ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Your Christmas tree can be used all year round thanks to an Albemarle County Recycling Program.

People are encouraged to drop off their Christmas trees at places like Darden Towe Park where they will be processed and then turned into mulch.

The mulch will be available for free to community members in the next couple of months.

The program runs until January 14.

“Recycling the trees actually helps the landfills out a lot. It just reduces the impact and it's also a good way just to recycle and reuse a Christmas tree,” said Trey Hudgins, a Grounds Facility Maintenance worker at Darden Towe Park.

A total of seven drop off locations can be found in Albemarle County.

Some of those include Crozet Park, Chris Greene Lake Park and the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority.

12/21/2018 Albemarle County Press Release:

Don't Trash Your Christmas Tree, Recycle it for FREE

Whether you take down your Christmas tree on December 26 or January 13, we have places in Albemarle County where you can recycle your tree, FREE of charge!

The Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Department will operate seven drop off sites from December 26, 2018 through January 14, 2019. The hours are daily from 7:00 a.m. until dark.

Christmas Tree Recycling Sites:  

  • Crozet Park in Crozet
  • Greenwood Community Center in Greenwood
  • Chris Greene Lake Park in Earlysville
  • Darden Towe Park on Elks Drive
  • Scottsville Community Center in Scottsville
  • Walnut Creek Park off Old Lynchburg Road         
  • Rivanna Solid Waste Authority Recycling Center on McIntire Road (Note: Sunday hours are 12:30-5:30pm)

Please remove all decorations, lights, stands, and nails before dropping off trees. And remember, the sites are only accepting discarded Christmas trees, please do not bring yard waste.

The recycled trees will be chipped into mulch and the mulch will be available for FREE starting February 1, 2019, at Darden Towe Park.

The County's Christmas Tree Recycling Program has been helping citizens discard trees and reducing the impact on our landfills since 1988.

The program collects approximately 2300 Christmas trees each year and turns them into mulch.