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 Monday, Dec. 11, 2023, through Monday, Jan. 15, 2024.
The four park locations will be open for Christmas tree drop offs 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. Bicentennial Park (Southeast
Area Park) located on Ellsworth at Platt. Trees may be left at the dirt lot north of the basketball courts.
2. West Park parking lot off Chapin near West Huron Street.
3. Gallup Boat Launch parking lot (not the Gallup Livery), 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, lights, ornaments, tinsel and plastic items must be removed from the trees and discarded before drop-off. The collected Christmas Trees are chipped into mulch or composted. Any lights, 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 (garland?) are generally made with wire or plastic backing, these items should be placed inside trash carts.
After Jan. 15, 2024 trees
must be stored away or branches less than 6 inches in diameter can be cut and placed
in compost carts for monthly winter compost service or saved for regular curbside compost service which resumes in April, 2024.