How can you get rid of your Christmas tree if you live in the Baltimore area?

Here's how you can dispose of your Christmas tree in Baltimore.
Here's how you can dispose of your Christmas tree in Baltimore. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

As Maryland residents move past Christmas and prep for 2019, some may notice the pine needles on their Christmas tree starting to drop.

Those in the greater Baltimore area looking to dispose of their tree before a New Year’s Eve gathering have several options.


Baltimore City

Free curbside tree collection runs Jan. 2 through Jan. 31. Residents should set out trees on their regularly scheduled trash collection day, at the same location where trash is collected. All tinsel and ornaments must be removed from trees.

Baltimore residents can also donate Christmas trees for mulching at the Northwest Citizens’ Convenience Center, at 2840 Sisson St. The center will accept trees Monday through Saturday, excluding city holidays, Jan. 5 through Jan. 26. The center is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. City residents and community groups may bring bags or containers to collect mulch for their own use or for neighborhood gardens, while supplies last.


The Baltimore Department of Public Works asks residents to recycle wrapping paper, cards and recyclable packaging from gifts during normal collection days. Wrapping paper can be recycled if it scrunches. However, foil-based wrapping materials, shiny bags, bows, ribbons and tissue paper are not recyclable.

Baltimore County

Residents should place trees along with regularly recycled materials for curbside pickup over a two-week period starting Jan. 14.

Anne Arundel County

Christmas trees are considered yard waste recyclables in Anne Arundel County and can be disposed of through curbside collection. Residents can also drop trees at any of the three recycling centers at 100 Dover Road North East in Glen Burnie, at 389 Burns Crossing Road in Severn and 5400 Nutwell Sudley Road in Deale.

Harford County

Residents can drop off Christmas trees for recycling at the Harford Waste Disposal Center at 3135 Scarboro Road, in Street or at 703 North Tollgate Road in Bel Air.


Check with individual license haulers for details of curbside pickup.

Howard County

Residents in Howard County can participate in the Merry Mulch program, in which trees are recycled at one of eight drop-off locations.

Towns throughout Maryland host their own versions of New Year’s Eve ball drops, but get a little more creative. Here’s a sampling.

» Kendall Hardware at 12260 Route 108 in Clarksville

» 5081 Cedar Lane in Columbia

» 5400 Landing Road in Elkridge

» Small Circuit Court parking lot on upper Court House Drive in Ellicott City

» 12975 Hall Shop Road in Highland

» Alpha Ridge Landfill Wood Waste Area at 2350 Marriottsville Road in Marriottsville

» 8400 Fair St. in Savage

» Western Regional Park at 14800 Carrs Mill Road in Woodbine

The county also has curbside tree recycling through Jan. 19, after which time the tree will be taken to a landfill and not recycled. Trees can be recycled year round by taking them to the Alpha Ridge Wood Waste Area.

Carroll County

Christmas trees can be dropped off next to the Skate Park at Locust Street and Leslie B. Leister Lane in Westminster until March 31. A sign for Christmas trees is next to a dumpster for their placement.

Check with individual haulers for directions on curbside pickup.

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