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Christmas Tree Disposal & Recycling Options Around Harford County

The Harford County Department of Public Works Christmas Tree Recycling Program, established in 1989, helps residents dispose of their old holiday trees. In the last 21 years, more than 90,000 trees have been turned in by residents for recycling, according to the DPW website.


The trees are turned in to one of the county’s two disposal sites, ground into mulch or composted, and made available to those who need it.


You can visit the Harford Waste Disposal Center Compost Facility at 3241 Scarboro Road in Street for three 30-gallon bags or cans of free mulch or compost. You must bring your own bag or 30-gallon trash can. Larger quantities are also available for purchase.


Christmas trees may be dropped off at the Scarboro site Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Trees may also be taken to the site at 703 North Tollgate Road in Bel Air. It is open Saturdays only from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Harford Sanitation Services is offering complimentary Christmas tree pick-ups. Collection will take place only on Saturday, February 5, and Saturday, February 19. Contact HSS at 1-877-457-0404 for more information.


In the City of Aberdeen, Christmas tree and related yard waste pickup will be conducted this month according to zones. If you do not know your zone, visit www.aberdeen-md.org/services/ and click on “Collection Schedule.”


In zones 1 and 2, yard waste collection will occur on the first and third Fridays of this month. Zones 3 and 4 will have their trees collected on the second and fourth Fridays of this month.


Christmas trees will only be collected until the end of January. Citizens can also drop off their trees at the parking lot of the Aberdeen Moose Lodge at 102 N. Rogers St. in Aberdeen.


Call the Aberdeen Department of Public Works at 410-272-1600 with questions.


In the Town of Bel Air, Christmas trees may be placed curbside with the rest of the holiday trash. All trees will be collected on regular yard waste pickup days. The schedule varies for each of the four town zones.


To look up the schedule for your zone, visit the Department of Public Works website at www.belairmd.org/departments/publicworks/recyclingrefuse.  Click on “Recycling Pickup” or “Regular & Special Refuse Collection” and then click on your section or street.


Yard waste is collected in Zones 1 and 3 on Mondays, in Section 2 on Thursdays and in Section 4 on Tuesdays.


Contact the DPW with questions at 410-638-4545.


The City of Havre de Grace will follow its normal trash and yard waste pickup schedule. Christmas tree collection will take place every Friday through the month of January. Trees can be placed curbside along with regular yard waste.


Call the Department of Public Works at 410-939-1800 ext. 1130 with additional questions.

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