Recycle your Christmas Tree in Hampton Roads

Safely dispose of your Christmas tree after the last gift has been unwrapped. Here are the curbside pickup policies for your area and locations where you can drop your tree off!

Important things to remember:

  • Don’t forget to remove all ornaments, lights, and tinsel.
  • If your town allows for curbside pick up, remember to get your tree to the curb with the rest of your trash before 7 a.m. on pick up day.
  • Remember to recycle: wrapping paper, tissue paper, gift boxes, cards, envelopes, paper gift bags
  • DO NOT recycle: Laminated wrapping paper, decorations, sticky gift labels, foam peanuts, cellophane
  • Reuse: Bows and coated gift bags

Christmas Tree Collections: Trees will be picked up as trash only through Tuesday, Jan. 3. Please hold your tree until Wednesday, Jan. 4 to 13 for recycling. Trees should be free of all decorations. Find out what Christmas trash you can recycle, reuse or throw out.


This is only for real or live Christmas trees or wreaths. Bring Christmas trees or wreaths to the convenience center to be recycled. Let the attendant know that you which to recycle your Christmas tree or wreath and they will let you know which container (brush) to put them in. Be sure your real tree or wreath are free of all lights, ornaments, tinsel and wire of any kind. This collection will continue through January 31, 2017.

Belroi – 5122 Hickory Fork Road

Dutton – 10430 Burke’s Pond Road

Court House – 6550 Beehive Drive

Hayes – 7599 Guinea Road


Curbside: Trash normally collected on Monday, Jan. 2 will be collected Wednesday, Jan. 4. the city landfill will be closed Friday, Dec. 23, Monday, Dec. 26 and Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. The yard waste site will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, 2016.

Drop-off: Residents can bring naturally grown trees to be recycled at the 100 North Park Lane, next to the landfill off of Big Bethel Road.

James City County

Through 1/31/2017, JCC residents can recycle Christmas trees free of charge at any County Convenience Center during normal operating hours. All decorations and tree stands must be removed prior to recycling.

  • Jolly Pond Road – 1204 Jolly Pond Road
  • Tewning Road – 117 Tewning Road – Sunday
  • Toano – 185 Industrial Boulevard (Hankins Industrial Park)
Newport News

Natural trees are recyclable as regular brush, and may be placed on the curb as brush collection. Place tree in a brush pile separate from any bulk being set out. Christmas trees (live or artificial) may also be brought to the Recovery Operations Center located at 550 Atkinson Way.


Natural Trees will be collected for composting on regular trash day. Trees should be placed at the curb & free of ornaments, tinsel, lights and the stand.

Artificial Trees & other holiday waste that doesn’t fit in the trash bin should be scheduled for bulk waste collection on your regular trash collection day by contacting the Norfolk Cares Center at (757) 664-6510 or

Bring natural or artificial trees, damaged or frayed holiday lights and oil used to fry the turkey to the Household Hazardous (HHW) and eWaste Collection Center, 1176 Pineridge Rd, Mon- Sat, 10am-2pm (Closed Jan. 2).


Curbside: From December 26 to January 8, Christmas trees will be collected and will not count as a special collection.

Drop-off: No facilities local to Portsmouth, but residents may go to Suffolk Landfill located at 1 Bob Foeller Drive.


Curbside: From December 26 to January 8, Christmas trees and boxes will be collected and will not count as a special collection. They go out with the normal trash.

Drop-off: Residents may drop off Suffolk Landfill located at 1 Bob Foeller Drive.

Virginia Beach

Normal trash collection day, city officials ask if you could break the tree up to accommodate their trucks. Residents may take their trees to the Virginia Beach Landfill and Resource Recovery Center at 1989 Jake Sears Road with proof of residency.