Did you know that pine Christmas trees—along with most other wood—are banned from Massachusetts landfills and incineration facilities? You can ensure that your pine Christmas tree is repurposed by participating in your trash hauler’s tree pick-up or by delivering it to the Amherst Transfer Station. Artificial trees are re-useable, but not recyclable, and must be thrown away in regular household trash. Contact your trash hauler to determine if special disposal arrangements are required.
Trash hauler pick-up: Make sure all decorations and tinsel are removed, and call your contracted trash hauler to learn details about their event. Amherst Trucking and Duseau Trucking will collect Christmas trees from their clients on Friday, January 13. Alternative Recycling Systems will pick-up tree from their clients on Monday, January 9, but you must arrange for the pick-up in advance and a fee will apply.
Transfer Station Delivery: If you hold a trash variance and do not have a contracted hauler, or if you miss your hauler’s event, Amherst residents may bring decoration-free, pine Christmas trees to the Amherst Transfer Station free of charge. The transfer station’s entry sticker requirement does not apply to Christmas tree disposal, but trees larger than six feet in diameter or height must be cut into smaller pieces.