North Shore Christmas Tree Removal | Chicago North Shore Moms

Christmas trees made an appearance in homes across the North Shore this year earlier than ever!  We all needed an infusion of joy and magic, pronto!  All things come to an end though and after what’s likely been close to a month, it’s time to take the tree down. Find out what to do with your tree below- and if you don’t have a pick up location or time that works, there are plenty of drop off options!  (If you do a drop off, call your neighbors and put in together for a Uhaul!  We’ve done this in the past and it makes for a quick one day swoop through the neighborhood!)  We hope you had a wonderful holiday season.  Take a little time this year reminiscing of the good memories you’ve made in 2020 as you pack ornaments- and let those warm feelings carry you into 2021.  Happy Holidays!



Single-family homes, duplexes and multifamily properties that have opted into the village’s refuse and recycling program can put trees, wreaths and garlands out with the regular garbage during the month of January. Groot will collect them at no additional charge. All ornaments, lights and tinsel should be removed from trees. Do NOT cover the tree with a plastic disposal bag.


Place live/natural trees in the alley for pick-up from January 4th through January 22nd, 2021.  To have your tree picked up for recycling, place it in the alley or at the curb where refuse is collected. Do not put the tree in a bag or container, and please remove all decorations.


Christmas trees are picked up from the curbside for shredding, chipping, and composting during the first three weeks of January following the holiday season. After the third week, a $2.25 pink refuse sticker will be required to ensure pickup. Please remove everything from trees, including plastic bags or wraps, ornaments, tinsel, wires, and the stand, as these will clog and damage the shredder. If you have questions about the program, please call 847-716-3568.


Advanced Disposal collects Christmas trees for composting on Wednesdays during the first two weeks in January each year. Please place your Christmas trees at the location of your regular recycling pickup. Trees must be devoid of any ornaments, tinsel, garland, or plastic/fabric bag wrap.


City of Evanston crews provide holiday tree recycling collection normally between the end of December and the end of January. This year’s service will begin December 28, 2020 and end January 29, 2021.

Highland Park-

Highland Park residents may dispose of Christmas trees on their primary refuse collection day. Lakeshore Recycling Systems will collect, transport, and dispose of trees left curbside by all customers between January 2 through January 25, 2021. A sticker is not required.

Lake Forest-

During January, Christmas trees, wreaths and greenery will be picked up on regularly-scheduled recycling days at the curb. Please remove all lights and ornaments and trees must be removed from plastic bags. Trees should be cut into six-foot lengths.  

Lake Bluff-

Village of Lake Bluff Recycling Waste Management and Recycling – Christmas trees may be placed out for collection through the second week of January.

If these options don’t work for your household, you may also drop off at these local locations!

  • Glenview Public Works, 2498 East Lake Avenue
  • Johns Park, 2102 Central Road
  • Flick Park, 3600 Glenview Road
  • Cunliff Park, 540 Echo Lane
  • Cole Park, 1031 Kenilworth Avenue
  • Willow Park, 2600 Greenwood Avenue
  • Gallery Park, 2001 Patriot Boulevard

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