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.
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.
Since 1988, more than 750,000 trees have been collected and processed into reusable mulch.
Machesney Town Center, 8702 North 2nd Street, 61115
South mall parking lot, side of former J.C. Penney store
Belvidere Street Department
515 West Locust Street, Belvidere 61008, Boone County
Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (in designated area)
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 COUNTY