With Christmas over, if you’re not going to save your tree for next year, you have options!

In Springfield, you can recycle both live trees and artificial trees:

Springfield Recycling Options For Live Trees:

Springfield residents are reminded that live Christmas trees are not accepted at Missouri landfills; however, several options are available for recycling this year’s trees.

Used trees can be re-purposed to support new life as mulch for your spring garden and provide wildlife habitat for rabbits, quail and songbirds.

Live trees can be disposed at the following locations:

  • The City of Springfield Yardwaste Recycling Center (3790 S. Farm Road 119, Brookline) will accept residential Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands and other live decorations for no charge between Dec. 26, 2019, and Jan. 31, 2020. All other times of the year the standard fee schedule will apply. The facility is open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday. Closed Sundays, Mondays, and national holidays. Trees are NOT accepted at the Franklin Avenue and Lone Pine recycling centers. Trees will be ground into wood chip mulch, available for purchase at the YRC and Lone Pine recycling centers. Please remember to remove tree stands, decorations, wiring and twine. No flocked trees are accepted. Call the City’s Recycling Hotline at 864-1904 for more information.
  • Bass Pro Shops will accept live trees at their outlet store south parking lot (2011 S. Campbell Avenue) between noon and 6 p.m., daily, Dec. 26 – 30. A $2 per tree donation is requested, benefiting projects for the Ozark Trails Council Boy Scouts Wa-Sha-She Lodge Order of the Arrow. Trees will be used to provide wildlife habitat for rabbits, quail and songbirds. For more information, contact Katie Mitchell at 873-5618.
  • Hansen’s Greenwaste (3341 S. Farm Road 107, Brookline) will accept residential Christmas trees for no fee Dec. 26, 2019, through Jan. 31, 2020. Please remove all tree stands and decorations. No flocked trees accepted. Call 877-8733 for more information.
  • Wickman’s Gardens (1345 S. Fort Avenue) will accept live Christmas trees beginning Dec. 26 for a $5 donation. Proceeds will be donated to Great Circle. Trees will be ground into wood chip mulch available for free if you bring your own container. Please remove all tree stands, decorations and plastic bags. No flocked or artificial trees accepted.  For more information, call 862-3707.


Springfield Recycling Options For Artificial Trees And String Lights:

  • Artificial trees and holiday décor in usable condition are accepted for free at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore (2410 S. Scenic Ave.) and many local thrift stores. This is a great way to give your tree a second chance and bring holiday cheer to a new family. Call ahead to confirm need prior to arriving.
  • Artificial trees and string lights are accepted for recycling at Complete Electronics Recycling (2935 W. Chestnut Expy.) for no charge.
  • The AAA Certified Computer Recycling Center (528 N. Prince Lane) accepts string lights year-round for no charge.

You can also recycle live trees in Joplin. There are 3 locations for you to drop your tree off. The City of Joplin says people discarding their trees should make sure the trees are free of decoration and are placed near the “Christmas Tree Drop-Off: sign posted at the locations listed below:

  • Humphrey Park on Utica Street in the Royal Heights area;
  • McIndoe Park at Glendale Road and Jackson Avenue – place trees in southwest corner of parking lot; and
  • Public Works Center at 1301 West 2nd Street.

People are welcome to pick up the discarded trees at these location for use in establishing fish habitat. City staff will take remaining trees to the City’s processing site to be chipped.

If discarding an artificial tree, the Joplin Recycling Center accepts these with or without lights throughout the year. If the tree has lights that are “reusable,” they are placed in the center’s “reuse” section for patrons to pick up.  Unusable lights are sent to the waste electronics contractor for recycling.

Joplin Recycling Center accepts many discarded holiday items including, gift wrapping paper boxes, bottles, cans, greeting cards, cooking oil, and clean packing materials such as peanuts and bubble wrap. The Center is located at 1310 West A Street and is open on Tuesday and Thursday from 12 noon to 6 p.m., and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 417-624-0820, ex5. 501.

Live Christmas Tree Recycling in the Branson Area:
• Hansen’s Tree Service in Reeds Spring (Free)
• Sunny Hills Garden Center in Kirbyville ($2 per tree)
• Drury-Mincy Campground on Hwy J (Free)