How and When to Recycle Your Christmas Tree in Geneva

Here's local Christmas tree and wreath pickup information for Geneva, IL, including the schedule, how-to instructions and an option for drop off at a local transfer station.

Genevans have a couple options about what to do with Christmas trees once the holidays are over.

Some folks like to get their live trees out of the house a day or two after Christmas. Others like to wait for the first of the year or until after the "12 days of Christmas," which ends Jan. 6.

In Geneva, local collection — and this does NOT include wreaths, by the way — is on the usual collection days. There's also an option to drop off your tree or wreath at the Advanced Disposal transfer station in Batavia, although there's a cost associated with that.

Here's some local information, courtesy of a Kane County Environmental Resources press release and the city of Geneva website:

Local Collection

As part of the city of Geneva’s refuse contract, Advanced Disposal will be 
picking up live Christmas trees on residents’ regular collection dates during the weeks of Jan. 6 and Jan. 13.

That means, if you live on the East Side and near West Side, you should have your tree on the curb by 7 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9 or Jan. 16. If you live on the far West Side, the tree should be out there next to your garbage and recycling bins by 7 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10 or Jan. 17.

Residents do not have to use a sticker for Christmas tree removal on these dates, but you should get the tree out there NO LATER THAN 7 a.m.

All materials such as plastic bags, ornaments, lights and nails should be removed from the trees.

Live wreaths and garland should be placed in your regular refuse.

Drop-off Locations 

You can drop trees off at the following locations: 
Advanced Disposal (Veolia) Transfer Station 
  • Location: 766 Hunter Drive (corner of Hubbard & Hunter), Batavia, IL, 60510 
  • Contact: 630-879-3587 
  • Hours: M-F 6am-5pm, Sat 6am-10am 
  • Specs: Please remove all decorations, tinsel, lights, etc. 
  • Cost: $15
  • Note: Special Saturday drop-off, 6am-10am, $25 for a load of mixed material, 
  • equivalent to a pick-up truck level bed full, can include a tree for no extra cost.
Midwest Compost 
  • Location: 1320 Spaulding Rd., Elgin, IL, 60120
  • Contact: 847-931-2900
  • Hours: M-F, 7am-4pm 
  • Specs: Please remove all decorations, tinsel, lights, and plastic bags used for 
  • transporting. Closed Christmas and New Year’s day. 
  • Cost: $10

SOURCE: Kane County Environmental Resources Division


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