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Ornaments and decorations are getting packed away, but some families wonder what to do with their Christmas tree now that the holidays are over.
The Burlington County Commissioners are encouraging residents to bring their live Christmas trees to the Burlington County Resource Recovery Complex at 22000 Burlington-Columbus Road in Florence to be chipped and composted.
The County’s “Treecycle” service is offered at the complex Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 5 PM and Saturdays from 7 AM to noon.
The complex cannot recycle artificial, bagged or flocked trees. All stands, lights, tinsel, wires, ornaments and garland must also be removed.
Holiday lights should not be discarded in recycling cans but can also be brought to the Resource Recovery Complex to be recycled.
Burlington County Commissioner Deputy Director Tom Pullion said recycling your discarded tree and unwanted lights is an environmentally friendly way to start off the new year.
“With the holidays now over, many residents are now packing up their holiday decorations and taking down their trees,” said Pullion, the Board’s liaison to the Department of Solid Waste and Recycling. “We want to remind everyone that our County’s treecycling service is available free of charge. It’s a sustainable way to ring in 2022 and it also helps save money for our municipalities by reducing the amount of waste entering our landfill.”
Several municipalities also offer curbside collection and/or a drop off for discarded trees. Residents should contact their local town to verify when collections occur and any special requirements or restrictions.
Information about curbside tree collections is also available on the county’s Recycling Coach app. The free app has information about the County’s recycling program and accepted materials, as well as updates and alerts about collection schedules for each town and tips and advice about recycling.
The Recycling Coach app can be downloaded from iTunes or the GooglePlay app store.
For more information, call 609-499-1001, ext. 271 or 272 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Burlington County collects recycling in all 40 of our towns and we’re one of the only counties in New Jersey to provide this service free-of-charge. It is a proven property tax saver that we’re extremely proud of, but we need our residents to help out by taking the time to recycle the right materials properly,” Pullion said. “Downloading the Recycling Coach app is a great way to stay up to date with the recycling schedule and to understand exactly what can and cannot be recycled.”
Local curbside Christmas tree collection information (not all towns are listed and residents are encouraged to verify with local municipality):
Important - Trees are chipped into mulch - so only the "bare" tree can be recycled.
No Flocked Trees, no tree stands, bagged trees, lights, ornaments, garland and tinsel!
Collection Information for Real Christmas Trees
Real trees wil be collected every Wednesday from last week of December through the end of January, weather permitted. All trees must be unwrapped/unbagged and all tinsel, ornamants, lights, etc. must be removed.
Set curbside on Wednesdays, remove all decorations and lights, no tree bags.
Pickup starts Jan. 4th, remove all decorations and lights and leave at curb. Township accepts Christmas lights at their recycling depot.
Starting Mon. Jan 3 residents can call 609 386 0754 for pick up. Remove all decorations and lights.
Trees(remove lights/ornaments) will be collected on regular tree branch pickup schedule - call 609-239-5909 for dates.
"Real" trees are accepted at the recycling convenience center Tues. & Thurs. 7:30 am to 7:30 pm and Sats. 8am to 3pm.
Set curbside starting Jan. 10th. Remove all lights/decorations. No Tree Bags! Trees can also be dropped off at Public Works Convenience Center 7 days/week. Questions call Public Works at 856-829-6703.
Set curbside the week of Jan. 10th, remove lights, ornaments and no bagged trees.
Picked up in January until all are collected
Tree collection starts Jan. 11th. They should be placed curbside and all lights, decorations, stands, etc. must be removed. Questions call Public Works at 609-267-5723 ext. 210.
Set curbside on trash day.
Real Trees will be collected by zone Jan. 18th thru Jan. 28th. Set trees curbside on the Monday of your designated collection week. (no collection on Jan, 17th)
Set curbside week of Jan. 10th. Live trees must be 5' or smaller or cut in half. Remove lights, ornaments, stands, no bagged trees.
Set curbside, remove lights, ornaments and no bagged trees. Flocked trees are accepted as long as they are separated.
Tree collection will be picked up curbside by zone. Zone 1 collection is January 3rd. Zone 2 collection is January 10th. Zone 3 collection is January 18th.
Set curbside on trash day or bring to the DPW yard on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Questions, call 609-267-3217, ext. 143.
Pickup curbside begins January 3rd & ends January 21st. Four Seasons & Homestead trees picked up January 7th, 10th, 14th, 18th, & 21st.
Curbside collection begins Jan. 3 thru Jan. 31. NO lights, stands, ornaments.
Tree collection starts January 17th in district order 4, 1, 2, 3.
Pickup begins on Jan. 24th and ends on Feb. 5th. Place at curb on regular trash day or bring to the DPW yard during regular hours.
set out on brush collection days
Place at curb in January. Remove lights, ornaments and no bagged trees.
Picked up curbside whole month of January, no need to call
residents may bring to brush dropoff at town convenience center during regular hours
Picked up curbside starting January 1st. All ornamants, tinsel, lights, etc. must be removed and no stands will be accepted. Trees must be unbagged. Residents can also bring them to the public works yard on Saturdays from 7am to 12pm.
Picked up curbside in January. All ornamants, tinsel, lights, etc. must be removed.
Put out with regular trash or to recycle, bring to public works yard (no lights, ornaments, or bagged trees)
Set out curbside for township collection. Flocked trees may be placed curbside on your regular trash day.
Picked up on Brush collection days.
Local boy scouts troop is doing a tree collection in January. Please contact township directly for details.
Tree pickup will begin January 10th through January 21st (2 weeks). Please call 609-859-2736 with your address to schedule pickup.
Tree collection will begin the first week in January on resident's trash day. All orgnamants, lights, tinsel, stands, etc. must be removed. Trees must be unbagged.
Picked up curbside starting January 10th to January 2022.
Picked up curbside in January.