Did you know that McHenry County harvests more Christmas trees than any other county in Illinois? They are also recyclable.  Residents should contact their licensed waste hauler for its curbside collection services.

                  If your waste hauler does not offer tree collection service, McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) encourages residents to take advantage of residential Christmas tree drop-off recycling programs in the County at no cost to residents. Dropped-off trees are sent through a wood chipper to create a material suitable for mulching.

                  Patrick J. McNulty, Public Health Administrator, states “Mulching is a responsible use of our natural resources.

                  It can be used in landscaping to conserve moisture, reduce weeds and reduce soil erosion.” McHenry County Conservation District has one of four recycling programs in the County, the others being Algonquin, Dorr and Nunda Township Road Districts.  Recycled Christmas trees must have all decorations removed prior to drop-off. Artificial trees are not accepted.

County residents

                  McHenry County Conservation District, Glacial Park, Ringwood, Rush Creek, Harvard, Algonquin Township (815) 338-6223, Dec. 26 to Jan.15.

Algonquin Township residents

                  Algonquin Township Road District, 3702 U.S. Hwy 14, Crystal Lake, (847) 639-2700, ext 6; Dec. 26 to Jan 31, 24 hrs/day, 7 days/wk

Dorr Township residents

                  Dorr Township Road District, 12322 Davis Road, Woodstock, (815) 338-1060, Dec. 26 to Jan. 31.

Nunda Township residents

                  Nunda Township Road District, 3518 Bay Road, Crystal Lake, (815) 459-4410, Nov.-March, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

                  For more information, contact MCDH’s Solid Waste Manager Kristy Hecke at (815) 334-4585.