Christmas Tree Recycling in Boston (and Beyond)

The City of Boston Department of Public Works will collect and recycle Christmas trees during the first two weeks of January.  You should put your tree out on your regular trash and recycling collection day (in most of Back Bay, that’s Monday and Thursday).  If your building puts trash in a dumpster, trees should be placed next to the dumpster for collection.  If you miss these recycling times, call 617-635-4959 for possible additional date or dates in January.

Remove all ornaments, tinsel, lights, and other non-organic decorative materials.  Flocked trees will often need to be chopped and disposed with regular solid waste.  For more information on tree recycling for other areas of Massachusetts, and indeed nationwide, log on to

Dying christmas tree by amathad.