How to dispose of your Christmas tree in northeast Johnson County cities

Prairie Village has designated areas for dropping off trees at Porter, Franklin and Taliaferro Parks for residents.
Prairie Village has designated areas for dropping off trees at Porter, Franklin and Taliaferro Parks for residents.

Free Christmas tree disposal begins as early as Dec. 26 in some northeast Johnson County cities.

Several communities offer free central drop-off sites or disposal through the trash provider on regular pick-up dates. While dates vary there is one universal rule of tree disposal no matter where you live. All live trees must be clear of tinsel, ornaments, lights and stands.

Here’s how it works in area cities:

  • Prairie Village residents who want to recycle their tree can go to Porter, Franklin or Taliaferro parks, where chipping machines are located. Deffenbaugh will also collect trees curbside for the first two weeks in January. Trees taller than six feet must be cut in half.
  • Roeland Park offers a drop-off site for residents at the corner 48th Street and Roe Boulevard from Dec. 29 to mid-January. Town and Country Disposal will also pick up trees curbside for two weeks after Christmas. Trees taller than six feet must be cut in half.
  • Leawood has a drop-off site set up from Dec. 26 to Jan. 25 at soccer field No. 11 in Leawood City Park, 10601 Lee Boulevard. Call the city for locations south of Interstate 435. Deffenbaugh will also collect trees curbside for the first two weeks in January. Trees taller than six feet must be cut in half.
  • Fairway, Westwood, Westwood Hills do not have a central drop-off location but residents can leave live trees curbside on their regular trash day after Christmas through Jan. 7. Town and Country Disposal require trees taller than six feet to be cut in half.
  • Mission and Mission Hills do not have drop-off locations but Deffenbaugh Industries will pick up trees curbside for the first two weeks in January. Trees taller than six feet must be cut in half.