The Department of Sanitation’s Christmas Tree Collection will run from January 6 through January 15, 2022. You can put your live Christmas tree curbside for chipping and composting at any time during the special collection period. Collected trees will be chipped, mixed with leaves, and recycled into rich compost for NYC's parks, institutions, and community gardens.

Before placing your tree curbside, you must remove:

  • Lights
  • Ornaments
  • Plastic bags
  • Tinsel
  • Tree stands
  • Other tree-related accessories

Trees that still have items attached can’t be composted and will be collected as regular trash.

Collections may be delayed due to severe weather. You may leave the tree out until it is collected.

Learn more about Christmas Tree Collection.

After the Christmas Tree Collection ends, disposal rules depend on the tree's size:

  • Trees larger than 4 feet by 3 feet require a Bulk Item Disposal appointment.
  • Trees 4 feet by 3 feet or smaller can be put out according to your normal trash schedule; no appointments are necessary.

If you are throwing out an artificial Christmas tree 4 feet or smaller, you can put it curbside with your regular trash. If the tree is greater than 4 feet, you must make a bulk pick-up appointment.

To schedule a bulk pick-up appointment, visit the Bulk Item Disposal page.

Missed collection reports are not being taken yet. Reports will be accepted from January 24 to February 4.

You may leave your Christmas tree curbside until it's collected.

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