For the holiday season, it is important to remember that Christmas trees cannot be discarded on the street or be left out on extensions. The City of Ann Arbor provides four free drop-off locations for undecorated Christmas trees from Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, through Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.
The four park locations will be available during normal park hours, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. The collected trees will be chipped on a regular basis at the park sites. The drop-off locations are:
1. Parking lot across the street from the Drop-Off Station at 2950 E. Ellsworth at Southeast Area Park, dirt lot north of the basketball court
2. West Park parking lot off Chapin near West Huron Street
3. Gallup Boat Launch parking lot, entrance on the southeast side of Geddes Road, East of Huron Parkway.
4. Olson Park parking lot, 1515 Dhu Varren Road, near Pontiac Trail.
All tree stands, nails, ornaments, tinsel and plastic bags must be removed from the trees and discarded. The collected evergreens are chipped into mulch or composted. Any metal, glass or plastic ornaments left on the tree can ruin the processing equipment, harm the operators, and spoil the landscaping mulch. Since wreaths and evergreen roping are generally made with wire or plastic backing, these items should be placed inside trash carts.
All drop-off locations will be closed after Jan. 31, 2020. After this time, Christmas trees must be cut, bundled and saved until the city's compost collection service resumes in April.
Please note, the city's Drop-off Station on East Ellsworth near Platt Road will not be a site for discarded Christmas trees as it had been in previous years.