How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas TreesWhere and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Arizona in after Christmas in 2019 and January 2020

How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees

In many urban and suburban areas, Christmas trees are collected from curbside during the first 2 weeks in January. 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 usually accepted, 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 garbage hauler. But scrroll down this page for more specific information and local links.

What happens to the trees? In most cases, the trees are chipped and made into a mulch which is usually made available, free to city or county residents. Important: Never burn your Christmas tree in a fireplace or wood stove. Burning the tree may contribute to creosote buildup and could cause a chimney fire.

Tips: Always follow the links (usually the 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 (it's government, remember?). If your area is Grinding Christmas trees into mulchnot specifically mentioned below, contact your trash collection agency and inquire!

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Arizona: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays

  • Apache Junction, AZ - Instead of sending a live tree to a landfill, give a gift back by recycling your Christmas tree (treecycle). Residents are asked to remove all nails, stands, tinsel, lights and ornaments from the trees. Flocked and artificial trees will not be accepted because they do not break down in the environment. The city of Apache Junction is participating in this tree recycling effort by providing two free drop-off points in the city. The sites available to accept trees for recycling will be open 24 hours a day for free drop-off through Feb. 3, 2019. Those sites are:
    Paws & Claws Care Center, 725 E. Baseline Ave.
    Prospector Park, 3015 N. Idaho Rd.
    Residents are asked to remove all nails, stands, tinsel, lights and ornaments from trees. Flocked trees will not be accepted because the flocking does not break down in the environment.
    Please direct any questions about this program to the city's Public Works Department at (480) 982-1055..
  • Avondale, AZ - A to Z Equipment Rentals will be recycling Christmas trees for Avondale. Trees can be dropped off at their West Valley location, 803 E. Van Buren Street in Avondale, beginning Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, 2019. Please remove all stands, ornaments, nails and lights from the tree.Trees may also be left curbside at your home for monthly bulk trash pick-up.
    For more information about Christmas tree recycling, call Avondale's Public Works Department at (623) 333-4700.
  • Buckeye, AZ - Remove all decorations, tinsel, tree stand, metal stakes and nails. Bagged trees will not be accepted. For more information, contact: 623-349-6100.
    Curbside collection: This item is accepted for Bulk Trash. Set your bulk pile on your property, next to the street or curb, on the weekend before collection (at least before 5:30 a.m. on your scheduled collection day). For homes with alley trash/recycle collection, place bulk piles next to the road. Bulk piles are NOT collected from the alley.
    Or use Christmas Tree Drop off
    Live Christmas Trees only (no bagged trees). Please bring to one of the City's convenient Depots during select weekends in January. Remove all decorations, tinsel, tree stand, metal stakes and nails.
    Fire Station 701, 404 S. Miller Road
    Fire Station 702, 1911 S. Rainbow Road
    Fire Station 703, 2582 N. Verrado Way
    Fire Station 704, 27360 W. Wagner Complex
    Fire Station 705, 30050 W. Tartesso Parkway
    Drop-off at the Landfill - Residential rate for City of Buckeye residents is $10.30 for the first 600 lbs. Southwest Regional Landfill
  • Chandler, Arizona - Christmas Tree Collection at the Curb:  Christmas trees are collected at the curb on recycling collection days December 26 through mid-January  ( Jan. 11 in 2019) . Set your Christmas tree at the edge of your driveway for collection. DO NOT place trees in your recycling container, in the street.
    DO NOT block sidewalk for pedestrian use
    DO NOT place the tree in street or alleyways
    DO NOT place the tree in a recycling, trash or alley containers
    DO NOT place the tree in bags
    DO remove tree stands, nails, ornaments, garland, lights, etc.
     Christmas Tree Drop Off Sites - Map (PDF) . Christmas tree drop off sites are available throughout the City December 26 through January 11, and one is likely near you. Follow us on social media to get more holiday tips and timely updates.

    NEIGHBORHOOD DROP-OFF SITES - December 26, 2017, through January 11, 2019

    CURBSIDE COLLECTION* - Dec. 26, 2017 through Jan. 11, 2019
    Available to Chandler residents paying for City-provided solid waste services
    Place tree at edge of driveway (not in the street) before 6 a.m. on your scheduled recycling collection day.  A separate collection truck will collect trees.
    • DO NOT block sidewalk for pedestrian use
    • DO NOT place the tree in street or alley ways
    • DO NOT place tree in a recycling, trash or alley containers
    • DO NOT place tree in bags
    • DO remove tree stands, nails, ornaments, garland, lights, etc.
    DONATING LIVE POTTED TREES
    Live potted Christmas trees can be donated for replanting at City parks by calling 480-782-2752.
  • Gilbert, AZ - Gilbert is offering the following drop-off locations from Wednesday, December 26 until Sunday, January 20, 2019 for residents to recycle their Christmas trees, unbagged and free of all decorations and tree stands:
    Hetchler Park (Gilbert Soccer Complex), 4260 S. Greenfield Road, Gilbert, AZ 85297. Hours: Monday to Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Nichols Park, 700 N. Higley Road, Gilbert, AZ 85234. Hours: Monday to Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    A to Z Rentals, 1313 E. Baseline Road, Gilbert, AZ 85233. Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed December 25, 31st, and January 1, 2019.
    Please note that wreaths, snow-flocked trees and artificial trees are not accepted. Drop-off locations are for Gilbert resident use only.
  • Glendale, AZ - The Solid Waste Department has established drop-off sites for residents to bring trees for recycling from December 26 to January 9, 2019. Please remove all stands, ornaments, tinsel and decorations before dropping off your tree.
    Tree drop locations include:
    Acoma Park, 53rd Avenue and Acoma Road
    Fire Station No. 156, 6801 W. Deer Valley Road, Glendale
    Glendale Heroes Park, 83rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road
    Foothills Park, 57th Avenue and Union Hills Drive
    Sahuaro Ranch Park, 9802 N. 59th Avenue, Glendale
    O'Neill Park, 64th Avenue and Missouri Avenue
    Rose Lane Park, 51st Avenue and Marlette Avenue
    Curbside Collection: Also, you can leave your tree out for the monthly Bulk Trash collection scheduled for your area. Visit http://www.glendaleaz.com/sanitation/bulktrash.cfm  for the schedule.
    More information, call: 623-930-2660
  • Goodyear, AZ - Curbside: residents can place trees at the curb as part of the city's monthly bulk collection day. Please remove all decorations, tree stands and lighting. Trees are chipped and used for mulch and ground cover for a local farm. Please call Goodyear Environmental Services at 623-932-3010 or visit goodyearaz.gov/trash for more information.
    Residents can also drop off trees from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at one of the A to Z Equipment Rentals and Sales locations (see their website)
    For the 24nd consecutive year, A to Z is providing Christmas tree recycling to the communities we serve - FREE of charge.  (The City of Phoenix will also accept trees at various parks as well; check the City's website for details). Trees can be brought to any of our four locations from Wednesday, December 26 through Saturday, January 5, Monday through Saturday. We're closed Sundays. Trees will be accepted from 9 pm to
    4 pm each day. Only 1 tree per family will be accepted. Decorations and tree stands must be removed.
    803 E. Van Buren Street, southeast corner of Dysart and Van Buren Street
    1313 E. Baseline Road, Gilbert
    15634 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix
    4050 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.
  • Litchfield, AZ - Christmas Tree Recycling - Since the City does not provide curbside pick-up for Christmas trees, residents may drop off their live Christmas trees for recycling beginning December 26 through Monday at begining of the second week in Januarey (usually that's January 6, 7 or 8th). Remove all ornaments, garland and icicles from the tree. Do not put the tree in a plastic bag. Potted trees will not be accepted. The drop-off site will be located just east of Litchfield Park's City Hall, 214 W. Wigwam Boulevard. Signage will mark the designated area. If you have questions, contact Public Works at 623-935-1066.
  • Mesa, AZ -  Collected trees are taken to the Salt River Landfill and chipped into nutrient rich mulch and composting products. Benefits from recycling these trees include extending the life of the landfill and reusing natural and limited resources. Please remember to remove all nails, tree stands, lights and decorations. These items damage the grinding equipment. Also, wreaths, snow flocked trees and artificial trees cannot be recycled. Small items can be placed in the black barrel and a bulk item pickup can be requested for larger items.
    There are a number of options available - click the links for details, dates, times, and locations:
    Drop-off Collection Sites
    The following Christmas tree collection sites will be open 24/7, December 26th through January 20, 2019:
    East Mesa Service Center, 6935 E. Decatur St.
    Fitch Park, 651 N. Center St. (enter off of 8th St.)
    Superstition Springs Police Station, 2430 S. Ellsworth Rd.
    Mountain View Park, 845 N. Lindsay Rd. (enter off of Adobe St.)
    Dobson Ranch Park, 2363 S. Dobson Rd.
    ***Drop-off collection sites are for residential use only. Tree lot vendors are prohibited. Vendors are asked to call (480) 644-6789 for recycling options.
    Green Waste Barrel Program - Residents participating in the Green Waste Barrel Program may place their trees inside their green barrel. To ensure collection, the tree must fit completely inside the container with the lid properly closed.
    Curbside Pick-up - Curbside Pick-up
    Curbside pickup of your Christmas tree is available in 2019 for $23.04. Simply call (480) 644-6789 for more details or to schedule a pickup time. (Unfortunately due to the collection process, trees collected through this curbside option will not be recycled.)
    Salt River Landfill - Christmas trees may be taken directly to the Salt River Landfill with a current Arizona driver's license anytime Monday through Saturday between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the month of January. The Salt River Landfill is located at Gilbert Road and the Beeline Highway. There is no charge for recycling your tree but a disposal fee will apply if disposing of other materials during the same visit.
    Live Christmas Tree Donation Program - The City of Mesa also accepts the donation of live potted Christmas trees, five feet or taller, for planting at City parks.
  • Peoria, Arizona - Remember to remove tree stands, decorations, hooks, and lights. Artificial trees will not be accepted. Please do not drop off your tree at city parks, vacant lots, or leave trees on the curbside.
    Live trees will be accepted at the locations below from December 26, 2018 to January 2, 2019.
    Peoria Sports Complex - 16101 N. 83rd Ave (entrance off Paradise Lane)
    Wal-Mart - 7975 W. Peoria Ave.
    Wal-Mart - 21655 N. Lake Pleasant Pkwy.
    Sunrise Mountain Library - 21109 N. 98th Ave (west side of parking lot)
    Home Depot - 9201 W. Peoria Ave.
    Home Depot - 25650 N. Lake Pleasant Rd.
    Lowe's - 8947 W. Thunderbird Rd.
    Lowe's - 25311 N. Lake Pleasant Rd.
  • Phoenix, AZ - The Public Works Department offers Phoenix residents a green way to take down their Christmas trees and wreaths. Trees or wreaths may be dropped off for recycling at any of the participating Phoenix parks anytime between December 26 and Sunday, January 6, 2019.. Drop Off Locations
    North Phoenix
    Deer Valley Park - 19th Ave. and Utopia Rd.
    Paradise Valley Park - 40th St. south of Union Hills Dr.
    Sereno Park - 56th St. and Sweetwater Ave.
    Cactus Park - 38th Ave. and Cactus Rd.
    Mountain View Park - Seventh Ave. south of Peoria Ave.
    North Gateway Transfer Station - 30205 N. Black Canyon Hwy. (Dixileta exit)
    Central Phoenix
    Marivue Park - 59th Ave. and Osborn Rd.
    Washington Park - 23rd Ave. and Maryland Ave.
    Madison Park - 16th St. and Glenrosa Ave.
    Los Olivos Park - 28th St. and Devonshire Ave.
    Desert West Park - 67th Ave. and Encanto Blvd.
    South Phoenix
    El Reposo Park - Seventh St. and Alta Vista Rd.
    Mountain Vista Park - 50th St. just north of Ray Rd.
    Desert Foothills Park - Desert Foothills and Chandler Blvd.
    Cesar Chavez Park - 35th Ave. and Baseline Rd.
    27th Avenue Transfer Station - 3060 S. 27th Ave.
    Other Locations, Dates and Times
    Phoenix Residents may bring their Christmas trees to A to Z Equipment Rentals and Sales locations during these dates:
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Wednesday, Dec. 26 to Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019.
    Open until noon on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31
    Closed on New Year's Day, Tuesday, Jan. 1
    * Trees accepted at no charge, but only one tree per household. Trees must be free from decorations and tree stands. A to Z Equipment Rentals locations:
    4050 E. Indian School Rd.
    15634 N. 32nd St.
    I Recycle Phoenix Festival
    Residents also can drop off their trees to be recycled at the "I Recycle Phoenix" festival from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at Christown-Spectrum Mall, 1703 W. Bethany Home Road, behind the Walmart. For more information on this event,
    visit Keep Phoenix Beautiful's webpage or call 602-262-4820.
     Click here for the complete list of locations. and much more information .
  • Prescott, AZ - The City of Prescott Solid Waste Division will pass through each City neighborhood one time only, the week of January 7th, through January 11, 2019. Please have trees curbside by 6 a.m. on your normal collection day and cleared of all decorations and stands. Please do not bag trees. City of Prescott residential solid waste customers may also dispose of their live Christmas trees at the Transfer Station for free anytime after Christmas Day through Saturday January 19, 2019. No plastic trees will be picked up during this collection. For information, please call 928-777-1116.
  • Queen Creen, Arizona - Queen Creek has Two Free Recycling Events for Christmas Trees, Electronics and Paint. Safely dispose of your Christmas tree, electronics and paint at the Town's free recycling drop-off events on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019 and Saturday, Jan. 12 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Town's Field Operations Facility located at 19715 S. 220th Street (located on 220th Street, north of Queen Creek Road). The following items will be accepted:
    Christmas trees: remove all decorations
    Electronics: computers and computer keyboards, monitors, hard drives, power cords, televisions, VCRs, etc.
    Appliances: refrigerators, dishwashers, stoves, washers and dryers
    Paint: latex or water-based in original containers with closed lid (containers cannot exceed five gallons)
  • Scottsdale, Arizona - CHRISTMAS TREE ROUND-UP. The City is offering two ways for you to dispose of your unwanted live Christmas trees or wreaths.
    Option #1:
    Beginning Saturday, Jan. 5th and ending Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019​. Dropping them off at 1 of the 3 following locations:
    Eldorado Park (77th Street and McDowell Road - in the parking lot east of the soccer fields.)
    Scottsdale Ranch Park (104th Street and Via Linda - in the parking lot west of the basketball courts.)
    Thompson Peak Park (Thompson Peak Parkway and Hayden Road - in the north east parking lot.)
    City of Scottsdale will provide roll-off containers that are yellow in color and labeled for your disposal convenience.
    Option #2:
    Single-family home residents can place Christmas trees in your green waste pile, separate from your bulk trash, for collection in your scheduled Brush/Bulk service week.
    Please no artificial trees! Remove all stands, lights and ornaments.
    For more information, phone 480-312-5600.
  • Surprise, Arizona - The City of Surprise offers several Christmas Tree disposal sites. The drop-off period runs December 26, 2018 to January 10, 2019. Please remove all decorations and place trees in designated areas only. Limit - two trees per household. Drop-off locations:
    Gaines Park 15837 N. Nash Street (north end of the parking lot)
    Surprise Recreation Campus/ Youth Baseball Complex 15795 N. Parkview Place (across from Valley Vista High School)
    Dick McComb Softball Park 17894 Westpark Blvd (parking lot on corner of 180th Ave & Westpark)
    Asante Community Park 16763 W Vereda Solana Dr
  • Tempe, AZ - Keep your holiday tree out of the landfill! Drop it off at the Compost Yard or Kiwanis Park Recreation Center instead so it can be recycled.
    Compost Yard, North Rio Road Tempe, AZ 85281 (Intersection of Hardy Drive and Rio Salado Parkway)
    Kiwanis Park Recreation Center, 6111 W. All-America Way (parking lot on west side)
    Trees can be dropped off, after Christmas Day, 24 hours a day, seven days a week through January 31, 2019. Please remove tree stands and nails, ornaments, lights, garland, and tinsel so the tree can be composted. Please do not place trees in garbage containers. This takes the space needed for household garbage and creates spillage when the containers are emptied.
    If you are unable to drop off your tree, you can recycle it in your green organics pile. Check your Tempe AZ Bulk Trash and Green Organics Schedule here. Please make sure you follow the program guidelines and keep the tree in your yard until the weekend before your scheduled collection.
    For more information call Tempe 311 at 480-350-4311.
  • Tucson, Arizona - TreeCycle - Starting  December 26, 2018 and continues through Monday, January 14, 2019. TreeCycle collection sites are located throughout Tucson and Oro Valley (see list of TreeCycle sites below).. The city does not collect Christmas trees from curbs and alleys. Residents must bring their trees to one of the free program's 12 drop- off locations. Additionally, from January 2 through January 14, 2019, the City of Tucson will have wood chips from shredded Christmas trees available for pick-up at the Los Reales Landfill. Bring your own container and take home some free Merry Mulch for your garden. The chips help soil to retain moisture.
    The following TreeCycle sites are open during daylight hours; please check the schedule for each site. (Most are open seven days a week.) Other green waste cannot be accepted at TreeCycle sites. Commercial tree lot overages are not accepted at TreeCycle sites, except for Los Reales Landfill at posted landfill rates.
    Questions? Call the Recycling InfoLine at 791-5000 or visit the ES website at www.tucsonaz.gov/treecycle