December 12, 2022

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ – Help save the environment by recycling a Christmas tree at the Somerset County Park Commission’s free, annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program from Dec. 26 to Jan. 31. Residents can drop off their trees at Colonial Park Gardens or North Branch Park. Free mulch will be available at the drop-off sites on a first-come, first-serve basis.

This program is a free, eco-friendly, and cost-effective way for residents to dispose of their Christmas trees. Mulch and woodchips collected from the recycled trees will be used throughout the park system to help nurture and protect plant life.

Drop-off Locations

The following drop-off locations are open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.:

  • Colonial Park Gardens, located at 156 Mettlers Road, Parking Lot F, in Somerset (Franklin Township)
  • North Branch Park located at 355 Milltown Road, at the lighted baseball field, in Bridgewater

Christmas Tree Recycling Guidelines

  • Only natural trees will be accepted
  • Only one tree per family will be accepted
  • Trees must be free of ornaments, wires, netting, and tinsel
  • Recycling wreaths and garlands will NOT be accepted
  • Group deliveries and trees from dealers will NOT be accepted

For more information about the Christmas tree recycling program, contact Surina Rashid at the Somerset County Park Commission Horticulture Department at 908-722-1200, ext. 5721.

Individuals with hearing and speech impairment can call the Relay Service at 711 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday (except holidays).

Somerset County Park Commission
The Somerset County Park Commission stewards nearly 15,000 acres of county-owned open space, which is visited by two-million park users each year. Five golf courses have three driving ranges, a pitch and putt course and a recreational putting course. Other attractions include a riding stable, an environmental education center, two tennis facilities, an outdoor pool, paddle boating, a rock and rare plant garden, a perennial garden, an award-winning rose garden, an arboretum, and a fragrance and sensory garden. Six county parks also offer amenities, such as athletic fields, picnic facilities, bike paths, fishing, birdwatching, cross-country skiing, and hiking.

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