Howard County Government wants to remind residents that a variety of FREE Christmas tree recycling options are available through the Merry Mulch program. Since 1993, the Merry Mulch Christmas tree recycling program has kept thousands of trees out of the landfill, thus helping to save the environment and reducing landfill maintenance. All collected trees are delivered to a compost facility and will be recycled into compost and mulch.
Curbside Holiday Tree Recycling is available for eastern Howard County residents who have curbside yard waste recycling service. If you live in this area, you can recycle your tree on your normal recycling day from December 26 through the third week in January. Trees will not be collected on trash days if you receive curbside yard waste collection. If you are unsure if you receive yard waste service, call 410-313-6444.
How to Prepare Your Holiday Tree for Recycling
• Remove all tinsel, garland, ornaments, tree stands, plastic bags, or any other man-made materials.
• Set your tree out the night before your pick up. Trees are picked up by a separate truck, as early as 6 a.m. or as late as 7 p.m.
Other Ways to Dispose of Your Tree
There are convenient sites around the county where you can take your tree to be recycled.
12260 Route 108
River Hill Garden Center
12165 Route 108
Cedar Lane Park
5081 Cedar Lane
Grandfather’s Garden Center
5320 Phelps Luck Drive
5400 Landing Road
Court House Drive
parking lot near Courthouse
Schooley Mill Park
12975 Hall Shop Road
Alpha Ridge Landfill
2350 Marriottsville Road
8400 Fair Street
Western Regional Park
14800 Carrs Mill Road
Alpha Ridge Landfill Residents’ Convenience Center
Don’t worry if it’s past the third week in January . . . You can still RECYCLE your tree at the landfill Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.