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Christmas Tree Recycling

Please DO NOT dump trees in alleys.


Please recycle your Christmas tree after the holidays. The City offers multiple sites throughout the City to easily recycle the trees.

Dried out Christmas trees pose a serious fire hazard and leaving them in alleys creates a fire danger to all nearby residents and businesses.

The City recycles Christmas trees from January 7-22. Bring in your tree; you can also pick up mulch at several locations.

Always break down your cardboard boxes, keep them dry and place them into blue bins for recycling. For safety reasons, make sure to turn them inside out and only place them in the carts close to your pickup day.

Wrapping paper, cardboard, delivery bags, packing peanuts, bubble wrap, and other products are treated differently so the best way to find out how to recycle it all is found in the Chicago Recycling Guide.

Packing peanuts are re-useable and it's best to keep them out of our rivers and lakes. Some other helpful REUSING tips for non-recyclable packing peanuts- Are Packing Peanuts Recyclable? 22 Ways to Recycle Packing Peanuts. Packing peanuts (and other EPS) are among the most common sources of marine garbage. They are ingested by marine life in our local rivers and lakes and destroy the ecosystem.

Visit these links for the details on bubble wrap and soft plastics (The Final Word on Plastics) like paper bags, mailing packages, Amazon packaging, and more. Click here to enter an address and find a nearby store location to drop off items. Let's keep all of this out of alleys and trash cans as much as we can!



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