Bike-Powered! Recycle Your Christmas Tree The Awesome Way


photo credit: Modacity

With inspiration from the awesome people at Modacity in Vancouver, Norte! is excited to offer bike-powered delivery of your Christmas tree to Traverse City’s recycling drop-off site. Because recycling your tree by bicycle might just be the most awesome thing ever:

  • it’s easy. Just fill out the form below.
  • it’s convenient. One less trip for you.
  • it’s less wasteful. Turning your tree into mulch rocks!
  • it supports Norte!. Yay for kids on bikes in Traverse City.

Here’s How it Works:

  1. Commit to making a donation – big or small – and help us inspire Traverse City youth through bicycles. With your support, Norte! will:
    • invest in bike tools, parts and supplies for El Barrio Bike Fix, our upcoming after school learn-to-wrench program at Eastern Elementary
    • host The Bike Mas Project, our experienced-based after school empowerment program at Eastern and Traverse Heights Elementary this spring
    • purchase more balance bikes for the Estrellas del Norte!, our learn-to-ride program this summer
    • grow our Kids Bike Library to make sure that every awesome kid can ride an awesome bike no matter their family’s financial resources
  2. Sign up HERE to schedule your pick-up.
  3. A Norte! volunteer will pedal your Christmas tree to Hull Park using 8ft, heavy duty bike trailers loaned to us by our friends at Carter’s Compost.
  4. Give yourself a pat on the back for supporting kids on bikes in Traverse City and recycling your tree into mulch and erosion control for City parks and Brown Bridge Quiet Area.
  • Pick-ups available in Oak Park, Boardman, Traverse Heights, Central and Old Town neighborhoods only.
  • Pick-ups from 12/28/15 until 1/17/16 .
  • Donations can be made online HERE, via check to “Norte!” left with your tree or sent to to PO Box, 781, TC, MI, 49685.

Email questions to

More info on the City’s tree recycling program HERE.

More info on who Norte! is and what we do HERE.

Learn more about Modacity and their amazing internationally crowd-sourced #TreeByBike photo gallery HERE.

Bike Happy. Bike Mas. Bike Your Christmas Tree TC.