The City of Grand Rapids Public Services Department  has free Christmas tree recycling.

City residents may take their trees to the following park locations:

  • Riverside Park (north entrance), 2001 Monroe Ave., NE
  • Jaycee McKay Family Park, 2531 Kalamazoo Ave., SE
  • Lincoln Park, 398 Garfield Ave., NW
  • Huff Park, 2286 Ball Ave, NE

You may bring your Christmas tree to any of the above locations between the hours of 7am and 7pm, Monday through Sunday, beginning Wednesday, January 2nd and ending January 31st. All ornaments, tinsel, nails, tree stands and any other decorations need to be removed from the tree prior to recycling. Remember to remove any plastic bags from around the tree prior to drop off. Residents are encouraged to use the free drop locations to recycle their Christmas trees.

The alternative method for disposing of your tree is to attach a $1.50 City bulk yard waste tag (purple tag) to the tree and place it in your pickup area by 7:00 a.m. on the regular refuse collection day. Christmas trees that are placed in the refuse pick-up area must be properly tagged for collection. All ornaments, other decorations, tinsel, nails and tree stands and any plastic bags on the tree need to be removed prior to collection. If not properly tagged, the property owner is subject to a notice of violation and possible fine.

Residents with any questions may contact the Public Services Department at 456-3232.