Christmas Tree Recycling

Drop-off trees January 1-15

Natural Christmas trees are a recyclable and renewable resource. 

  • Recycling trees conserves valuable landfill space

  • Return vital nutrients to the earth

  • Beautify landscapes

Mulch available from first chipping (about Jan 15) until cleared — by March 1st 

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful has arranged 12 collection sites 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 tons of reusable mulch.

Mulch may be retrieved at any of 13 locations, using your own containers and shovels, for as long as it lasts at each chipping site. Availability is not guaranteed. Any extra mulch is cleared away no later than March 1 for use in parks and by cities, townships or tree farms.

Pine mulch is excellent for landscaping 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.

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Where to Drop Off Trees and Pick Up Mulch



City of Belvidere

Street Department

515 W Locust St., Belvidere




Don Schmid Youth Sports Center, 

Riverdahl Park,

871 Sandy Hollow Road, Rockford


Pecatonica Wetlands Forest Preserve

4550 North Pecatonica Road, Pecatonica


Levings Lake South Johnston Ave entrance at Montague, Rockford


Baumann Park,

Cherry Valley


Andrews Park, 850 North Central Ave., Rockford


Machesney Town Center 

8702 N. 2nd StreetMachesney Park

South mall parking lot


Gambino Park,

4421 Pepper Drive



Martin Park

5600 Park Ridge Road,

Loves Park


Alpine Park, 950 South Alpine, Rockford


Rockton Boat Ramp Parking Lot

830 E Main St., Rockton 


Williams Tree Farm

4661 Yale Bridge Rd, Rockton


Valley View Tree Farm

6440 Belvidere Road, Roscoe

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