Loudoun County is offering five locations for residents to drop off Christmas trees for recycling from Dec. 26 through Jan. 20.
Only natural, cut trees are accepted because the trees will be converted into a mulch product. The mulch will be available at no charge at the Loudoun County landfill, said county Public Affairs and Communications Director Glen Barbour.
Residents who receive curbside yard-waste recycling services should contact their homeowners association, town office or recycling service provider for Christmas tree pick-up dates, Barbour said.
All ornaments, lights, tinsel, wire, stands and tree bags should be removed prior to dropping off a tree at the collection site or placing the tree at the curb. Tree bags may be disposed with regular trash. Residents may also recycle wreaths as long as wires, bows and other ornamentation are removed. Otherwise, wreaths are also collected with regular trash, Barbour said.
The Christmas Tree Recycling Program is a public service for Loudoun County residents only. Tree vendors operating in the county with leftover trees may recycle them at the county landfill for $62 a ton. Netting, rope, wire, tags and other items must be removed prior to recycling.
The following locations will provide free Christmas tree recycling:
- Leesburg: Loudoun County Landfill Recycling Center, 21101 Evergreen Mills Road, Leesburg, 20175, open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Lovettsville: Game Protective Association, 16 South Berlin Pike, Lovettsville, 20180, open daily
- Purcellville: Franklin Park, 17501 Franklin Park Drive, Purcellville, 20132, open daily, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- South Riding: Town Hall, rear parking lot next to tennis court. 43055 Center Street, South Riding, 20152, open daily
- Sterling: Claude Moore Park (use Loudoun Park Lane entrance), 46150 Loudoun Park Lane, Sterling, 20164, open daily, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
More information is available online or at 703-771-5500.