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Recycle Your Christmas Tree in Arkansas

If you have a real Christmas tree, like the kind you can get from an Arkansas Christmas tree farm, you can dispose of it in an environmentally friendly manner by donating it to an Arkansas state park or recycling it. For either of these options, the trees have to real, tinsel-free and ornament free.

Little Rock provides curbside pickup of trees. They should be disposed of like other yard waste if you choose to go that route. Other cities in central Arkansas offer this service too. Check with your local waste management office.

Another option is to donate the trees to Arkansas Game and Fish and the Arkansas Corps of Engineers. Fishermen can sink the trees and use them as underwater structures for fish. Crappie, bass and bluegill love them. You can drop off trees between the end of December and Jan 23. The following locations accept trees. If you’re an angler, you can pick up trees to sink in your favorite location at these locations too.

  • Lake Pickthorne – Near the boat ramp.
  • Greers Ferry Lake – Sandy Beach (Heber Springs), Devils Fork Recreation Area and Choctaw Recreation Area (Choctaw-Clinton).
  • Dardanelle Lake – Dwight Mission Access, Highway 64/Piney Access, Cabin Creek Slough Access.
  • Jack Nolen Lake – Largest access ramp on rip-rap near ramp.
  • Sugar Loaf Lake – Sugar Loaf Access Area near ramps.
  • Lake Conway – Lawrence Landing Access.
  • Harris Brake Lake – Chittman Hill Access.
  • Lake Overcup – Lake Overcup Landing.
  • Lake Barnett – Reed Access.
  • Jonesboro – Craighead Forest Park Lake boat ramp.
  • Lake Elmdale – Boat Ramp Access.
  • Bob Kidd Lake – Boat Ramp Access.
  • Crystal Lake – Boat Ramp Access.
  • Jonesboro – Craighead Forest Park Lake boat ramp.

Another idea is to donate your tree to Pinnacle Mountain for them to use as an animal habitat. Just bring it to the Arkansas Arboretum, located at the west end of the parking lot near the Visitor Center. 501-868-5806

If you’re looking for a way to improve your own wildlife habitat, trees can be placed in your backyard whole to serve as winter homes for wildlife, like birds. After the winter, you can mulch the tree and use it in flower beds.

Do not use Christmas trees as firewood. Pines and evergreens do not burn cleanly and can lead to build up in your chimney.

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