Christmas Tree and Holiday Lights Recycling {2015}

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The stockings are empty.  The tree is looking sad.  Yes, Virginia, it’s the aftermath of Christmas.

You may not be packing up already but it’s probably on your New Year to-do list.   But what do you with your dried-out Christmas Tree?  Don’t send it to the landfill!  There are many ways to recycle your (real) Christmas Tree after the ornaments are put away.

Many cities have tree pick up and recycling right at your curbside. To find out what your own municipality has available, and on what days,  check  your city’s website.

If your town does not offer curbside recycling, you can drop off your tree at one of the Lake County Forest Preserve sites for recycling.  Trees will be chipped and used for trails and landscaping.  You’ll get a nice, warm, fuzzy feeling walking the trails this Spring knowing a little bit of your Christmas cheer lines the paths of one of our many forest preserves.

Trees can be dropped off at the following sites daily from 6:30 a.m. to sunset. Drop-offs accepted at the marked sites only between December 26 and February 1. They must be undecorated real Christmas trees, no yard waste.

  • Grant Woods, Fox Lake – drop off trees at Monaville Road entrance, second parking lot
  • Greenbelt, Waukegan – drop trees off next to maintenance facility
  • Half Day, Vernon Hills – drop trees off next to maintenance facility
  • Heron Creek, Long Grove – drop trees off at Shelter A
  • Lakewood, Wauconda – drop trees off along Forest Preserve Drive
  • Old School, Libertyville – drop trees off near main entrance
  • Ryerson Woods, Deerfield – drop trees of at the end of main entrance road
  • Van Patten Woods, Wadsworth – drop trees off by Shelter A parking area

Lake County Forest Preserves
1899 West Winchester Road, Libertyville
(847) 367-6840 | Facebook | Twitter

recycling christmas lights

Did you know that per Illinois Law small electronics are not to be put into regular garbage to go to landfills? All electronics, including holiday lights, are to be recycled and properly disposed of at one of the county recycling center. You can find the year-round drop of locations at the SWALCO website. We’ve dropped of plenty of items at the Grayslake center and it’s quick and easy.

These site are also holding temporary collections for holiday lights:

  • Through January 10th you can recycle your lights in the white box located in the lobby of the Warren-Newport Public Library {Gurnee}
  • Go Green Northbrook hosts holiday light recycling outside the Public Works Building (located at 1225 Cedar Ln, behind the Northbrook Village Hall).


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When Loralie isn’t out exploring with her two pint-sized adventurers you’ll often find her in front of her computer plotting to take over the world (or at least Lake County.) She appreciates good friends, good food, expensive shoes and parents who make two lanes in the drop-off/pick-up line at school. Her spirit animal is The Hobbit. She invites you to join her on her quest for unique distractions, diversions and deliciousness in this county we call home. She is the Features Editor and Marketing Director at Little Lake County.

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