Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle this Holiday Season


Wondering what to do with your holiday wrapping paper, Christmas tree, or other seasonal items? See the information below to learn how to responsibly dispose of your items.

*Information may vary depending on where you live and who your waste hauler is.

St. Paul

Bows and ribbons:

Christmas trees:
Christmas trees can be taken to the Midway and Frank & Sims Yard Waste sites
See Guide or below

1943 Pierce Butler Rte
Saint Paul, MN 55114

White Bear Township
5900 Sherwood Rd
White Bear Township, MN 55110


Gift wrap:
Accepted if there is no glitter, foil, reflective areas, or velvet.

White, brown, with or without window (Do not recycle Plastic TyvekTM envelopes or envelopes padded with bubble wrap).

Holiday Lights:
Hennepin County has year round drop-off facilities in Brooklyn Park and Bloomington for holiday lights.

Christmas Tree:
Place alongside garbage cart before 6:00 a.m. on your regular garbage pickup day. If tree is 6 feet or taller, you must cut in half.

Ways to Recycle a Tree Yourself
Place the tree in the yard or garden for use by birds and other wildlife. The branches provide shelter from strong winds and cold. Food can be supplied by hanging fruit slices, seed cakes, or suet bags on its branches. You can also smear peanut butter and seeds in pine cones and hang them in the tree. Prune off the branches and place the boughs over perennials as winter mulch. Chip the tree and use as mulch around trees, shrubs, or in flower beds.

Hennepin County

See Guide

Anoka County

Christmas Trees:
Natural Christmas trees can be chipped and composted. Most garbage haulers offer Christmas tree collection as part of their service. Some municipalities collect and chip Christmas trees for mulch. Contact your hauler or municipality to obtain specific pickup information for your area.

The Bunker Hills Compost Site ONLY is open for two weekends after New Year’s Day to accept Christmas trees and boughs, as well as other yard waste. Dates vary. A fee is charged. Trees must be free of tinsel, garland, ornaments and stands.

Bunker Hills Compost Site
13285 Hanson Blvd, Coon Rapids, MN 55448
Hours of operation:
Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday from Noon – 4:30 p.m.

Holiday lights:

Andover City Hall
1685 Crosstown Boulevard,
Andover, MN

Coon Rapids Recycling Center
1831 111th Avenue
Coon Rapids, MN 55433

Ramsey County

See Guide

Washington County

Christmas Trees:

Cottage Grove

Rumpca Companies, Inc.- open to all
Dates: January 7th and January 14th
Hours: 9AM-4PM
Cost: $2 per tree. The $2 fee will be waived if a canned good is brought in for donation to the local
food shelf
Location: 9600 Glendenning Road
For more information or to make other drop off arrangements, please call Rumpca Companies at 651-459-1556


City of Oakdale Public Works – open to Oakdale residents only
Dates: December 27th – January 31st
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 am – 3:00 pm
Cost: $3 per tree
Location: 1900 Hadley Avenue N.
For more information, please call Oakdale Public Works at 651-730-2740


Composting Concepts – open to all residents
Dates: January 7th and January 14th
Hours: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Cost: $10 per tree, $7 per wreath
Location: 4600 Cottage Grove Drive
For more information, please call Composting Concepts at 651-769-0531
Other yard waste will also be accepted on these days

See Guide

Dakota County

Holiday Lights:

See Guide

Christmas Trees:

See Guide

Scott County

Christmas Trees:

SMSC Organics Recycling Facility (ORF) Recycling Center
Address: 1905 Canterbury Rd S, Shakopee, MN 55379
Call for information regarding fees and hours of operation
Phone: (952) 233-9191

Carver County

Christmas Trees:

See Guide

Holiday Lights:

See Guide

Randys Environmental Services Customers:

Christmas Trees:
Residential curbside pickup (Hennepin County Residents ONLY): $8 per tree – first two weeks of January.
*Only if located in Hennepin County. If you are not in Hennepin County, call 763 972 4180 call to set up.
No bags, tinsel, lights, stands, etc. in/on tree.

Holiday Lights:
Holiday lights can be put into residential curbside single sort recycling.

Waste Management Customers:

*For Waste Management customers located in Carver County, Dakota County, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Scott County, Washington County, and Anoka County

Gift Wrap:
Wrap with no glitter or foil can go into curbside recycling.

Christmas Trees:
Curbside pick-up will occur the week of January 2nd and January 9th. There will be no pickup after January 13th. Christmas tree pickups for Waste Management customers will be composted at a yard waste facility.

*See below if you are a Waste Management resident in another location (not listed above)
Town of Brainerd – Christmas tree pickup will occur the week of January 2nd.
City of Lake Crystal – Christmas tree pickup will occur the week of January 12th.
City of Cold Spring – Christmas tree pickup will occur the week of January 2nd.
Pope/Douglas County – No curbside pickup available. Christmas tree drop-off recycling available December 18 – January 29th. Drop-off location is on 4th Ave. between Lake St. and Maple St. (Drop-off is in the orange fenced in area).

Holiday Lights:
Lights can be dropped off at the Pope/Douglas Recycling Center and Ace Hardware Center.

Republic Service Customers:

*For all Republic Service customers in Minnesota

Gift Wrap:
Accepted in curbside pickup.

Christmas Trees:

Trees must be bare of any decorations, not taller than 6 feet (please cut in half if taller), have on curb by the 1st (pickup will occur in first two weeks).