Treecycling available at multiple locations

Western Lake Superior Sanitary District and area partners kicked off the annual Treecycling program this week, encouraging residents to recycle their fresh-cut holiday trees. This free holiday tree recycling program offers multiple locations available 24-hours a day throughout the region.  Most locations are available beginning December 22nd. 

“Holiday trees, like yard and garden waste, are banned from the trash in Minnesota,” said AJ Axtell, WLSSD’s Director of Community Relations.  “Trees contain valuable resources that can be reclaimed through Treecycling. Collected trees will be beneficially re-used as fuel, as mulch to line paths, or for other purposes, while recovering resources and saving landfill space.”

This season’s Treecycling program continues to offer a variety of convenient tree recycling sites—all open for extended periods. Area residents can dispose of their fresh-cut holiday trees during times most convenient to them. The sites open up right before the holiday for residents who might need to take down their trees before travelling.

Six sites are open for tree drop-off now through January 10th:

  • Chester Bowl (parking lot by playground)
  • Lester Park (parking lot by playground)
  • Duluth Heights Community Club (parking lot across the street)
  • Woodland Community Club (lower parking lot off Woodland Ave)
  • Rose Garden (parking lot)
  • City of Duluth West Toolhouse (on Commonwealth Avenue)

Two sites in Carlton County are open December 23rd through January 16th

  • SAPPI Fine Paper (Cloquet, gatehouse entrance)
  • Moose Lake Compost Site (across from City garage)

Three sites are open through January 31st

  • VONCO V Landfill (in the Gary neighborhood, starting December 27th)
  • WLSSD Yard Waste Compost Site (off 27th Avenue West)
  • WLSSD Materials Recovery Center (off Rice Lake Road)

“Treecycling drop-off sites are conveniently located in many neighborhoods, providing the opportunity for residents to Treecycle quickly and easily, no matter how busy their schedules might be,” Anderson continued. Some area haulers also offer special pick-up services for leftover trees.

More details about the 2022 Treecycling program are available at

WLSSD reminds those who are recycling fresh-cut trees to remove all ornaments and tree stands before bringing trees to a Treecycling location.  Wreaths, garland and other evergreen decorations with wires are not recyclable and should be thrown in the trash. Holiday light strings can be recycled year-round at WLSSD’s Materials Recovery Center.

Western Lake Superior Sanitary District provides award-winning wastewater and solid waste services to residents, businesses and industries within its 530-square-mile legislative boundaries in Southern St. Louis and northern Carlton counties, and is a nationally recognized leader in pollution prevention.