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Christmas tree recycling

Scroll down this page for local Texas recycling and responsible disposal options for holiday waste, from Christmas trees and wreathes, to lights, ornaments, wrapping and packaging. Many towns and cities offer curbside collection, even for Christmas trees. Counties and unicorporated areas typically have a number or drop-off locations.

Christmas trees are usually colllected from December 26th through the first 2 or 3 weeks in January.  Whether your tree is picked up from your curb,Grinding Christmas trees into mulch or you drop it off, be sure to remove all  remove all lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments, nails, stands,  other NON-Organic decorative materials and other materials that are not part of the original tree. This includes tree stands also.  Flocked trees are occasionally accepted (call to verify), but not artificial trees. Large trees (larger than the standard 6 - 7 ft tree) may need to be cut in half to be acceptable by your curbside garbage hauler.

The trees and wreathes are usually chipped and made into a mulch which is ofteny made available, free to city or county residents.

Ornaments and light strings are usually placed into your curbside collection bin.  Some localities have year-round collection centers. The same is true of wrapping paper and boxes.

Always follow the links (usually the blue, underlined name of the city or county) below for updated information, as these agencies often wait until the last minute to change dates or update their information. If your area is not specifically mentioned below, call your trash collection agency and ask!

Texas January 2021 Curbside, Local Recycling and Disposal Options for Trees, Lights and Other Holiday Waste

Texas January 2021 Curbside, Local Recycling and Disposal Options for Trees, Lights and Other Holiday Waste

  • Arlington, TX - It is recommended that Residents recycle Christmas trees by taking them to the mulching facility Center at the Arlington Landfill free of charge. Christmas Tree recycling will be held from December 26th through January 11th. The landfill is located at 800 Mosier Valley Road and Collins Street about one mile north of Green Oaks Blvd. and is open Monday through Saturday from 7 am until 4:30 pm, weather permitting.
    Arlington residents may also drop off live Christmas trees to be recycled at the Calloway's Nursery located at 4940 S. Cooper Street. Christmas trees should be loaded into one of the containers on the north side of the building during business hours only. Please do not place next to containers. Please remove all ornaments, lights, tree stands, and plastic bags. Flocked trees are acceptable.
    If you have questions about the landfill, please call 817-354-2300. Free mulch made from recycled Christmas trees and leaves collected through the leaf drop off locations, will be available to Arlington residents in the spring.
    Please call the City's Action Center at 817-459-6777 for more information.
    Trees placed curbside will be collected for trash. Trees taller than 6 feet must be cut in half for trash pick-up. Please do not take Christmas trees to the leaf recycling drop-off sites. F
  • Austin - Click here for locations, updated information and more details. City of Austin curbside customers can recycle their trees by leaving them at the curb on their regular collection day. All other residents can drop trees off at Zilker Park, the first two weekends in January. Please remove all decorations from tree. Trees will be composted into Dillo Dirt(TM).
    City of Austin curbside customers can recycle their trees by leaving them at the curb on their regular collection day. All other residents can drop trees off at Zilker Park.
    Curbside Collections (find your collection day)
    Starting December 26th, City of Austin curbside customers can recycle their trees at the curb! Please remove all decorations from tree. Please set out your tree by 6:30 am on your regular collection day and remove all decorations and stands from the tree. Trees over 6 feet should be cut in half. Do not place tree in a plastic bag.
    Zilker Park Drop-off
    Not a City of Austin curbside customer? No problem! All residents can drop off their trees for recycling at Zilker Park. Trees with flocking (artificial snow) are not accepted, please remember to remove all decorations and stands. Drop off is between 10 am to 2 pm. on the following dates:
    Saturday, January 2, 2021
    Sunday, January 3, 2021
    Saturday, January 9, 2021
    Sunday, January 10, 2021
    Trees collected will be turned into mulch and will be available for free on a first-come, first-served basis beginning mid-January at 9 am (CALL BEFORE YOU GO!!Please bring your own tools and storage containers for loading and transporting the mulch.
    There are also alternative Free Drop-Off Locations:
    Tree will be accepted free of cost at the locations listed below. However, a contamination fee will be added to any trees with tags, decorations, and/or plastic remaining.
    Texas Disposal Systems, TDS Landfill: 3016 FM 1327, Creedmoor, Texas
    Texas Disposal Systems, Eco Depot: 4001 RR 620 South, Bee Cave, Texas
    Organics By Gosh, 13602 FM 969, Austin, TX 78724
 | (512) 276-1211
    Walker Aero Environmental (JV Dirt), 3600 FM 973 North Austin, Texas 78725
    Whittlesey Landscape Supplies, 3219 S IH 35 Round Rock, Texas 78664,
    Whittlesey Landscape Supplies, 629 Dalton Lane, Austin, Texas 78742
    Travis County Transfer Station, 2625 Woodall Dr. Leander, Texas 78641
    Travis County Service Center, 6013 Blue Bluff Rd Austin, Texas 78724
    Del Valle Softball Complex (Behind the Southwest Rural Center), 3614 FM 973 Del Valle, Texas 78617
    And there are Drop-Off Locations with a Fee - See this page
  • Beaumont, TX - Recycle Your Christmas Tree - Citizens can drop off their live Christmas tree for recycling at three city parks Beginning December 26 through the second Friday in January, Beaumont residents can drop off their live Christmas trees at one of three city parks:
    Magnolia Park, 2855 Magnolia Ave.
    Rogers Park, 1455 Dowlen Road
    Sprott Park, 4325 Usan St.
    The drop-off service is available through the second Friday in January. Trees should be free of all decorations and stands. Trees also can be placed on the curb, and will be picked up during regular collection days. Commercial drop-off is not permitted. Christmas trees - along with other collected yard waste - is converted into mulch. Citizens are welcome to collect free much every Saturday between 7 am and 1 pm at the city's landfill, located at 4955 Laffin Road in Beaumont.
  • Dallas - Please remove all tinsel, ornaments, lights and rope before you set out or drop off your tree. Note: A visitor tell sme that Home Depot is not taking trees this year.
    Curbside collection:
    Residents can also put their tree out for their regular brush / bulk pickup.
    Christmas tree drop-off
    Call the Dallas Zero Waste Hotline at 214-670-4475 for drop-off times and more information.Bring your real tree to the McCommas Bluff Landfill or the Northwest Transfer Station through Tuesday, January 6 to be recycled.
    Northwest Transfer Station: 9500 Harry Hines Blvd, 75220
    McCommas Bluff Landfill: 5100 Youngblood, Rd.
  • El Paso, TX - Take your Christmas trees to any of the locations below to be recycled into mulch at not charge! Locations are open from 8 am to 4 pm. Tuesday through Saturday, closed on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Citizen Collection Stations also accept household trash, bulky items, tires (without rims), used electronics, and household hazardous waste. If residents are dropping off any of these items mentioned above, they will need to take a recent water bill and an I.D. matching the name on the bill. No I.D. or recent water bill is needed to recycle live Christmas trees. Other Holiday Recyclables Besides fresh trees, residents are also encouraged to recycle their cardboard gift boxes, wrapping paper, and holiday cards, all of which are accepted at the Citizen Collection Stations or in blue household recycling bins. Materials that cannot be recycled include: metallic wrapping paper, bows, ribbons, and foam. These items should be placed in the gray trash bins. To learn more, visit www.elpasotexas.gov/environmental-services or call 311
    South El Paso - 4200 Delta
    Westside - 121 Atlantic
    Eastside - 1034 Pendale
    Central - 2492 Harrison
    Northeast -4501 Hondo Pass
  • Fort Worth, TX - Live Christmas trees can be disposed of as part of the normal weekly yard waste pickup, or you can take it to a city drop-off station . Trees must be less than eight feet long; cut trees in two pieces if necessary. Be sure to take all your decorations, lights and tree stands off of the tree, and do not put the tree in a plastic bag. Flocked trees are accepted; artificial trees are not accepted for yard waste collection. All the trees collected in Fort Worth are recycled into mulch . Live Christmas trees can be disposed of as part of Fort Worth' s normal weekly yard waste pickup. Trees must be less than eight feet long; cut trees in two pieces if necessary. Be sure to take all your decorations, lights and tree stands off of the tree before you place it on the curb. Do not put the tree in a plastic bag. Flocked trees are accepted; artificial trees should be disposed of in the brown garbage cart.
    Residents can also take live trees to any of the city' s four drop-off stations:
    Brennan Drop-off Station, 2400 Brennan Ave.
    Southeast Drop-off Station, 5150 Martin Luther King Freeway
    Old Hemphill Road Drop-off Station, 6260 Old Hemphill Road and
    301 Hillshire Drive.
    Hours: Monday to Friday: 8 am to 6 pm Saturday: 8 am to 5 pm Closed Sunday.
    Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Stations close at 5 pm the day before holidays. Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
  • Grapevine, TX - Christmas Tree & Clean Brush Curbside Recycling Day For more information, phone 817-410-3330 Plus Other Christmas Recycling Opportunities!
    On January 6, 2021 and January 20, 2021, Place your "clean" (no tinsel or lights) Christmas tree at the curb to have it mulched and avoid it going to the landfill!
    Other Christmas Recycling Opportunities!
    Batteries: Buy rechargeable batteries when you can. Keep used batteries in a plastic container and dispose of them at a City recycling event (MARCH & NOVEMBER) or at any Interstate Battery location.
    Wrapping Paper: Use reusable gift bags or re-use gift wrapping when possible. Tearable/non-mylar wrapping paper may be recycled.
    Packing materials: Use shredded paper when possible. Reuse Styrofoam or recycle clean, white Styrofoam at any City recycling event or it may be taken to Foam Fabricators (900 Keller Pkwy, Ste. 101, Keller, TX 76248 (817) 379-6520).
    Electronics: Electronics may be recycled at the Electronics Recycling Container in the Animal Shelter parking lot (502 Shady Brook Drive).
    Roll off Recycle Containers.jpgCardboard: Cardboard boxes may be broken down and placed out for curbside recycling. Large amounts of cardboard may be brought to the Single Stream Recycling Container also located in the Animal Shelter parking lot (502 Shady Brook Drive). Please contact the City's Environmental Services Division (817-410-3330) with any questions you might have regarding recycling this holiday season!
  • Houston, TX - Residents with City of Houston collection may place their tree curbside on their scheduled Tree Waste day and it will be recycled. The trees must have all decorations, ornaments, tinsel, lights and stands removed. Flocked trees cannot be recycled.
    Residents can also recycle their trees by dropping them off at one of eighteen (26) free, drop-off, recycling sites located throughout Houston. The program runs from December 26, to second Monday (start counting Mondays AFTER New Year's Day) in January. All facilities are closed New Year's Day, January 1st. In addition to the drop-off locations, Trees that are collected for recycling will be ground into mulch that is available in bulk directly from Living Earth or available in bags as Living Earth Houston Mulch sold at Houston area retailers. Houston Christmas Tree Recycling Locations
    Trees may be dropped off at the following eighteen (18) locations city-wide, listed by open hours:.
    OPEN Wednesday - Sunday 9 am to 6 pm
    1. Central Neighborhood Depository - 2240 Central St.
    2. Kirkpatrick Neighborhood Depository - 5565 Kirkpatrick
    3. Sommermeyer Neighborhood Depository - 14400 Sommermeyer
    4. N. Main Neighborhood Depository - 9003 N. Main
    5. Southwest Neighborhood Depository - 10785 SW Freeway
    6. Sunbeam Neighborhood Depository - 5100 Sunbeam

    OPEN DAILY, 9am to 6pm
    Kingwood (Branch Library)- Bens View Lane @ Bens Branch Drive
    Doss Park (gates close at 5) - 2500 Frick Road (County Park)
    Memorial Park (Ball Fields 4 and 5) - 7300 Memorial Drive
    T.C. Jester Park - 4200 T.C. Jester West
    Elington Airport Recycling Drop-off -HWY [email protected] Brantley Road
    OPEN Monday - Saturday 8am to 5pm (Westpark Closed January 1st)
    Westpark Consumer Recycling Center - 5900 Westpark
    LIVING EARTH - MON-FRI 7 am to 5 pm and Saturday 7 am to 12pm
    Living Earth will be closed December 31 and January 1st
    Living Earth - 5802 Crawford Rd.
    Living Earth - 1503 Industrial Dr, Missouri City
    Living Earth - 1700 Highway 90A East, Richmond
    Living Earth - 12202 Cutten Road
    Living Earth - 16138 Highway 6
    Living Earth - 5210 S. Sam Houston Pkwy E
    Living Earth - 27733 Katy Freeway, Katy TX
    Living Earth - 10310 Beaumont Highway
    Living Earth - 17555 I-45 South, Conroe TX
    Living Earth -20611 US Hwy 59, New Caney TX
    Living Earth - 1000 FM 1266, Dickinson TX
    Living Earth - 16955 Katy- Hockley Rd
    Living Earth - 9306 FM 523, Freeport TX

    For more information about the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department and its services, residents may check online, like us on Facebook follow us on twitter @houstontrash or call 3-1-1, the City of Houston's Customer Service Helpline.
  • Lubbock, TX - Christmas Tree Recycling - Beginning, December 26th, the Solid Waste Services department will offer residents fresh cut Christmas tree Drop-off Recycling at the 2 permanent drop-off locations. Residents need to remove all decorations, metal stand, and any plastic before placing the fresh-cut Christmas tree in the roll-off located outside the gates at the 208 Municipal Drive and 1631 84th Street drop-off locations.
    Starting in December until January 8, 2021, the roll-offs will be located inside the gates. Residents can drop off fresh-cut Christmas trees from 8 am to 5:30 pm Monday to Saturday.. For the rest of January, we will have the Christmas Tree roll-off moved inside the gates to monitor. The trees must be free of all decorations and debris. Once collected the City of Lubbock Solid Waste Service then grind the trees into coarse mulch. Year-round mulch is offered for free at our Southside Recycling site. As a tip, the mulch is in a pile therefore we recommend that individuals bring a box or bag and then a shovel or rake to collect it.
    City of Lubbock Locations
    SOUTHSIDE: 1631 84th Street (South just off 82nd and Ave Q)
    NORTHSIDE: 208 Municipal Drive (West of where Buddy Holly turns into Municipal Dr. at I27 at ext 4.)
    SOUTH MILWAUKEE: 7308 Milwaukee Avenue (West side of Milwaukee after the light on 73rd just before the shopping center)
    NORTH QUAKER: 4307 Adrian Street (Clovis Highway just North of Quaker)
  • Pearland, TX - NOTE: I cannot find ANY updates on their website (nor can Google) so this is carried over from last year. To recycle your tree properly, remove your tree from the stand, remove all tinsel (if you added any), lights and ornaments and recycle your tree by one of these options:
    Option one: The Stella Roberts Recycling Center
    For those of you who want to help restore our "Brazoria County" sand dunes via the Dunes Day Project take your Christmas tree to the Stella Roberts Recycling Center, 5800 Magnolia Dr. in Pearland, Texas during the centers operating hours, Tuesday - Friday 8 am to 5 pm, Saturday 9 am to 1 pm to those dumping outside the gate when the center is closed can be fined up to $200. Trees will be accepted from Dec. 27 to mid-January.
    Option two: Manvel Location
    Trees for the Dunes Project will also be accepted at the Brazoria County Precinct 2 Work Yard 7315 Corporate Dr. in Manvel, Texas during the yards operating hours, Monday to Thursday 7:30 am to 5:30 pm This work yard is approximately 2 miles east of the SH288 and SH6 intersection. It is behind the Brazoria County Service Center (turn onto Corporate drive and pass the service center building). There is a cable link fence surrounding the work yard, with a gate that is unlocked during operating hours.
    Option three: Green Waste Day
    If you can't transport your tree, you live in a single-family dwelling and you are within Pearland City of limits, your tree can be set out curbside on your green waste day. These trees will go to a commercial composting facility where they are chopped up for mulch at the facility along with the rest of your green waste.
    For more information about recycling, log on to www.mykpb.org or call 281.489.2795.
  • Plano, Texas - From December 26th through the first SUNDAY in January (which is often the 2nd, 3rd or 4th day of the month), drop off stripped trees at one of the following locations:
    Carpenter Park, 6701 Colt Road, Plano, TX 75024.
    Old Shepherd Place Park, 1301 Winding Hollow Lane, Plano, TX 75093.
    Russell Creek Park, 3500 McDermont Rd, Plano, TX 750
    Schell Park, 2100 Laurel Lane, Plano, TX 75074.
    Call 972-769-4150 for more information.
  • San Antonio, Texas - Recycle your Christmas Tree! The City of San Antonio provides sites throughout the City for residents to drop off their Christmas trees to be recycled into nutrient-rich mulch. Event details and list of drop-off locations: English | Spanish. And Click here for locations, updated information and more details. And Texas Disposal Systems and Garden-Ville will also take Clean Christmas trees , holly, pumpkins and other living
    decorations will be accepted FREE OF CHARGE from December 26th to January 1st. All items must be free of lights, ornaments, metal, flocking, and other non-living contaminants.
    Christmas trees can be dropped off at any one of six TDS locations throughout the Central Texas region from December 26th to January 1st. They are as follows:
    - TDS Landfill Mon-Sat 7 a.m. - Sunset / Sun Closed 3016 FM 1327 Creedmoor, TX 78610 (512) 421-1362
    - TDS & Garden-Ville Bee Cave Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. / Sat 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. / Sun Closed 4001 RR 620 S. Bee Cave, TX 78738 (512) 263-5265
    - TDS & Garden-Ville Georgetown Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. / Sat 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. / Sun Closed 250 W.L. Walden Dr., Georgetown, TX 78626 (512) 930-1715
    - Garden-Ville Evans Rd. San Antonio Mon-Fri 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. / Sat 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. / Sun Closed 7561 E. Evans Rd. San Antonio, TX 78266 (210) 651-6115
    - Garden-Ville SARA San Antonio Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. / Sat & Sun Closed 1280 FM 1516 N., Converse, TX 78109 (210) 483-1951
    - Garden-Ville Victoria Mon-Fri 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. / Sat 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. / Sun Closed 18125 FM 1686, Victoria, TX 77905 (361) 897-1500.

    January 2 to January 31, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm:
    Bitters Brush Drop-Off Center - 1800 Wurzbach Parkway, 78216
    Nelson Gardens Drop-Off Center - 8963 Nelson Road, 78252
    SWMD Highway 90 Location - 5450 Castroville Road, 78227

    January 2 to mid-January, on Tuesday to Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm:
    Culebra Road Drop-Off Center - 7030 Culebra Road, 78238
    Frio City Road Drop-Off Center - 1531 Frio City Road, 78226
    Rigsby Road Drop-Off Center - 2755 Rigsby Road, 78222

    Customers should follow these guidelines. If the tree is over 6 ft. tall cut it in half. Remove all lights, decorations and stands. Do not bag trees. No live wreaths, garlands or plants will be accepted. Approximately one to two weeks after these dates, the tree mulch will be available at the Bitters Brush location for free while supplies last. Customers can also place smaller real trees in their green organics carts for their normal collection dates. Trimming may be required. The cart lid must close completely. Do not over-stuff or over-fill the cart. Do not bag the tree. No plastic, metal or glass is accepted.
    For more information, visit, www.sanantonio.gov/swmd. Follow us at www.facebook.com/SWMD .
  • Tyler, Texas - Each year on the day following Christmas until the second Sunday of January, the City of Tyler Solid Waste Department and Keep Tyler Beautiful provides two locations for Christmas tree recycling. Residents can drop off their undecorated, non-flocked natural Christmas trees in designated areas at Golden Road Park and Fun Forest Park in Tyler. Golden Road Park is located at the intersection of McDonald Road and Golden Road. Fun Forest Park is located in the 900 block of North Glenwood Boulevard. All lights, ornaments, garland and tinsel should be removed from the Christmas tree before dropping it off near the sign that says "Christmas Tree Recycling." The trees at the parks are available for area fishermen to pick up and sink in nearby lakes to create fish habitats. Small fish eat the aquatic insects that find a home in the tree branches. The fish also use the trees as a hiding place. As a result, the fishing is improved around the "recycled trees" because more fish congregate in these areas. Christmas trees will also be picked up at the curb for disposal at the landfill. Only non-flocked natural trees deposited at Fun Forest Park and Golden Road Park will be recycled. Flocking and tinsel may be hazardous to the fish and waterfowl. Flocking may also contribute to water pollution.
  • Waco, TX - Keep Waco Beautiful will host its annual "Chipping of the Green" Christmas tree recycling event, Saturday, January 9th at Paul Tyson Field Parking lot, on Lake Air Drive (just past the horse barn area of the Coliseum), from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm After the holidays, load up your Christmas tree, bring it to be recycled, and receive a bag of wonderfully scented tree mulch plus a native Texas sapling. Mulching your tree is a wonderful way to end your holiday season and planting a native tree sapling is a great beginning to the New Year! For questions, call Keep Waco Beautiful at 750-5728 or email Sherri Street at: [email protected]. And Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
  • Westlake, TX - Christmas Tree Pickup - Christmas trees will be picked up on Friday, January 8, 2021 as part of Westlake's regularly scheduled bulk pickup. If the tree is taller than 5 feet, it will need to be cut in half. As a reminder, bulk pickup is on the 2nd & 4th Fridays of the month! See blow for bulk pickup guidelines. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].
    Westlake Trash & Recycling Schedule - The Town of Westlake contracts with Republic Services for our trash & recycling services. Pick-up is every FRIDAY (except during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years when it moves to SATURDAY), with bulk pick-up on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month.
  • Williamson County, TX - Rsidents can recycle Christmas trees at the Williamson County Landfill & Recycling Center. The landfill is located at 600 Landfill Road, between Highway 79 and Highway 29.

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