Christmas Tree Recycling

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
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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 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

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.


Printable Map                                                                                             Last Update: 11/25/2015
Don Schmid Youth Sports Center, Riverdahl Park, 871 Sandy Hollow Road, Rockford
Blackhawk Park, 101 15th Ave., Rockford
Levings Lake South Johnston Ave entrance at Montague, Rockford
Andrews Park, 800 North Central Ave., Rockford
Gambino Park, 4421 Pepper Drive, Rockford
Alpine Park, 950 South Alpine, Rockford
Pecatonica Wetlands Forest Preserve, 4550 North Pecatonica Road, Pecatonica
Baumann Park, 300 South Walnut, Rockford
Valley View Farm, 6440 Belvidere Road, Roscoe
Rockton Boat Ramp Parking Lot, 830 E Main
Williams Tree Farm, 4661 Yale Bridge Rd, Rockton
NEW LOCATION — Machesney Town Center, 8750 N. 2nd St, southwest lot off South Mall Drive, Machesney Park
Martin Park, 5600 Park Ridge Road, Loves Park
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