Calvert County residents can take their live Christmas trees and wreaths to county convenience centers for recycling at no charge through Jan. 31, 2015. After Jan. 31, all trees must be brought to the Appeal landfill and standard fees will apply.

Trees and wreaths must have all decorations, metal frames, lights and metal stands removed. Trees and wreaths may not be in plastic bags. Trees are accepted whole. All materials will be taken to the Appeal landfill to be mulched. Mulch is available to county residents for free.

Wrapping paper, cardboard boxes, holiday cards and other paper are accepted at the convenience centers for recycling at no cost, any time of the year. Cardboard boxes should be flattened and all packing materials, ribbons and Styrofoam must be removed for trash disposal.

Locations of the six convenience centers and their hours are listed on the county website at For more information call 410-326-0210. Find Calvert County Government on Facebook.