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Where to recycle live Christmas trees

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Posted at 8:22 AM, Dec 27, 2022
and last updated 2023-01-03 14:41:53-05

GREAT FALLS — A news release from the City of Great Falls says that live Christmas trees are biodegradable, which means they can be reused or recycled for other purposes.

Great Falls residents are encouraged to recycle their live Christmas trees through January 6, 2023, at one of the following locations:

  • Meadowlark Park - Fox Farm and Park Garden Road
  • For Malmstrom AFB housing, the tree disposal dumpster is located at the maintenance facility at 110 South Perimeter Road

Before recycling your Christmas tree remove all lights, decorations, tree stands, etc. Flocked trees cannot be recycled and should not be taken to recycling locations. Deposit only your live Christmas tree in the containers. Commercial trees are not being accepted. The recycled Christmas trees will be composted or used to improve fish habitat.
The City of Great Falls, Republic Services, Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks, and Walleyes Unlimited Great Falls Chapter sponsor the Christmas Tree Recycling Project.

For more information, contact Public Works Sanitation at 406-771-1401 or Republic Services at 406-761-2545.

NOTE: The City of Great Falls initially said that trees could be disposed on Malmstrom AFB at the Balfour Beatty Community Center; on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, a spokesman for Balfour Beatty said that was incorrect - the correct location is 110 South Perimeter Road.