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After Santa leaves, here’s how to get rid of your Christmas tree

Pile of Christmas trees at South Burlington Drop-Off Center

Got a live tree? Give it a new life as Yule Fuel! Bring your tree to us and we’ll make sure it gets one last opportunity to light up the night: Santa’s elves (also known as the McNeil Wood & Yard Waste Depot staff) will chip it up and used as fuel to produce electricity.

Step 1: Remove all ornaments, tinsel, and other decorations. Wire, plastic and other non-wood parts are contaminants.

Step 2: Bring it to any CSWD Drop-Off Center (except for Burlington and Hinesburg locations).

Step 3: Go home. You’re done!

Up to 3 trees per day are accepted for free at South Burlington, Richmond, Essex, and Milton. Unlimited quantities of trees are welcome at the Williston Drop-Off Center through January 31. The McNeil Wood & Yard Waste Depot in Burlington accepts unlimited quantities at no charge year-round.


Drop-off facilities for your trees

Note: Dumping mechanisms allowed only at the Williston Drop-Off Center and McNeil Wood & Yard Waste Depot.

  • McNeil Wood & Yard Waste Depot: 111 Intervale Road, Burlington: Tue-Fri 8-12; Sat 8-4
  • Essex Drop-Off Center: 218 Colchester Rd (Rt. 2A, opposite the Rt. 289 exit ramp): Tues 9:30-5; Wed, Thu, Fri & Sat 8-3:30
  • Milton Drop-Off Center: 36 Landfill Rd (off Rt. 7): Mon 9:30-5; Fri & Sat 8-3:30
  • Richmond Drop-Off Center: 80 Rogers Ln (Rt. 117/River Rd): Tues & Sat 8-3:30; Thu 9:30-5
  • South Burlington Drop-Off Center: 87 Landfill Rd (off Patchen Rd): Mon, Tue, Thu & Sat 8-3:30; Fri 9:30-5
  • Williston Drop-Off Center: 1492 Redmond Rd: Mon-Sat 8-3:30

Curbside pick-up

Remove all decorations, take it out of the stand, and don’t put it in a bag!

  • Burlington: Tuesday, January 10th at 7am. Free.
  • Essex & Essex Junction: Wednesday, January 4th at 7am. Free. (Trees will be picked up by January 6th, weather permitting.)
  • Other: If you subscribe to curbside trash and recycling pickup, your hauler may offer Christmas tree pickup for an extra fee. Find their contact number on our hauler page.
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Clare has lived in Tennessee, New Mexico, California, Virginia, Connecticut, Texas, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and, for the past 10 years, Vermont. She can be found peering into recycling bins everywhere to see what works and is frequently quizzed about recycling and composting in random places when people find out where she works. She spends as much time as possible playing ukulele and roaming through Vermont’s spectacular mountains and forests.