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Posted on: December 28, 2023

Recycle Your Christmas Tree this Holiday Season!

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TROY, N.Y. – The City of Troy announced that crews will be collecting real Christmas trees during weekly curbside collection beginning in January. 

“The City of Troy continues to prioritize sustainable disposal practices that are environmentally responsible and economically sensible, which is why we are ensuring that recycling options are still available to Troy families who wish to recycle this season’s Christmas tree,” said Troy Mayor WM. Patrick Madden. “I thank our workforce for all they do to enable our families to recycle, compost and responsibly dispose of refuse in every neighborhood.” 

Troy’s Departments of Recycling, Streets and Sanitation encourage residents to place their real Christmas trees at the curb for recycling as a part of their regular curbside collection between January 2 and January 12, 2024.

Alternatively, residents may bring real Christmas trees to the Troy Resource Management Facility (Alamo) located on the corner of Main St. and E. Industrial Parkway on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9am to 1pm.

Real Christmas trees can be turned into mulch or allowed to naturally break down over time. Keeping real Christmas trees out of the landfill allows them to be used to build stronger soil in Troy.


Please note: only "real" trees will be accepted. Those who wish to dispose of an artificial tree should contact the Department of Public Works dispatcher at (518) 270-4579.


Residents are asked to follow the below instructions to ensure their real Christmas tree may be recycled: 

  1. Take all ornaments, lights and decorations off of the tree, and remove the tree stand;

  2. Place the Christmas tree next to your recycling and garbage on your normal collection day;

  3. Troy Sanitation crews will pick up the tree.

The City of Troy has embraced responsible composting practices to improve our community’s efficiency and environmental sustainability. On October 31, the Madden Administration issued a report showing that its pilot USDA compost program, “From the Ground Up,” offset 50.5 tons of landfill-destined food scraps to become compost. Troy continues to support food scrap diversion; residents may drop off food scraps at the Troy Resource Management Facility on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9 AM to 1 PM. 

Get the latest from our Recycling team at To learn more about the City of Troy’s Recycling Department, residents should visit or dial (518) 279-7171. 

Resident questions about curbside pickup should be directed to the Department of Public Works dispatcher at (518) 270-4579.


Recycling Holiday Lights

The Mount Ida Preservation Association is recycling old Christmas lights, extension cords and charging cords. Residents may drop their recyclables at 548 Congress Street in the big green barrel in front of main red doors at the front of the Church through the first week of January.

More information about this program is available through the Mount Ida Preservation Association.


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