recycle Locations

Greeley Organic Waste Center 1130 E 8th St Greeley, Colorado 80631 Located one mile east of Highway 85 on East 8th Street

Monday - Friday 10 - 4

For general recycle questions check this link. http://greeleygov.com/services/recycling


 Link to more recycle information.