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Christmas Tree Drop-off Sites Open Dec. 12-Jan. 16

Archived News Release: December 7, 2022 - ​The City of Ann Arbor will once again provide drop-off disposal locations for used, undecorated Christmas trees beginning Monday, Dec. 12, 2022, through Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. The city provides four free drop-off locations at city parks .  

The f our 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:

  • Southeast Area Park located on Ellsworth at Platt. Trees may be left at the dirt lot north of the basketball courts.

  • West Park parking lot off Chapin near West Huron Street.

  • Gallup Boat Launch parking lot (not the Gallup Livery), entrance on the southeast side of Geddes Road, East of Huron Parkway. 

  • Olson Park parkin g 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. 16, 2023, 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 2023. For more information on composting, visit  

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Media Contact Information

Robert Kellar
Communications Specialist
734.794.6000 x41524
[email protected]

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