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.
Trees can be dropped off at any of the following locations until the end of January:
- Arkansas River – Verizon Access beneath the I-30 Bridge
- Cox Creek Lake – Cox Creek Lake Public Access
- Greers Ferry Lake – Sandy Beach (Heber Springs), Devils Fork Recreation Area and Choctaw Recreation Area (Choctaw-Clinton)
- Lake Conway – Lawrence Landing Access
- Harris Brake Lake – Chittman Hill Access
- Lake Overcup – Lake Overcup Landing
- Lake Barnett – Reed Access
- Lake Hamilton – Andrew Hulsey State Fish Hatchery Access Area
- Cook’s Lake – Potlatch Conservation Education Center at 625 Cook’s Lake Rd., Casscoe, or the bus lot across from Grand Avenue United Methodist Church in Stuttgart.
- Jonesboro – Craighead Forest Park Lake boat ramp
- Lake Bono – Boat Ramp Access
- Lake Walcott – Crowley’s Ridge State Park Boat Ramp Access
- Beaver Lake – Highway 12 Access and AGFC Don Roufa Hwy 412 Access
- Lake Elmdale – Boat Ramp Access
- Bob Kidd Lake – Boat Ramp Access
- Crystal Lake – Boat Ramp Access
- Lake Chicot – Connerly Bayou Access Area
- Lake Monticello – Hunger Run Access
- Bois d’Arc Lake – Kidd’s Landing or Hatfield Access
- Millwood Lake – Cottonshed, White Cliffs Recreation Areas and the Millwood State Park ramp on the point
- Dierks Lake – Jefferson Ridge South Recreation Area
- De Queen Lake – Any U.S. Army Corps of Engineers boat ramp
- Gillham Lake – Any U.S. Army Corps of Engineers boat ramp
- Lake Greeson – New Cowhide Cove and Self Creek Recreation areas
- Camden – AGFC Regional Office on Ben Lane, next to the National Guard Armory
- Upper White Oak Lake – Upper Jack’s Landing
- Magnolia – Columbia County Road Department Yard on Highway 371
- El Dorado – City recycling center drop-offs: one behind Arby’s and one on South Jackson
- Smackover – Recycling Drop-Off Center (these will be transported to El Dorado)
- South Fork Lake – South Fork Lake Access
- Terre Noire Lake – Terre Noire Lake Access
- Hope – AGFC Regional Office on U.S. Highway 67 East
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.