Christmas Tree Recycling

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Christmas Tree Recycling.

Recycling your Christmas tree is a great way to reduce the amount of waste created over the holidays. Watch this short video to learn how Christmas tree recycling helps sustain our environment.

Ready to recycle your tree? Here are some simple do’s and don’ts to get your tree ready for recycling.


  • Remove all items from the tree so it looks the way it did when you purchased or cut it
  • Cut trees in half if they are too long (see details below)


  • Attempt to recycle artificial or flocked trees
  • Put it in your recycle bin
  • Leave it in the tree stand
  • Leave ornaments, tinsel or any other decoration on the tree

To Recycle Your Tree in The City of Lincoln

Drop off Christmas trees at Lincoln Airport at 1420 Flightline Drive (open field adjacent to the airport) between December 26 and January 4. All lights and ornaments must be removed. No flocked trees.

Christmas trees may be placed in green waste containers if all lights and ornaments are removed and the tree is cut to 4’ or smaller. No flocked trees. All trees will be composted.

You may also sign up for a Lincoln Boy Scouts Tree Pickup.