Here's How To Properly Dispose Of That Christmas Tree

Dec 31, 2018

It was fun while it lasted, but its time has come. Yep, we're talking about kicking your Christmas tree to the curb. 

What is arguably the least wonderful time of the year for many (broken ornaments! Unstringing lights! Those needles!) is now upon us, and the city of Cincinnati wants you to know there is a right way to dispose of your Christmas tree, which - as it turns out - is recyclable, if done properly. 

Please note the following only applies to real Christmas trees. If you want to dispose of a fake Christmas tree, that goes out with your regular trash says a spokeswoman with Cincinnati's Department of Public Services.

Here's how to do it: 

  • Remove all items from the tree including ornaments, tinsel, stands and lights. (Here's how you can properly dispose of - and recycle! - unwanted or broken holiday lights.) 
  • Do not use a tree bag.
  • Do not cut your tree into pieces. It may be placed at the curbside whole, minus all of the aforementioned adornments.
  • Place your naked tree curbside on your next scheduled yard waste/recycling pickup.

Once picked up, trees are then chipped and used as pine mulch or are added to large compost piles. 

If you have any questions or need more information call the City of Cincinnati Public Services Department at 513-591-6000.

Covington Tree Disposal

Covington is offering residents two ways to recycle their tree. Starting Jan. 4, you can call Rumpke at 800-828-8171 or email covington@rumpke.com 48 hours in advance to arrange to have your naked tree picked up from your curb on garbage collection day. Or, as of Dec. 27, you can drop it off one of three locations: 

  • At the parking lot off of Tripoli and Hands Pike, adjacent to Neighborhood Park 
  • Devou Park Urban Forestry Garage at 1700 Montague Road
  • The parking lot at 14 Pete Rose Pier, on the north side of the Ohio River floodway near the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge

This story first appeared in December 2018 and has been updated.