What to do with your Christmas tree in Carroll County and its municipalities

Christmas is in the rearview.

Maybe you’ve kept that festive tree up for New Year’s Eve decor. Maybe it’s laying in your backyard.


Regardless, you’ll want to figure out what to do with that thing — how to dispose of it appropriately.

The Times compiled a list of Christmas tree collection practices for Carroll County and all it’s municipalities.


Carroll County

Residents of unincorporated areas of Carroll County can drop off Christmas trees separate from other garbage at either of the two county landfills for disposal.


The Town of Hampstead will be collecting Christmas trees from residents the first two Mondays in the new year (Jan. 7 and 14).

Town staff suggests residents take their trees out to their curbs the Sunday night before collection.


The Town of Manchester’s tree pickup will take place on two Fridays, Jan. 11 and 18.

Clemsonville Christmas Tree Farm, located along a winding road tucked into a rural corner of Union Bridge. Michael Ryan, owner of the 250-acre farm has been bringing Christmas magic to his customers for 44 years.

Residents are encouraged to put the tree out the night before because pickup will happen early in the morning.

Trees must be free of all ornaments and decorations and should not be placed in bags. Leave them out at the curb the same as normal trash pickup.

Mount Airy

Christmas trees will be collected from Mount Airy residents on Sunday, Jan. 13.

Those wishing to have their trees collected should leave them by the curb the night before.

New Windsor

New Windsor is having Christmas tree pickup on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 9 and 16, according to the town website.

According to a post on the New Windsor town Facebook page, residents on Main Street are asked to place trees at the back of their property.


Christmas trees will be picked up on Jan. 9 and 16 in Sykesville, and residents are asked to leave them at the curb the night before pickup.


The City of Taneytown will collect Christmas trees from its residents Jan. 12.

Carroll County garden club members decorated a holiday tree with a Carroll County barn quilt theme Nov. 26 with Maryland first lady Yumi Hogan at the State House rotunda.

Trees must be placed at the curb by 5 a.m. that day and they may not have any decorations, cannot be wrapped in plastic bags and must be removed from tree stands, city staff said.

Taneytown will not collect other yard waste or tree clippings, staff added.

Union Bridge

The Town of Union Bridge will collect Christmas trees from its in-town residents on Jan. 12, but only for those residents who have contacted Linda Biddle at 410-775-2341 to put their address on the list.


Residents of the City of Westminster can take their Christmas trees to the designated dumpster at the skate park on Locust Lane for the entire month of January.

The city collects trees every other Monday — excluding those that are city holidays — upon request by residents. Residents must call 410-848-9077 to schedule a tree pickup, according to the city’s website.

All ornaments, decorations and lights must be removed from the festive trees, which must be removed from the stands. Trees for collection are not to be wrapped in plastic, trash bags or blankets, the city says.

Westminster saves money when residents participate in the Christmas tree recycling program by creating mulch for city park grounds, flower beds and tree pits, the website details. “Each year we are able to produce 200 tons of mulch, which saves us from having to buy it at a local supply yard.”

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