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Posted on: December 27, 2022

City of Edmond offers plenty of recycling options for live Christmas trees

When the holiday is over, don’t let the spirit of Christmas trees (recently) past come back to haunt you.

If your family enjoyed a live Christmas tree this holiday season, taking care of them after all the festivities is easy. The City of Edmond has a program that will recycle live trees and make them useful, turning them into mulch.

Live Christmas trees can be recycled by dropping them off at Mitch Park. The deadline to drop off is Jan. 31, 2023. Trees brought to that location are chipped, and free mulch from those trees is available for residents to pick up at Mitch Park. The drop-off location is in the north parking lot adjacent to Marilyn Williams Drive, east of the pavilion and playground.

Because trees will be run through a chipper, tree stands, nails, and ornaments must be removed before a tree is dropped off. Commercial accounts, Christmas tree lots, and other businesses also can drop off trees for processing at the Mitch Park drop-off location.

If you can't drop off your tree, residential customers can schedule a special, free collection. Call the tree-cycling hotline at (405) 359-4701 between Jan. 2 and Jan. 6 to be placed on the schedule. The special collection runs Jan. 9 through Jan. 13.

Trees may not necessarily be picked up on normal trash collection day, so for the special scheduled pickup make sure the trees – minus stands, nails, or ornaments – are placed at the curb in front of your residence before 7 a.m. Jan. 9. When placing your tree out for collection, please do not cover your water meter.

If you miss the special collection, you can dispose of it yourself. To do so, please: 

  • Cut your tree into smaller pieces and place them in your waste disposal cart for regular collection. Ensure that no debris is sticking out of the closed container.
  • Schedule a monthly bulk collection for January by calling Utility Customer Service at (405) 359-4541 beginning Jan. 2. The bulk collection fee is $10 per cubic yard for the first two cubic yards and $5 for each additional cubic yard.
  • Take your tree to the Transfer Station located at I-35 and Covell Road for disposal. The charge for the disposal of a Christmas tree is $5.

All details and contact information for Christmas tree recycling can be found at edmondok.gov/treecycling.

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