$5 Holiday Tree Disposal Rate Dec. 26 - Jan. 16

Residents can recycle their live holiday trees for a $5 fee at the Larimer County Landfill from December 26 – January 16. All decorations, tree stands, and plastic bags must be removed from the tree. The limit is one tree per resident. Christmas trees with items that have not been removed will be charged and landfilled.

The Green Waste Program is a way that commercial customers and residents can divert waste from the landfill. The benefits of diverting decomposing green waste include extending the life of the landfill, reducing leachate and greenhouse gas emissions and producing valuable products that enrich soil and enhance vegetation growth.

See Landfill Fees for costs. Residential Green Waste and trash may come in on the same load through the gate, but must be unloaded separately. Green waste must go through the main gate to be charged and tracked. It must be unloaded in the green waste area near the trash platform by specific waste type, and trash must be unloaded in the disposal area. Look for signs as you drive toward the disposal area.

What is green waste?

The following items will be accepted as green waste:

Clean pallets

  • Wood pallets okay

Green waste

  • Tree branches
  • Tree limbs and trimmings
  • Brush


  • Tree trunks – cut to 6 feet in length and 2 feet in diameter or smaller

Yard Waste

  • Grass and leaves
  • Garden waste or plant clippings

What will not be accepted?

We will not accept the following as green waste: Bags, containers, fiberboard, food waste, metal, painted wood, plastic, plywood, root balls, soil, trash, treated wood, trunks larger than 2 feet in diameter (these cannot be processed as green waste) and weeds.

What other requirements are there?

All green waste loads must be clean and unloaded by waste type (pallets, green waste, logs, and yard waste). No other trash will be accepted in a load; all mixed loads will go to the landfill. Please enter through the main gates.

What happens to my green waste?

Green waste is collected, ground up and used on site to add nutrients to soil and prevent erosion.