Taking Care of Holiday Waste

Photo of Christmas tree compost pile

Olmsted County Environmental Resources shares this important information about holiday waste. ​​

Christmas Trees

  • Through March, Christmas trees can be dropped off at the Olmsted County Compost Site any day of the week during daylight hours.
  • There is no disposal fee.
  • Remember to remove the stand, ornaments, and lights.
  • Wreaths, swags, boughs, and evergreen decorations should be placed in a bag and thrown in your garbage to prevent the spread of an invasive species known as the Elongate Hemlock Scale—a pest that feeds on conifer trees. Do not compost. 

Holiday Lights


For more information, including hours and locations, please visit Olmsted County Environmental Resources.​