Tree for a Tree Program / Christmas Tree Disposal

Tree for a Tree Program (Christmas Tree Exchange)

In an effort to help Manitowoc residents regain some of the urban canopy which is being lost due to the Emerald Ash Borer’s devastating effects on our city’s Ash Tree population, the City of Manitowoc Forestry Division will offer a Christmas tree exchange program for the sixth year in a row.  The Tree for a Tree Program will offer City of Manitowoc residents the opportunity to exchange a fresh cut Christmas tree for a young deciduous tree seedling known in forestry as a “whip.”  Whips are ready for planting and are generally described as between three to four feet in height, two to four years of age, and ready for planting.

Evergreen Tree

Throughout the month of January 2024, City of Manitowoc residents will have the opportunity to bring their live Christmas tree to the Manitowoc County Recycling Center at 3000 Basswood Road.  Live trees should be free of stands, decorations, bags, tinsel, lights, etc.   If the tree is taller than 6’, it should be cut in half.  Participants will need to complete and sign a form at the main office before dropping off their tree.  Office hours are Monday through Friday between 7 am and 4 pm.  Vouchers for a deciduous whip will be mailed to qualified City of Manitowoc residents in March.  

 Vouchers will be redeemable from April 22, 2024 through May 24, 2024.  Watch for pickup details when you receive the voucher.   Participation is restricted to one voucher per City of Manitowoc resident and one per address.  Choice of species is on a “first come, first serve” basis as quantities will be limited.  Due to their size, whips are typically not suitable to be planted as terrace trees.   

Printable Tree for a Tree Flyer 

Tree Owner's Manual distributed by the United States Forest Service & Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry


Pozorski Hauling & Recycling, L.L.C. Christmas Tree Pickup

In January, Pozorski Hauling & Recycling, L.L.C. sponsors a free, one-day pickup of natural Christmas trees in the City of Manitowoc.  For more information, contact Pozorski Hauling at (920) 682-3544.  Residents who miss the pickup or wish to dispose of their natural tree earlier may take their tree to the Manitowoc County Recycling Center at 3000 Basswood Rd.  For information regarding the Manitowoc County Recycling Center, call (920) 683-4333.