As early as this week, area residents can recycle their fresh-cut holiday trees at one of 11 locations in Duluth and Carlton County.

Every year, Western Lake Superior Sanitary District encourages area residents to utilize the free Treecycling program. The drop-off locations are available 24 hours a day.

Through the recycling program, the trees will be reused as fuel, mulch and other purposes, according to a news release from WLSSD. Similar to yard and garden waste, holiday trees are not allowed to be thrown in the trash in Minnesota.

Before dropping off a holiday tree for recycling, WLSSD asks people to remove all ornaments and tree stands. Wreaths, garland and other evergreen decorations with wires cannot be recycled and should be thrown in the trash.

WLSSD's Materials Recovery Center accepts holiday light strings for recycling all year.

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Duluth sites open between Dec. 26 and Jan. 10:

  • Chester Bowl, 1800 E. Skyline Parkway, parking lot by playground.
  • Lester Park, 61 Lester River Road, parking lot by playground.
  • Duluth Heights Community Club, 33 W. Mulberry St., parking lot across the street.

  • Woodland Community Club, 3211 Allendale Ave., lower parking lot off Woodland Avenue.
  • Rose Garden, London Road and 13th Avenue East (parking lot).
  • City of Duluth West Toolhouse, 2407 Commonwealth Ave.

Carlton County sites open between Dec. 23 and Jan. 11:

  • Sappi Fine Paper, 2201 Avenue B (gatehouse entrance).
  • Moose Lake Compost Site, across from the city garage.

Duluth sites open now through Jan 31:

  • VONCO V Landfill, 1100 W. Gary St.
  • WLSSD Yard Waste Compost Site, 2626 Courtland St. at Gate 19.
  • WLSSD Materials Recovery Center, 4587 Ridgeview Road.