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Holiday Tree Recycling

January/February 2017

From the SWALCO website


The stockings are empty.  The tree is looking sad.  Yes, Virginia, it’s the aftermath of Christmas.

You may not be packing up already but it’s probably on your New Year to-do list.  But what do you with your dried-out Christmas Tree?  Don’t send it to the landfill.  There are many ways to recycle your (real) Christmas Tree after the ornaments are put away.

Many cities have tree pick up and recycling right at your curbside. But if your town does not offer curbside recycling, you can drop off your tree at one of the Lake County Forest Preserve sites for recycling.  Trees will be chipped and used for trails and landscaping.  You’ll get a nice, warm, fuzzy feeling walking the trails this Spring knowing a little bit of your Christmas cheer lines the paths of one of our many forest preserves.

Trees can be dropped off at the following sites daily from 6:30am to sunset. Drop-offs are accepted at the marked sites only between December 26 and February 1. They must be undecorated real Christmas trees, no yard waste.

  • Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods – drop trees off at the end of main entrance road 
  • Grant Woods, Fox Lake – drop off trees at Monaville Road entrance, second parking lot
  • Half Day, Vernon Hills – drop trees off next to maintenance facility Heron Creek, Long Grove – drop trees off at Shelter A
  • Old School, Libertyville – drop trees off near main entrance

For more information caontact Lake County Forest Preserves at 847-367-6840.


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