Merry Mulch

Read about us in A Christmas Tree's Journey in January - a news story written by Fox 45 News. Wow!

Recycle Your Holiday Tree!

Your participation in the Merry Mulch program keeps thousands of trees out of the landfill. Christmas trees are taken to a compost facility and are recycled into compost and mulch. Look for these signs at drop-off locations. 

Drop-off Sites

Dates: December 26 - 3rd Saturday in January (January 20, 2018)
Days: Sites open 7 days a week*
Hours: Sites open 7:30am to 5:00pm*
(*Landfill hours are 8am to 4pm, Monday-Saturday, closed Sundays. NOTE: The landfill will be CLOSED Monday, December 25, 2017 and Monday, January 1, 2018)

Remember to remove all tinsel, garland, ornaments, lights, tree stands, plastic bags, etc.

Look for Merry Mulch signs at the following drop-off sites.


    Kendall Hardware (12260 Route 108)


    Cedar Lane Park (5081 Cedar Lane)
    Grandfather's Garden Center (5320 Phelps Luck Drive)


    Rockburn Park (5400 Landing Road)

Ellicott City

    Small Circuit Court parking lot on upper Court House Drive (just past Ellicott Mills Drive, on the right)


    Schooley Mill Park (12975 Hall Shop Road)


    Alpha Ridge Landfill Wood Waste Area (2350 Marriottsville Road) - NOTE: ARL will be CLOSED Monday, December 25, 2017 and Monday, January 1, 2018


    Savage Park (8400 Fair Street)


    Western Regional Park (14800 Carrs Mill Road)

Curbside Tree Recycling - Through January 19 

County residents with curbside yard trim collection can place their tree out for pickup on their yard trim collection day. Trees that are placed out on trash collection day will not be collected during yard trim collection season. After January 19th, when curbside yard trim collection is no longer available, trees can be placed out for trash collection and will be sent to a landfill (please only use this as a last option). Not sure if you receive yard trim service? Call 410-313-6444.

Successful Recycling Pickup Tips:

  • Set your tree out the night before. Trees are picked up by the yard trim truck as early as 6am or as late as 7pm.
  • Remove all tinsel, garland, ornaments, lights, tree stands, plastic bags, etc.
  • No need to bag, but trees must be cut into less than 4 foot lengths and tied. Bundles must weigh less than 40 pounds.

Don't worry if it's past January 19!

You can still recycle your tree at the Alpha Ridge Wood Waste Area, Monday through Saturday, 8am to 4pm. (No plastic bags.)

Holiday Tips

  • Recycle artificial trees with metal components in the scrap metal area at the Alpha Ridge Residents' Convenience Area.
  • Visit What Should I Do With...? for info about recycling holiday lights.
  • Save money! Use comics, maps, posters or cloth wrapping (a scarf or tea towel can be an extra gift and wrapping too).
  • Visit online sites to opt out of catalog delivery or call the companies directly.
  • Save holiday cards to use as next year's gift tags.
  • Recycle holiday junk mail, boxes, wrapping paper and catalogs curbside or at the Alpha Ridge Landfill.
  • See more in a printable holiday tips and tricks chart.

Please remember! Trees collected as trash are taken to the landfill for disposal. To conserve landfill space, we ask that you only use this option as a last resort.