Christmas Tree and Lights Recycling Programs

Recycling Reminders

All decorations, tinsel, lights, skirts, disposal bags and stands must be removed from trees.

The City will provide Christmas tree drop-off sites December 25 through January 15, 2024, at these locations:


  • Ballard Park
    3901 North 66th Street
  • Oak Lake Park
    three blocks south of Cornhusker on North First Street
  • Seng Park at University Place
    University Place, North 50th and Garland streets


  • Holmes Lake Park
    South 70th and Normal streets, parking lot west of north softball field
  • Tierra Park
    South 29th Street and Tierra Drive
  • Woods Park
    South 31st and “J” streets, southeast corner of the parking lot

Boy Scout Troop 8 will provide tree pickup service December 26, 30 and 31, and January 1, 6, 7 and 13, 2024. To schedule a pickup, visit or call 402-965-1458. Trees should be placed on the front lawn by 9 a.m. The service is free, but donations are appreciated.

Residents also can contact their refuse haulers regarding tree disposal.

The 11th annual Recycle Holiday Lights Drive runs now through January 10, 2024. A portion of funds raised from the copper extracted from the lights benefit the Eastridge Elementary PTO, the Lincoln Firefighters Operation Warm and the Lincoln Public Schools Science Focus Program Booster Club. Drop off locations include:

  • Eastridge Elementary School parking lot, 6245 “L” St. – southwest side of the building near the playground
  • Lincoln Children’s Zoo overflow parking lot, 2847 “A” St. – across “A” Street south of the zoo
  • All Lincoln Fire and Rescue Stations List of Locations

No boxes, brown paper sacks, plastic bags, ornaments, artificial trees or household trash are permitted. Lights attached to garland and wreaths are only accepted in the Eastridge Elementary parking lot and should be placed in boxes next to the collection bin. Visit for more information.

The Solid Waste Management Division reminds residents that holiday lights must not be placed in curbside recycling bins or deposited at community recycling sites.