Christmas Tree Disposal Options

Dec 27, 2016

After Christmas festivities are over and the presents are all unwrapped, the next task is figuring out how to dispose of the Christmas tree before the cats knock it over again. Thankfully, WCBU has compiled a handy list of tips for tree pickup and recycling for local residents. If you'd like to add additional programs to our list, please email us. Thank you!


 For those looking for a greener way to get rid of the tree, the Tazewell County Health Department will collect trees at ICC through January 13th, and turn them into mulch to be used on the ICC campus in the coming months. Details on that program are available by calling (309) 925-5511 ext. 270.

 Trees can also be processed as regular weekly household waste (landfill) in Peoria and East Peoria.

 Peoria Trash Pickup Information

For city of Peoria residents, trash pickup in Peoria will take place one day later than normal for the next two weeks. There will be no trash pickup on Monday, January 2nd.

  • Christmas tree disposal is part of PDC’s normal collection day service.
  • Residents are encouraged to bag trees and place them out before 6:00 a.m. for collection with their other trash on their scheduled collection day.
  • If the tree is oversized, it needs to be cut in half in order to be less than 5 feet in length.
  • All lights and ornaments must be removed as a safety precaution for the drivers.

East Peoria Trash Pickup Information

Trees will be accepted (without lights and ornaments similar to above) in regular weekly trash pickup until January 13th, 2017.

 Washington Trash Pickup Information.

Waste Management will operate weekly trash pickup on a one day delay through the week of January 2nd.  

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