Free Tree Planting Program (UPDATE 2/28/23: There are a few trees still available.)

The City of Mt. Pleasant plants a variety of trees in the city’s right-of-way as part of the Urban Forestry Plan. Residential and commercial property owners are eligible for one free tree per year, to be planted in the right of way in front of their property. The Street Department will determine the best location for the tree. Once planted, the property owner is asked to water the tree as directed, especially during the hot summer months, or long periods without rainfall.

To receive a free tree and have it planted in the Spring, fill out a Tree Application and return it to the Division of Public Works at 320 W. Broadway Street, by March 1, 2023. View the Tree Brochure below.

Residents who wish to plant their own tree in the right-of-way must obtain a permit from DPW. There is no charge for the permit, but there are a few tree species that are prohibited by city ordinance. For more information, please contact the Division of Public Works office at 989-779-5401.

City of Mt. Pleasant Christmas Tree Collection

PLEASE NOTE: Two Trash Bag Tags Needed for Curbside Christmas Tree Collection

As you are decorating for the holidays, here are a few important items to know. City of Mt. Pleasant Street Department staff will be picking up discarded Christmas trees from City residents from January 4-15, 2021. This curbside collection can be utilized by attaching two trash bag tags to the tree for a cost of $6.30. These are not special Christmas Tree Collection tags.

Trash bag tags are available for online purchase and delivery at

Individual trash bag tags are available at GreenTree Grocery. Multiple tags can be purchased at Meijer, Ric’s, and City Hall by appointment only.

Trees are to be placed at the curb, even in areas where normal trash collection is in the alley. If you know you will be using this service, please contact the Division of Public Works with the date the tree will be curbside. Call (989) 779-5401 or email    

All tinsel and plastic bags must be removed, and the trunk ends of the trees face the street. Evergreen wreaths will not be collected. After January 15 trees may be taken to the Materials Recovery Facility or disposed of through the City’s brush chipping program.