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City of Huntsville Christmas tree and trash disposal tips

Published on December 29, 2022

The City of Huntsville will observe the New Year’s holiday on Monday, Jan. 2, which means City’s garbage collections will be delayed one day the week of Jan 2-6. Some routes may experience further delays because of the winter weather event earlier this week that impacted road conditions.

Here are some helpful tips for residents to keep in mind:

Christmas trees

The City’s sanitation crews will haul away Christmas trees and other holiday plants as part of its yard waste pickup program. Place your tree and plants curbside and they will be collected.

Overflow forgiveness

This week, the City will have “overflow forgiveness” and waive its size restrictions (10 cubic yards) of debris. Holiday wrappings and other such material should be bagged, as typical household waste.

Chris McNeese, director of the Department of Public Works, said his department will also pick up large boxes, such as those including TVs, as part of the yard waste program. The City requests the boxes are broken down; there’s a two-fold reason for that, McNeese said. One, it compacts better for the sanitation trucks and secondly, it avoids a prominent signal to would-be thieves who could learn what big “toys” you got for Christmas.


Green Team reminds residents that boxes can be recycled and will be removed during the regular recycling pickups if they are broken down to a manageable size.

Green Team, City of Madison, Madison County, Solid Waste Disposal Authority and its curbside recycling program, Recycling Alliance of North Alabama, are also participating in Operation Christmas Cleanup. This limited recycling collection event will take place Saturday, Jan. 7, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at two locations: John Hunt Park, 2315 Airport Road, and Madison City Schools Stadium, 211 Celtic Drive.

For more information about Huntsville-area recycling efforts, go to recycling-alliance.com or visit the City’s Green Team.