Drop-off Trees January 1 thru 15
Mulch available while it lasts, until cleared — by March 1st
- Recycling trees conserves valuable landfill space
- Returns vital nutrients to the earth
- Beautifies landscapes
Natural Christmas trees are a recyclable and renewable resource.
What do you do with a Christmas tree when its decorative life has ended?
You recycle it, of course!
Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful has arranged 13 collection sites (shown on map below) in Winnebago County and one in Boone County for you to drop off your tree from January 1 – 15. Site times may vary. Parks are generally open dawn-dusk.
Wreaths are not accepted due to wire frames.
Machesney Park location change (2016)
Machesney Town Center, 8750 North 2nd Street
Southwest parking lot off South Mall Drive, near rear of former J.C.Penney store
City of Belvidere Street Department also accepts trees
515 West Locust Street, Belvidere 61008, Boone County
Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (in designated area)
Since 1988, more than 750,000 trees have been collected and processed into reusable mulch.
This mulch may be retrieved, free, using your own containers and shovels, for as long as it lasts at each chipping site. Any residual mulch is cleared away by March 1.
Pine mulch is excellent for landscaping use near acid-loving plants such as roses, lilacs, azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas and evergreens. Other uses include ground cover for walkways and fence rows.
When bringing your tree to one of the sites listed here be sure that you remove the stand and all ornaments.
If you transport your tree in a plastic tree bag, sheet or blanket (to keep the needles from dropping in the house), please do not leave the plastic or cloth at the drop site.
SITES AVAILABLE TO DROP OFF TREES AND PICK UP MULCH IN WINNEBAGO COUNTYPrintable Map
Last Update: 12/30/2015
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