Time to start taking down the Christmas decorations and hauling the tree out for recycling. 

Your tree is likely drying out by now to the point of becoming a serious fire hazard. Experts say a dry Christmas tree will burn faster than a newspaper, according to wrex.com. A good rule, if your tree is losing needles, it's time for it to be taken to one of the Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful recycling drop off spots below, between January 1 - January 15, 2019.


  • Don Schmidt Youth Sports Center at Riverdahl Park, 871 Sandy Hollow Road (parking lot off Sandy Hollow)
  • Levings Lake, 1420 S. Pierpont Avenue (east entrance, South Johnson Avenue at Montague)
  • Andrews Park, 800 North Central Avenue
  • Gambino Park, 4421 Pepper Drive (west of North Alpine)
  • Alpine Park, 950 South Alpine Road
  • Crimson Ridge, 735 N. Perryville Road (near parking lot)

Loves Park

  • Martin Park, 5600 Park Ridge Road (south side of Riverside, northeast of parking lot)

Cherry Valley

  • Baumann Park, South Walnut Street (daylight hours only)


  • Williams Tree Farm, 4661 Yale Bridge Road
  • Rockton Boat Ramp parking area, 830 E. Main Street (opposite of the ball field)


  • Valley View Farms, 6440 Belvidere Road


  • Pecatonica Wetlands Forest Preserve, 4550 North Pecatonica Road (near picnic area)

Village of Davis

  • Davis Village Hall, 104 E. McKimmey

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