2020-2021 Christmas Tree Recycling Program

Posted on Dec 4, 2020 in Featured, Newsroom, Public Notices, Recycling, Stewardship

2020-2021 Christmas Tree Recycling Program

Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Department’s Annual “Christmas Tree Recycling Program”

This County Parks program has been in operation since 1988 and has collected an average of 2300 trees annually that yield over 110 cubic yards of chips. The trees will be chipped into mulch and offered back to the public at no cost. Combining forces with the “Charlottesville Curbside Pick Up” the joint programs collected 4200 trees yielding 200 cubic yards of chips in 2020. Please note this is reducing the impact on our landfill and helping citizens find a place to dispose of a large and cumbersome item. .

ACPR will operate seven sites. The sites will be open from December 26, 2020 to January 18, 2021. The hours of operation will be, seven (7) days a week, 7:00am until one hour after sunset. According to Shawn Morris, Operations Supervisor for the City Public Works Department, the Charlottesville Curbside Pickup will be the week of January 11, 2021 (trees need to be at the Curbside by 7:00 AM).

Both Programs require that decorations, stands and nails be removed. Please no “yard waste, or Christmas wreaths”.

The available drop off locations are:

  • McIntire Recycling Center* – 611  McIntire Rd. Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Claudius Crozet Park – 1075 Claudius Crozet Park, Crozet, VA 22932
  • Greenwood Community Center – 865 Greenwood Rd. Crozet, VA 22932
  • Chris Greene Lake Park – 4460 Chris Greene Lake Rd. Charlottesville, VA  22911
  • Darden Towe Park – 1445 Darden Towe Park, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Scottsville Community Center – 250 Page St. Scottsville, Va 24590
  • Walnut Creek Park – 4250 Walnut Creek Park North Garden, VA 22959

*The recycling location on McIntire Rd may be congested. Please consider Darden Towe Park as an alternate location that is less congested and is suited better for large loads and contract haulers.


Shortly after the Curbside Pick-up, the City and ACPR staff will join forces and chip an estimated 2200 trees at Darden Towe Park.

Free mulch from the recycled trees will be available starting February 1, 2021 at Darden Towe Park and Claudius Crozet Park.

Please advise that all CDC open space guidelines, related to Covid-19, must be followed while at each location. ACPR with have signage posted, with Albemarle County Ordinance verbiage, at all locations as a reminder to customers. Thanks for your support!!


For more information regarding this program, please contact the Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Department or the Charlottesville Public Works Department.

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