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Updated December 17, 2015 6:42 AM
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(BLOOMINGTON) - When it's time to recycle your holiday tree (No artificial trees will be accepted), bring your holiday tree to one of Monroe County Solid Waste Management District's five centers to recycle.

Trees without ornaments, lights, or tinsel may be dropped off December 26, 2015 through January 16, 2016. Ninety three percent of real holiday tree consumers recycle their tree in community recycling programs, their garden, or backyard. The District recommends placing holiday trees in your yard as a brush pile to create habitat for wildlife and nutrients for the soil.

However, if that is not possible for your household, the District recommends bringing the tree to one of the District's five recycling centers on the dates and locations listed below.

Trees will be collected at the four Rural Recycling Centers, and the South Walnut Recycling Center on 3400 South Walnut Street.

The drop off collection service is sponsored by the District, in partnership with Republic Services and Good Earth LLC. Trees will be delivered to Good Earth LLC where they will be chipped into mulch and sold to the community.

Holiday Tree Recycling Drop Off Collection Services:

December 26, 2015 - January 16, 2016. No orange bag needed. Remove all ornaments. No lights, tinsel, or artificial snow.

The South Walnut Recycling Center at 3400 South Walnut Street. Open Tuesday through Saturday 7:30 am to 5:30 pm;

The following are open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 7 a.m. till 6 p.m.

  • The Ellettsville Recycling Center, 6200 North Matthews Drive
  • The Westside Recycling Center, 341 North Oard Road, (off St. Rd. 48, west of 37)
  • The Southside Recycling Center, 400 West Dillman Road, (1/8 mile west of 37)
  • The Northeast Recycling Center in New Unionville on East Bethel Lane

Old holiday trees are sometimes used on land for erosion barriers, or in lakes and ponds for fish shelter.

According to the University of Illinois Extension "Christmas Tree Facts" web page, the best selling trees are Scotch pine, Douglas fir, Noble fir, Fraser fir, Virginia pine, balsam fir and white pine. However, the District recycles them all.

University of Illinois Extension also states that today 98 percent of all Christmas trees are grown on farms, 73 million new Christmas trees will be planted this year and on average, over 2,000 Christmas trees are planted per acre with an average of 1,000-1,500 of these trees that will survive.

For more information on recycling holiday trees, call the District at (812) 349-2020 or refer to the web site at

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