Where Can I Recycle My Christmas Tree in Indianapolis and Other Areas?

Wondering what to do with your live Christmas tree after the holiday has passed? Residents of Indianapolis and the surrounding area are invited to participate in Christmas tree recycling. Please be sure to remove all decorations, lights, and anything else that isn’t a natural part of the tree! Local recycling programs also ask residents to remove the trees from any garbage bags, tree bags, or twine that they might have used to transport them. Trees are mulched and then used in city parks and other areas.

Indianapolis (Marion County) Christmas Tree Recycling

Ensure all ornaments and lights have been removed before disposal, including tree stands. Live Christmas trees can be dropped off between December 25 and January 31.

Christmas Tree Disposal Drop-off Locations in Indianapolis:

  • Ellenberger Park (5301 E. St. Clair Street), by the pool, in the northeast corner
  • Garfield Park (2345 Pagoda Drive), in front of the MacAllister Amphitheater
  • Northwestway Park (5253 W. 62nd St.), to the left of the entrance
  • Perry Park (451 E. Stop 11 Road), to the left of the Stop 11 main entrance
  • Riverside Park (2420 N. Riverside Drive), by the basketball court
  • Sahm Park (6801 E. 91st St.), near the recycling bins

Carmel Christmas Tree Pick-up

Free Christmas tree pick-up is available curbside on your regular trash days. Please remove all decorations and cut your tree in half. Note that each household is allotted one Christmas tree pick-up for the season.

Fishers Christmas Tree Recycling Locations

Recycling is offered from December 26 through February 1 at the locations below. Trees are mulched and then used for the town trail system and in parks. 

  • Brooks School Park (11780 Brooks School Road), Drop off in the gated parking lot area.
  • Cumberland Park (10580 Cumberland Road), Drop off in the first parking lot.
  • Roy G. Holland Memorial Park (1 Park Drive), Drop off in the gated parking lot area.

Greenwood Christmas Tree Pick-up

The Greenwood Street Department offers free curbside Christmas tree pickup through January. Trees must be undecorated and not bagged. Trees will be picked up and then transported to the city recycling area on Fry road where they will be turned into mulch. Christmas tree mulch is available for free to Greenwood residents.

Westfield Christmas Tree Pick-up

Curbside pick-up of trees will be offered through mid-January. Set trees out with your regular trash service. They do not need to be bagged. Remove all lights and decorations. If trees are taller than 4 feet, please cut them in half.

Hendricks County Christmas Tree Recycling

Residents can take advantage of free tree drop-off from December 22, 2022-January 17, 2023. Remove all lights and decor from the tree. All trees will be recycled into landscaping mulch. 

Brownsburg Yard Waste Recycling Center (90 Mardale Drive, Brownsburg)
Plainfield Yard Waste Recycling Center (7020 South CR 875 East, Plainfield)

Johnson County Christmas Tree Recycling

Johnson County has discontinued its Christmas tree recycling program, due to budget constraints. Residents are invited to bring Christmas trees to McCarty Mulch and Stone for free, as an alternative. Please be sure your tree is free of all lights, tinsel, and decorations prior to drop-off. Residents can bring trees to McCarty Mulch and Stone between 8 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday. The program runs through the end of January.

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