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How to Get Rid of Your Christmas Tree in Fairfax

How and when to recycle or dispose of your holiday tree in Fairfax City and the nearby county areas.

How and when to recycle or dispose of your holiday tree in Fairfax City and the nearby county areas. (File Photo)
How and when to recycle or dispose of your holiday tree in Fairfax City and the nearby county areas. (File Photo)
Sadly (or maybe not so sadly), the holidays are over. It's time to take down the lights and inflatable reindeer—and get rid of that Christmas tree.

Here's how you can get your Christmas tree picked up curbside with your trash and recycling in the Fairfax area:

City of Fairfax Residents

Throughout January, the City of Fairfax encourages all residents to be kind to Mother Earth and recycle your live trees, garland, wreaths and more. 

Just place them curbside along with your usual trash and recycling on your scheduled day any week in January, and the City trash collectors will be happy to take it for you.

"Please remove decorations, including tinsel and garland, and place items separate from refuse and recyclables at the curb on scheduled collection days," City spokespersons said.


Fairfax County Residents

If you receive curbside pickup of trash and recycling, you can recycle your live Christmas tree (under 8 feet tall) on your normal collection date.

The cost is included as part of your regular, paid collection service.

For larger trees, contact your collector for recycling instructions.

Please remove tree stands, ornaments, tinsel, lights and tree toppers before recycling.


Christmas Tree Drop-Off Recycling


Christmas trees may also be recycled during the first two weeks in January at either the I-66 Transfer Station or the I-95 Landfill Complex. There is a small processing fee of $2 per tree.

Please remove tree stands, ornaments, tinsel, lights and tree toppers before recycling.


TELL US - What do you usually do with your unwanted holiday decorations? When do you usually take them down—New Year's Day? Or do you like to leave them up longer? Share in the comments below.


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Terry French January 01, 2014 at 07:27 AM
The only ornaments we use are edible - gingerbread bears with red ribbons (cookies), popcorn strings, candy canes. So each year, we take off the candy canes and take the tree out to the back yard and stand it in the woods for the birds and other critters to much on. :-)
Jennifer van der Kleut January 01, 2014 at 10:11 AM
Terry - that's interesting!

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