Calvert County residents can take their live Christmas trees, wreaths and garland to county convenience centers for recycling at no charge from December 26, 2018 through January 31, 2019. See for locations and hours. After January 31, 2019 all live trees, wreaths and garlands must be brought to the Appeal Landfill, and standard yard waste fees will apply.
Live Christmas trees, wreaths and garland must have all decorations, support frames, lights and metal stands removed. Live trees, wreaths and garlands may not be in plastic bags. Live trees are accepted whole. All live materials will be taken to the Appeal Landfill to be mulched. Mulch is available to county residents for free.
Wrapping paper, cardboard boxes, holiday cards and other paper are accepted at the convenience centers for recycling at no cost, any time of the year. Cardboard boxes should be flattened and recycled. All packing materials, ribbons and Styrofoam must be removed from boxes for trash disposal. Artificial trees, wreaths, and garlands are not recyclable. Consider donating them to those in need if they are in usable condition.
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Christmas Tree Drop-Off
Beginning in December 1993, Christmas trees were accepted at the St. Andrews Landfill and Point Lookout State Park free of charge. In December 1994 the seasonal program was expanded to include drop-off locations at all six (6) County operated convenience centers and the St. Mary's River Watershed Park. Typical collection dates are between December 26 and the end of January. Each year, trees left at the convenience centers are collected and ground into mulch at the St. Andrews Landfill and approximately 20 tons of mulch is generated from the processing the Christmas Trees. Donations of mulch have also been made to the Horticulture Program. Trees can also bed roped off at the signed areas near the park entrances and will be used to provide animal habitats. For specific times and dates contact the Point Lookout Park Service at (301) 872-5688 or the County Solid Waste Manager at (301) 863-8400. Please remove all tinsel, garland and ornaments. Help us qualify for the SWANA Christmas Tree Recycling Excellence Award next year.