What to do with Your Christmas Tree

Residents can recycle their Christmas trees by dropping them off at a Lake County Forest Preserve where they'll be chipped and used to make trails, or have them picked up by Waste Management through the village's holiday tree pick-up program.

Residents have two options for getting rid of their Christmas tree—recycle it or participate in the village's holiday tree pick-up program.


Don’t want to send your Christmas tree to the landfill? Drop it off at a Lake County Forest Preserve site for recycling.

Donated trees are chipped and used for trails and for landscaping at forest preserves throughout Lake County.

Bring your tree to a drop-off site at one of the following forest preserves, open daily from 6:30 a.m. to sunset:

  • Grant Woods in Fox Lake—NEW location, drop trees off at Monaville Road entrance, second parking lot.
  • Greenbelt in Waukegan—drop trees off next to maintenance facility.
  • Half Day in Vernon Hills—drop trees off next to maintenance facility.
  • Heron Creek in Long Grove—NEW location, drop trees off at Shelter A.
  • Lakewood in Wauconda—drop trees off along Forest Preserve Drive.
  • Old School in Libertyville—drop trees off near main entrance.
  • Ryerson Woods in Deerfield—drop trees off at the end of main entrance road.
  • Van Patten Woods in Wadsworth—drop trees off by the Shelter A parking area.

Only undecorated, real Christmas trees can be accepted; no yard waste. Commercial drop-offs are prohibited.

Grayslake Village Tree Pick-Up

Recycling the tree not an option for you?

The Village of Grayslake's holiday tree pick-up program will take place Jan. 4, Jan. 10 and Jan. 17.

Trees should be placed unbagged, at the curb or edge of the street the night before the scheduled service day.

Trees greater than six feet in height must be cut in half prior to being set out for pick-up. Waste Management will not pick up trees in plastic bags.

For more information, please contact the Request for Service System at (847) 223-8515.

Information supplied by the Lake County Forest Preserve District and Village of Grayslake.


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