Here’s How You Can Recycle Your Christmas Tree


Chesapeake residents can recycle their Christmas tree for free right after Christmas Day until Jan. 12. All you need to do is place your tree, free of all decorations, etc., on your curb to be picked up during regular trash collection times. Make sure it is not blocking the flow of traffic, pedestrians or stormwater and keep it at least three feet away from obstructions like mailboxes, telephone poles or cars.

Gloucester County

Gloucester County residents may recycle live Christmas trees at all Waste Management convenience centers, as well as the Middle Peninisula Landfill and Recycling Center. Trees
to be disposed of should have lights and decorations removed. Discarded live trees should be placed in the containers designated for “brush”.  The collection period for live trees runs from Dec. 26 until Feb. 28, 2018.


Hampton residents can set their trees out to be collected on regular trash pickup days, along with other yard recyclables. Residents can also bring naturally grown trees to be recycled at the Yard Waste Transfer Site, 100 N. Park Lane (off Big Bethel Road at entrance to Bethel Landfill) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday (closed city holidays). Place natural trees separate from bulk waste and regular trash. Do not put in a bag or put netting around it. Artificial trees should not be placed with leaves, grass or tree branches.

Isle of Wight County

Isle of Wight County residents  take their trees to any of the eight Refuse and Recycling Centers to be recycled. Look for the specially containers on site or ask an attendant for assistance.

James City County

James City County residents can recycle their Christmas trees for free through Jan. 31 at any County Convenience Center During normal operating hours. The Centers are located at 117 Tewning Road, 1204 Jolly Pond Road and 185 Industrial Boulevard. All decorations and tree stands must be removed prior to recycling.


Norfolk residents can place their live trees on the curb on their trash collection days from now until Jan. 31. You can also deliver it to the Waste Management Facility on Pineridge Road Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach residents can recycle their Christmas trees by placing it on the curb to be picked up during regular trash collection times or take it to the City Landfill and Resource Recovery Center. Make sure it is free of all decorations, etc.

York County

York County residents can participate in the curbside Christmas tree recycling program from Jan. 8 through Jan. 12.  Place your tree at the curb by 7 a.m. on Jan. 8th for collection that week. Tree should be free of the stand, ornaments, tinsel, lights and should be no bigger than six feet in length. Christmas trees are also accepted throughout January at the VPPSA Compost Facility Located at 145 Goodwin Neck Road, Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.