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Christmas Tree Disposal

If you have a natural Christmas tree for the holiday season then it's important to know how you can best dispose of it in an environmentally friendly way. But first there are some important steps to prep your tree for disposal:

  • Remove all stands, ornaments, decorations, lights, and hangers from the tree. This will prevent the equipment used for mulching the trees from being critically damaged.   
  • If you bag or cover your tree to prevent needles when dropping it off or placing it at the curb you must then remove the cover/bag otherwise it cannot be disposed of.
  • For curbside, if your tree is over 6' tall it should be cut into 50 pound or less sections so workers can safely lift them

Make the Christmas Tree a Backyard Habitat!

If you have a corner of your yard then a natural Christmas tree can also be used as a shelter for overwintering birds and small creatures Follow the directions above by removing all decorations, keep it far away from heated buildings, and check your municipality's or township's ordinances for any size limitations on brush or compost piles. For more tips check out the Backyard Ecology blogChoose Natives blog, and U of I Extension.

Christmas Tree Drop-off Locations

This SCARCE webpage provides a list of 2022/2023 collections taking place this season for both unincorporated and incorporated DuPage County residents.

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    Household Hazardous Waste

    IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to a fire at the IEPA’s waste processing plant, they will need to make some changes to how they operate the Regional Household Hazardous Waste facility at this time. Effective immediately, and until further notice, The Regional Household Hazardous Waste facility in Naperville CANNOT accept temporarily the following items:

    • pesticides
    • fertilizers
    • aerosol cans
    • asbestos materials
    • batteries (marine, sump pump and non-alkaline)
    • Household cleaners, drain openers and pool chemicals
    • Unknown hazardous substances

    A full list of what is/is not accepted is available at the Naperville Regional HHW site. We will let you know when normal operations resume.

    The Regional Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Naperville is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays & Sundays excluding holidays; New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, July 4th, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

    156 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville; Visit the City of Naperville's website for more information or call (630) 420-6095.

    Illinois EPA One-Day HHW Events and other Regional HHW Site information(Rockford, Chicago, Lake County)


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