Christmas Tree Recycling Locations

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(KTVI) - When it's time to take down that Christmas tree, you can make several choices on how to dispose of it.  Some municipalities turn trees into mulch, others use some for fish habitats in bodies of water.

Always remember to prepare your tree fro recycling:

  • Remove ornaments, tinsel, lights and tree stand. 
  • Do not put the tree in a plastic bag or cover it. 
  • Wreaths and pine roping are not accepted at most sites.

Here are some of the St. Louis area locations for recycling your tree.

St. Louis County
The county recommends using your waste hauling company to dispose of your tree, just as you would any other yard waste.  Some municipalities have special areas for Christmas trees.

The City of Shrewsbury will be recycling Christmas trees this year at 7309 Melbourne Ave from 8:00 to 3:30 Monday - Friday

St. Louis CityFull details:

Trees can be dropped off at the following three park locations:

  • Forest Park, Lower Muny Opera parking lot
  • O'Fallon Park, West Florissant and Holly, picnic grounds #4
  • Carondelet Park, Grand and Holly Hills, area between gate & recycling containers

Trees are accepted at these park sites after Christmas through the third week of January.

St. Peters Laurel Park (upper parking lot), off McClay Road St. Peters
Golf & Recreation Center, 200 Salt Lick Rd.
St. Peters Earth Centre, 115 Ecology Dr.
Locations open 7:30a.m. to 5p.m., Monday thru Saturday, Dec. 28 to Jan. 18
Wentzville Progress Park (parking lot), 968 Meyer Rd.
Open 7 a.m. to 3:30p.m., seven days a week, from Dec. 26 to Jan.18
O’Fallon Civic Park (upper parking lot), 400 Civic Park Dr.
O’Fallon Sports Park, 3589 Hwy. K
Locations open from dawn to dusk, Dec. 26 to Jan. 18
Lake Saint Louis Founders Park, 7Freymuth Road
Open during daylight hours, Dec. 26 to Jan.17
St. Charles
Quail Ridge Park (Group Picnic Area), 5501 Quail Ridge Pkwy. (Wentzville)
Park hours are 7 a.m. to sunset, seven days a week, from Dec. 26 to Jan. 22

For more information about St. Charles County recycling programs,please call 636-949-1800 or visit

St. Louis County/St. Charles County
Complete details:

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is accepting used natural Christmas trees to create fish habitat in Lake 35 on the August A. Busch Conservation Area in St. Charles, and in Creve Coeur Lake in St. Louis County.

Recycled Christmas trees are requested at Lake 35 on the August A. Busch Conservation Area in St. Charles. The entrance to the conservation area is on Route D, two miles west of Highway 94. Signs on the area will guide visitors to the drop off point.

St. Louis County residents can bring their trees to Creve Coeur Park Lake, 13725 Marine Drive, where signs will lead them to the drop off point near the Sailboat Cove Boat Ramp.

Christmas trees can be donated at these lakes between now and Jan. 13, 2013.