Rather than tossing away a natural Christmas tree after the Yuletide celebration, residents should consider recycling these evergreens. They can serve as fish habitat in area lakes, chipped wood paths along natural surface walking trails, mulch and more.
The Division of Environmental Health and Protection leads the natural tree recycling collection in St. Charles County and partners with several local organizations to provide convenient drop-off locations.
To recycle natural Christmas trees in St. Charles County, residents must remove the stand, all decorations, lights and any packaging. Trees may be taken to any of these locations:
St. Charles County Recycle Works locations
Both are open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Dec. 26 to Jan. 12. Please Note: The Recycle Works facilities are not open on Sundays.
Additional Tree Collection Locations in St. Charles County
Open 7 a.m. to sunset, daily, Dec. 26 to Jan. 12
Open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Dec. 26 to Jan. 12. Please Note: St. Peters Earth Centre is not open on Sundays.
Recycling Additional Holiday Materials
The County’s Recycle Works facilities also accept light strands, cardboard gift boxes and wrapping paper. Clean paper, certain plastics and corrugated cardboard are collected at no charge to residents. Glass is accepted at the Recycle Works West facility only. Various electronic items, appliances and accessories are processed for a small fee. For more information on how to use St. Charles County’s recycling program or to discover how additional materials may be recycled through these facilities, please call 636-949-1800 or visit https://www.sccmo.org/RecycleWorks.