2 Great Ways to Dispose of Your Christmas Tree in Bloomington, IN

Posted on January 5, 2015

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What about the tree? Have a Christmas tree at your Bloomington rental home or apartment? Wondering what to do with it? You have options to dispose of your Christmas Tree in Bloomington.

We love the holidays at Elkins Apartments. Your places look great. The Christmas tree is all decorated and adds a special touch to your pad. But, now its January, and that awesome tree is kinda sad, and is a fire hazard too! Its time to say goodbye to your Christmas tree. So, if you live in an Elkins Apartments rental house, townhouse, or apartment in Bloomington, Indiana, what can you do with that sad tree? Dispose of your Christmas Tree in Bloomington either at the curb (for a limited time!) or at a recycling center (also for a limited time!).

Old holiday tree in need of green disposal.

Dispose of your old Christmas tree before it dries out, makes a mess, and causes a fire. You have lots of disposal options.

Curbside Pickup: The easy way to dispose of Your Christmas Tree in Bloomington

If you live in the City of Bloomington, the Sanitation Department will begin picking up live Christmas trees and live wreaths on Monday, Jan. 2 with the last day for pick up on Thursday, Jan. 18.

The Sanitation Department will collect live Christmas trees and wreaths Tuesday, January 2, through Thursday, January 18.  Residents can place trees and wreaths at the curb on regular yard waste collection days. Ornaments, lights and all other decorations must be removed, and trees and wreaths may not be placed in plastic bags.

The Sanitation Department reminds residents that composting and mulching are the greenest ways both to reduce waste and create useful fertilizer for the yard or garden. Composting is natural, easy, requires almost no maintenance and can be done in any number of ways. For more information on composting, visit epa.gov/composting.

City residents may place their wreaths and trees at the curb for collection on regular yard waste and recycling collection days. All decorations and lights must be removed and the wreaths and trees may not be in plastic bags. Items should be placed at the curb by 5 a.m. on collection day.

Drop off at Recycling Centers

Your live holiday tree served you well, and it deserves a proper disposal. No curbside available at your place? You can dispose of your Christmas Tree in Bloomington by bringing your real tree (no artificial trees, please), to any of the District’s five Rural Recycling Centers. The District’s Rural Recycling Centers are conveniently located throughout Monroe County and disposal of your tree is FREE. Please make sure your tree has no ornaments, tinsel, lights or hooks still attached.

The Monroe County Solid Waste Management District will also be taking recycled Christmas trees and wreaths, through Jan. 13. Undecorated trees will be accepted at all five district recycling centers.

  • South Walnut Recycling Center, 3400 S. Walnut St., Tuesday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Ellettsville Recycling Center, 6200 N. Matthews Drive, Monday through Wednesday and Friday through Saturday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Westside Recycling Center, 341 N. Oard Road, (off Ind. 48, west of Ind. 37), Monday through Wednesday and Friday through Saturday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Southside Recycling Center, 400 W. Dillman Road, Monday through Wednesday and Friday through Saturday,7 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Northeast Recycling Center, 6015 E. Ind. 45, New Unionville, off East Bethel Lane, Monday through Wednesday and Friday through Saturday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

These locations will not take artificial trees, so don’t even think about it.

For more information, call the district at 812-349-2020.

But don’t wait! Old trees are a fire hazard (and make a mess).

The longer the tree sits, the drier it gets! Needles will fall. More needles will fall. When you get around to moving it, a lot more of the needles will fall. It’ll be a mess. If you have carpet, it’ll be an even bigger mess (needles don’t vacuum very well in most carpets!). Plus, the whole time, as its getting drier and drier, its becoming a bigger fire hazard. Its becoming kindling!

christmas tree fire hazard burning tree with ornaments

Don’t wait. Dispose of your tree before its all dried out and a fire hazard. The fire might be warm and pretty, but would be no fun to clean up! Bloomington sanitation will pick up trees curbside and you can drop them off at any Monroe County recycling center.

Updated January 8, 2017 to link new new City of Bloomington’s 2016 press release for live christmas tree pickup