Where to recycle your Christmas tree

2 Jan

According to the metrics I’m seeing on my blog page, a lot of people are searching Google for information about how and where to recycle their Christmas trees, and the search results are directing them to Webster on the Web.

Unfortunately, I’ve learned from experience that people don’t look at the dates posted next to their search results, and don’t notice when the information they’re seeing is two years — or more — old. So I figured it might be a good idea to put some updated information out there so I don’t get any more angry emails.

Here’s where you can recycle your Christmas tree (2023 edition)

Village of Webster: The Public Works Dept. will collect your Christmas tree as part of their normal brush pick-up runs, which take place during the first full week of every month. The next two scheduled runs will begin Jan. 9 and Feb. 6.

Put your tree at the curb no later than the Sunday night before pick-up week, because the crews will be making only one pass through the village.

Town of Webster: According to the Town’s website, you can drop your tree off at the Town Highway Department, 1005 Picture Parkway. Follow the signs for the drop-off location when you get there, and make sure you’ve removed all the lights and decorations.

Penfield: According to the Town of Penfield website,

The Department of Public Works is accepting non-artificial trees for recycling at the Highway Garage located at 1607 Jackson Road. Trees can be dropped off at any time, being placed just to the right side of the facility gates. Look for the sign labeled “X-Mas Trees.” All trees will be ground up and made part of the mulch pile, which is available on the westside of the Town Hall complex. 

Irondequoit has a Trees for Trails program, which is described on their Facebook page:

Holiday Tree Recycling at Helmer Nature Center! Starting December 26, bring your trees to our parking lot for recycling. The trees will be transformed into wood chips to control erosion on our trails. Volunteers will be on hand to help unload your tree and load them into the chipper on Saturday January 14 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Make sure to remove all ornaments, lights, twine, string, wire, or bags from your tree. And note that they cannot accept any trees after 1 p.m. on Jan. 14.

Helmer Nature Center is located at 154 Pinegrove Ave.

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(posted 1/2/2023)

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