Residents have several options for disposal of their Christmas trees this year. There are many different types of trees: live, flocked and artificial trees. Flocked trees are live trees that have been covered in a white, snow-like spray. Each type of tree has different disposal options; please take a moment to determine how to properly dispose of your tree.
Live Tree Disposal (un-flocked)
The Cedar Rapids Solid Waste and Recycling Division collects live Christmas trees as part of the yard waste collection service.
Un-flocked trees will be collected Wednesday, December 26th through mid January.
Preparing the tree for curbside collection:
Remove all ornaments, wires and decorations from the tree.
Do not place the tree in a plastic bag.
Remove any stand or other metal objects from the tree.
Cut the tree into even halves or thirds, no longer than 6 feet each. Trees should be no larger than 2 feet in diameter.
Please set piles at least three feet from your collection carts on your normal garbage day.
The tree can be placed at the curb on your collection day. You may also place your tree into your YARDY cart for collection, but make sure the lid can close.
To protect the safety of our crews, please make sure trees are placed at the curb height for collection. Items placed on top of snow banks will not be collected.
Drop-off Locations for live, unflocked trees:
The Parks and Recreation Department has set up two sites for disposal of live Christmas trees. Trees will be accepted beginning December 26 at the Sac & Fox trail parking lot, Bertram Road and Wilder Drive SE, and Prairie Park Fishery, 2125 Otis Road SE. All tinsel, ornaments, decorations, stands, watering packets, tree wrap and netting must be removed from trees prior to disposal. Flocked trees, wreaths and garland cannot be recycled. Both sites are open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Signs indicating drop off areas are posted at each location.
Trees disposed of at the Sac & Fox lot will be chipped and used by the Indian Creek Nature Center on hiking trails. Trees dropped off at Prairie Park Fishery will be placed on the ice to use as fish habitat as the ice melts in the spring.
Flocked Trees are considered a garbage item. Trees must be cut into 3 foot sections and each section must have a $1.50 garbage sticker affixed before being set out with your garbage.
Plastic trees are also a garbage item. There are no recycling opportunities for plastic Christmas trees in the area. If you can set your artificial tree out for collection in 3 foot sections, a $1.50 sticker is required for each section.
If you cannot separate your artificial tree into sections, please call the Solid Waste & Recycling Office at (319) 286-5897 to set up a special pick-up of your tree. The tree will be collected with the Bulky Item Collection Program. The cost of collection will be $5.00 and added to your next municipal utility bill.
Cardboard is banned from the landfill, so customers must recycle the cardboard tree box in the CURBY cart.
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