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Christmas Tree Shredding

December 28, 2016

(updated 12/29/16)

Instead of putting your live tree out by the curb to be hauled off as trash, consider giving it new life as a trail, a garden bed or a part of a playground!

As many as 30 million Christmas trees are purchased each year – imagine if those all went to the landfill after the ornaments are taken down. Take advantage of the collection programs available in the region to make better use of your Christmas gem.

Ada Village & Township
Ada residents may drop off their trees and wreaths for recycling in the rear parking lot at Ada Township Park from through Jan. 16, 2017 between 7:30AM and 8PM.

Algoma Township
Algoma Township does not have a Christmas tree disposal program.

Alpine Township
Alpine Township has a Christmas tree recycling location at the Township offices, 5255 Alpine Avenue NW. The trees can be placed in the orange fenced in area near the west parking lot. The service runs until January 28, 2017.

Byron Township
Byron Township does not have a Christmas tree disposal program.

Caledonia Village
The Village of Caledonia will pick up trees on the curb within the Village. If the trees is over 8’ tall, we request that it be cut in half. There is no drop off site. Trees will be chipped.

Cannon Township
Cannon Township will be providing a drop off for Christmas trees from December 26, 2016 through January 7, 2017. You may recycle your tree in the drop-off area on the west side of the Township building in the parking lot as early as Dec. 26. If you need assistance, members of the RHS Honor Society will be volunteering their time on Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 help unload your tree. Donations will be accepted in the front drop box of the Township building (or in person on the 7th) to benefit the RHS National Honor Society. The trees will be recycled so please remove all wire, tinsel, etc (no wreaths). Trees will not be accepted after 3:00 p.m. on January 7. Anyone leaving a tree after 3:00 p.m. will be ILLEGALLY DUMPING.

Cedar Springs Village
Cedar Springs does not have a Christmas tree disposal program.

Courtland Township
CHRISTMAS TREE DROP-OFF is available behind fire station #1, 7480 14 Mile Road, until January 31, 2017. Please remove all balls and ornaments.

East Grand Rapids
Christmas trees may be placed out for collection by the Public Works Department from Monday of the first full week of January through Friday of the second full week of January. Items with metal attached (trees stands, wired garlands, and wreaths) cannot be collected and must be disposed of separately by the resident.
Trees should be placed out for collection prior to the resident’s regular yard waste collection during this two week collection service. Thereafter, residents should store their discarded tree in a rear yard until city yard-waste collection services resume in April.

Gaines Township
Gaines Charter Township does not offer a program for Christmas tree recycling/drop-off/pick-up.

Grand Rapids
Free Drop-Off Christmas Tree Disposal
The City offers free drop-off sites for Christmas trees through February 3rd. The sites are located at:
• Riverside Park (north entrance) located at 3151 Monroe Ave NE
• JC Family Park located at 2531 Kalamazoo Ave SE
• Lincoln Park located at 1120 Bridge St NW
• Huff Park located at 2399 Ball Ave NE
Fee-Based Curbside Pickup Program
The alternative method for disposing of Christmas Trees is to attach a $2.50 City bulk yard waste tag (purple tag) to the tree and place it in the pickup area by 7 a.m. on the regular refuse collection day. Bulk yard waste tags may be purchased at City Hall, 300 Monroe Ave NW, in the customer service lobby. City Hall is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some local stores may also have the tags in stock.
Christmas trees that are placed in the refuse pick-up area must be properly tagged for collection. The tag must be visible at the time of collection. Residents should make every effort to be sure that the tree is able to be collected (not buried in the snow) and the tag visible. All ornaments, other decorations, tinsel, nails, 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. Lost or stolen tags are the responsibility of the resident to replace.

Grand Rapids Township
Grand Rapids Township does not have a Christmas tree disposal program.

Christmas trees can be dropped off at 4095 White Street in Grandville. The location is open, Monday-Friday from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, until the snow makes the driveway impassable. Tree branch drop off year around for
Grandville residents.

Grattan Township
Grattan Township does not have a Christmas tree disposal program.

Lowell Township
Lowell Township does not have a Christmas tree disposal program.

Nelson Township
Nelson Township does not have a Christmas tree disposal program.

Oakfield Township
Oakfield Township does not have a Christmas tree disposal program.

The City of Rockford offers curbside Christmas tree pickup for two weeks after Christmas. Pickup does not happen on a particular day.

Village residents are invited to recycle their Christmas trees through January 31, 2017. Please ensure all trees are free all ornaments, any metal, and any plastic. Holiday wreaths are not accepted unless they are free of all bindings and/or metal. Please place trees in the designated area behind the Department of Public Works Garage located at 276 W. Division St. next to the police department. Residents may take the wood chips for no cost.

Solon Township
Solon Township does not offer a Christmas tree collection program.

The city of Walker will be collecting Christmas trees from Dec. 26 to Jan. 21 at the following locations:
Walker City Hall, 4243 Remembrance Road NW
Walker Community Park, 650 Cummings Ave. NW
Fire Station No. 3 ,1470 Three Mile Road NW.
Christmas tree recycling is open to Walker residents only. Trees must be clean of decorations, and cannot be placed in a plastic bag.

Wyoming residents can drop off their trees at the Wyoming Public Service Center at 2660 Burlingame Ave. SW.
The center is open during the winter from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and will also be open for special Saturday hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 31, Jan. 7 and Jan. 14.

Know of a location that isn’t listed here? Let us know! email or call 616.632.7920.

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