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Picking out Christmas tree is always fun but disposing it for recycling can sometimes be hassle. There are plenty ways

Picking out a Christmas tree is always fun, but disposing of it for recycling can sometimes be a hassle. There are plenty of ways to do that in Kane County, however. | Sun-Times Media file

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Updated: January 31, 2014 6:03AM

As the New Year rolls around and your formerly green, live Christmas tree begins to show its age, don’t worry about having a place where you can dispose of it.


After removing all the ornaments, tinsel, lights and other decorations and non-organic matter, you can load up the tree and take it to one of the sites listed below, according to the Kane County Environmental Resources Division.


Advanced Disposal (Veolia) Transfer Station, 766 Hunter Drive (corner of Hubbard and Hunter). 630-879-3587. Hours 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 6 to 10 a.m. Saturday. Cost: $15. Special Saturday drop-off is $25 for a load of mixed material, equivalent to a pickup truck level bed full, which can include a tree for no extra cost.

Dundee Twp.

Residents can bring trees to the township garage at 1900 Sleepy Hollow Road (at Route 72) through Jan. 15. The trees can be dropped off anytime. There are signs showing where to drop them off. Call Highway Commissioner Larry Braasch at 847-426-0898 for more information.


Midwest Compost, 1320 Spaulding Road. 847-931-2900. Hours 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Cost: $10.


If your village or city is not on the list below, contact village or city hall directly to enquire about tree collection programs for your area. All ornaments, tinsel, lights and other decorations also should be removed for these pickups. Trees cannot be bagged and be sure to uncover them if buried by snow.


Waste Management will offer free curbside collection of trees from Jan. 1 to 17 for existing residential customers. Trees will be chipped and converted to landscape mulch. Trees must be cut in half if over 6 feet. Trees cannot be bagged and be sure to uncover them if buried by snow.


The city will collect Christmas trees during the first or second week of January (the week of collection will be announced). Trees should be placed at the curb on your normal collection day. Due to the wire used to form them, wreaths and garlands will not be collected for recycling and must be stickered as garbage.

Aurora Twp.

The Aurora Township Highway Department will have Christmas tree and wreath pickup service this year for unincorporated Aurora Township residents only. The undecorated tree and wreath pickup will take place on Jan. 6, weather permitting. Additionally, the township will accept Christmas tree and wreath drop-offs from any Aurora Township resident at its facility at 220 Butterfield Road. The drop-off times are weekdays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 2-10.


Advanced Disposal will pick up live Christmas trees on residents’ regular collection dates. Residents do not have to use a sticker for Christmas tree removal on these dates only. After these dates, residents should affix a refuse/yard waste sticker to the tree and place it at the curb on their regular collection date. South Side (Wilson to the south between Kirk/Randall): Jan. 8 and 15; North Side (north of Wilson to Fabyan between Kirk/Randall): Jan. 9 and 16. Far West Side (Randall west to city limits): Jan. 10 and 17.

East Dundee

Holiday greenery collection is free the first two weeks in January by placing it on the curb on regular collection days.


Trees will be picked up curbside by Waste Management during the first two pickup days, Jan. 2 and 8.


Christmas trees will be collected Dec. 30 through Jan. 17 from all residential households. Stickers are not required for Christmas trees during this period. After Jan. 17, each Christmas tree will require one visibly affixed refuse sticker to be collected.


Christmas tree pickup will be second and third weeks in January without sticker if they are placed at the curb with garbage. A waste hauler will pick them up, not the city trucks.


The Waste Management Tree Recycling Program is available the first two weeks in January for all residential units in Sun City. Trees may be a maximum of 6 feet tall. There is no additional cost for this service. The Huntley Park District Recycling Program also invites residents to bring their tree to Sun Valley Farm at Betsey Warrington Park by Jan. 31. These trees will be used as mulch in the parks. There is no cost for this service, and it is available to residents within the Huntley village limits. Detailed information may be found at or by calling 847-669-3180, ext. 330.


The village of Gilberts’ Waste Hauler (MDC) will pick up discarded Christmas trees placed on the curbside on the residents’ normal pickup day after the Christmas holidays until Jan. 31.

Maple Park

Christmas trees will be picked up on the resident’s service day beginning after Dec. 25. Pickup will continue through the month of January. Trees must be free of all decorations. Trees must not be in plastic bags.


Allied Waste will collect Christmas trees during the first and second full week of January (in 2014 this will be the weeks of Jan. 6 and 13). Trees must be free of plastic bags, all decorations (including tinsel) and tree stands, and be placed at the curb by 6 a.m. on the normal collection day. No stickers are required.


The city of Naperville will offer a holiday tree recycling collection program during the weeks of Jan. 6 and Jan. 13. Live holiday trees will be collected on each resident’s normal garbage collection day during these weeks. Trees must be free of all ornaments, tinsel, lights, stands and plastic or bagging material.

Pingree Grove

Christmas trees will be collected by Flood Brothers for the first three weeks of January at no charge. During this free three-week collection period, trees must be free of all decorations and cannot be in plastic bags. After the three-week collection period, Christmas trees will be considered a bulk item. (Bulk items will be collected at no extra cost up to seven items each calendar year. The charge after the allowed seven will be $8.60 per item).

South Elgin

Allied Waste/Republic Services will pick up Christmas trees through Jan. 16 on normally scheduled refuse days. All decorations should be removed before placing the tree at curbside.

St. Charles

Christmas trees will be picked up during the weeks of Jan. 6 and 13 on both sides of the river on the regularly scheduled refuse day. Trees collected during this two-week period do not require a refuse sticker. After the two-week period, a sticker will be required for pickup. Trees cannot be bagged and must have all ornaments, tinsel, lights and decorations removed from them. Wreaths and garlands will not be picked up and cannot be accepted due to the wire in them. For questions, contact public works at 630-377-4405.

West Dundee

Free Christmas tree collections are scheduled for Jan. 5 and 11 for those households receiving regular refuse collection within the village.

For those who live in a building with more than three units, people should contact their building owner or refuse hauler regarding the disposal of their tree, or deliver it to one of the drop-offs listed above.

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