Dispose of Your Christmas Tree in Grand Rapids


Un-decorating your Christmas tree is decidedly less enjoyable than decorating it for the holidays. But, alas, it must be done.

Once you’ve packed away your favorite ornaments and strands of flickering lights, what do you do with the tree?

The City of Grand Rapids is offering residents two options for Christmas tree disposal. The city’s Christmas tree collection program offers free drop-off disposal and fee-based curbside pickup. Both options are environmentally friendly, with trees recycled through chipping and returned naturally to the ground.

The city offers free drop-off sites for Christmas trees through Friday, Feb. 1 at the following locations:

  • Riverside Park (north entrance), 2001 Monroe Ave. NE
  • MacKay-Jaycees Park, 2531 Kalamazoo Ave. SE
  • Lincoln Park, 231 Marion Ave. NW – Drop off trees in the west parking lot off of Garfield Street at Lincoln
  • Huff Park, 2286 Ball Ave. NE

The curbside pickup option—also offered through Friday, Feb. 1—requires residents to attach a $2.50 city bulk yard waste tag (purple tag) to the Christmas tree and place it in their pickup area by 7 a.m. on their scheduled refuse collection day.

Bulk yard waste tags are available for purchase at City Hall, 300 Monroe Ave. NW, in the Monroe-level customer service lobby. City Hall is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Some local retailers also may have the tags in stock.

Christmas trees placed in the refuse pickup area must be properly tagged for collection. The tag must be visible at the time of collection. Residents must make every effort to be sure the tree is able to be collected – not buried in the snow – and the tag is visible.

All ornaments, other decorations, tinsel, nails, tree stands and any plastic bags on the tree need must be removed prior to collection. If not properly tagged, the property owner is subject to a notice of violation and a possible fine. Lost or stolen tags are the responsibility of the resident to replace.

*Photo courtesy of City of Grand Rapids

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