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Updated: Jan 20, 2023

Bright n’ Beautiful Announces 2022-23 Yellowstone County Christmas Tree Recycling

Residents Enjoy Annual Tradition of Donating Trees at 10 Convenient Drop-off Sites

The Yellowstone County Christmas Tree Recycling Program will kick off on Monday, December 26 and will continue through Saturday, January 21, 2023.

There’s something magical about a real Christmas tree and nothing beats that fresh smell. Period. Though it's hard to say good-bye, returning real Christmas trees to nature is also kind of magical. Your beloved tree will be transformed into mulch to enrich the environments where our kids play and learn about birds, trees and animals. It’s a great Montana thing to do! Bright n’ Beautiful brings back this festive community tradition with the help of the City of Billings, the County of Yellowstone, and the City of Laurel, as well as generous community partners, Republic Services, Zoo Montana, and Rocky Mountain Compost. Special thanks go to our good neighbors, Schnitzer Steel, Hanser’s Automotive, Lockwood School, Shepherd High School, and Huntley United Methodist Church, for kindly hosting drop-off containers again this year.

Please remove all decorations and bring the undressed tree to one of these convenient drop-off locations:


Zoo Montana, 2100 South Shiloh Rd.

Schnitzer Steel, 1100 6th Ave. North

Hanser’s Automotive, 430 South Billings Blvd.

Billings Landfill, 5240 Jellison Rd.

Billings Heights: Clevenger Park, Bench Blvd. & Radford Sq.

Laurel: Thompson Park pool parking lot, East 6th St. and First Ave.


Lockwood Middle School parking lot, 1932 US Highway 87E

Rocky Mountain Compost, 3060 Farley La.

Shepherd: Shepherd High School parking lot, 7842 Shepherd Rd.

Huntley: United Methodist Church parking lot, 149 Peritse Ave.

“Donating your Christmas tree is a great way to extend the giving season,” says Joanie Tooley, Executive Director of Bright n’ Beautiful. “Say goodbye and thank you to your bright, beautiful tree and start the new year fresh by doing something good for our community.”

Thanks to Billings Public Works for placing and hauling containers in Billings and to Republic Services for generously donating their roll-off containers and services in Lockwood, Huntley, and Shepherd. The trees will be transported to Rocky Mountain Compost for grinding into rich pine mulch to be used for playgrounds, animal habitat, and trails at Zoo Montana, Montana Audubon Center, and other natural settings throughout the year. Bright n’ Beautiful asks that folks return trees to their natural state and please refrain from placing any other objects in containers meant for trees.

A bright and beautiful Christmas and a tree-mendous 2023 to all!

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