Where and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Florida in 2016
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.
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.
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 not specifically mentioned below, contact your trash collection agency and inquire!
- Broward County - Chip a tree program. Click the link at left for all park locations. The free program encourages Broward County residents to remove all decorations from their holiday trees (no decorated trees will be accepted), then bring the trees to a participating park, where they are chipped and used for landscaping throughout the county park system. There is a limit of two trees per vehicle, artificial trees are not accepted, and no commercial vehicles or garbage trucks are allowed. This season's program runs daily from Saturday, December 26, through Monday, January 18, 2016 (Martin Luther King Day), giving you plenty of time to take advantage of those after-the-holidays sales before hauling your tree to a park. And remember, the regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee will NOT be in effect for recyclers, so there's no excuse not to do the right thing. Hours vary; call the park of your choice for details.
- Citrus County - Single family residences with curbside collection service may place Christmas trees curbside on their regularly scheduled yard waste collection day and the tree will be collected free of charge. Trees must be free of all decorations including lights, tinsel, ornaments, etc. Do not wrap trees in plastic. Trees over six feet in length must be cut in half. Trees should be placed curbside before 6:00 a.m. on your yard waste collection day (but no earlier than 6:00 p.m. the evening prior). Multi-family complexes - those with dumpster and compactor service - contact your property management. Do not pleace trees in dumpsters or compactors. Christmas trees may also be taken to one of Collier County's Recycling Drop-off Centers at no charge.
- Davie, FL - Christmas Trees will be picked up at the curb from January 1 through 31. Please remove all ornaments, lights and tinsel from the tree before setting it out. Christmas trees that are left at the curb for pick-up will NOT be recycled. Please note that your tree may not be picked up on your regular scheduled garbage day, so just leave the tree curbside and it will get picked up during the week by another truck. There is no need to call for a tree pick up unless it does not get picked up in a week. Click here for information on the Broward County Chip-A-Tree Program.
- Delray Beach residents can drop their Christmas trees at the Barwick, Orchard View and Knowles parks.
Fort Lauderdale - offers
the eco-friendly options below (Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
1. Dispose of trees inside the green yard waste cart,
2. Leave trees out for bulk trash pick-up,
3. Take trees to one of the Broward County’s designated parks as part of the Chip-A-Tree Program, or
4. Take trees to one of Broward County’s three Trash Transfer Stations.
Yard Waste Cart Disposal: If trees are placed in the yard waste cart, they must be cut into pieces so the lid can close completely. To reduce collection and disposal costs, the City strongly encourages residents to recycle trees using the yard waste cart.
- Gainesville, FL - Christmas trees can be left at the curb for pickup, but 1) you must strip it clean of ornaments and tinsel, and 2) trees taller than 6 feet need to be cut in half. Curbside tree recycling will continue for the first three weeks in January. Those in the city without curbside trash pickup can take their tree to Wood Resource Recovery to be recycled. Call (352) 378-9133.
- Hillsborough County -
Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
Curbside pickup of live Christmas trees is available to County
solid waste customers by following these steps: Remove all
decorations, lights and tinsel; Cut the tree into sections no
larger than 4 feet long and 6 inches in diameter; Place curbside
on your next yard waste collection day. Hillsborough County
solid waste customers can take trees directly to a Yard Waste
Processing Facility. The sites are open Monday through Saturday
(with the exception of holidays, such as Christmas Day and New
Year's Day) from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Falkenburg Road/Resource Recovery Facility: 350 Falkenburg Road, Brandon. Phone: 813-744-5599.
- South County: 13001 U.S. Highway 41, Gibsonton. Phone: 813-671-7611.
- Northwest: 8001 W. Linebaugh Ave., Tampa. Phone: 813-264-3816.
Customers should bring their current tax bill and proper identification to access the Yard Waste Processing Facilities, and be able to unload the trees themselves. Customers should also remove all decorations, lights and tinsel. Artificial trees are not accepted at the yard waste sites. Non-County residential solid waste customers can dispose of yard waste by paying a tonnage fee. For more information about Hillsborough County solid waste collection and disposal services, call 813-272-5680.
Hollywood, FL - You may dispose of your Christmas tree
through your regularly scheduled commingled residential pickup, OR,
as a Hollywood resident, you may recycle your tree through Broward
County's free Chip-a-Tree recycling program. You may take your tree
to the following County parks located in Hollywood: Topeekeegee
Yungee Park, 3300 N. Park Road, Hollywood 33021, 954-357-8811;
West Lake Park, 1200 Sheridan Street, Hollywood 33019, 954-357-5161; From December 26 through January 18, you can bring up to two trees per vehicle. Artificial trees are not accepted and no commercial vehicles or garbage trucks are allowed to participate. The regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee will NOT be in effect for recyclers but hours vary, so call the park for details or visit the Broward County website.
- Curbside pickup. Christmas
trees should be free of decorations and the tree stand.For
residents who already have curbside recycling and yard waste
collection (single-family households through quad-plexes), it's
free and easy. Just set your unbagged tree out on your regularly
scheduled yard waste collection day. Make sure to remove the
tree stand, all decorations and ornaments, and no bags, please!
For residents who do not have curbside recycling and yard waste
collection (e.g., apartment and condominium-dwellers), trees can
be taken to a yard waste facility as listed below:
Old Kings Road Landfill, 8540 Old Kings Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32202. Phone: (904) 768-5363.
First Coast Mulch, 11864 Camden Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32218. Phone: (904) 751-6495.
- Lee County, Fort Myers and Bonita Springs - Curbside pickup. Christmas trees should be free of decorations and the tree stand.
- Miami - Dade -
Click here for locations, updated information and more details. Christmas tree recycling options Starting Dec. 26, residents who receive waste collection service from Miami-Dade
County can recycle their Christmas tree at a
and Recycling Center
Chemical Collection Center. The tree must be bare and removed of all ornaments and decorations. Residents can also cut their tree and place it in their green waste cart.
Residents who choose not to drop off their Christmas tree have
the following two options:
1. Cut the tree into smaller pieces and place it in your green waste cart for collection on any of your regularly scheduled waste collection days. The
tree must fit enti rely inside the waste cart. Trees placed next to the waste cart cannot be collected by the automated vehicle.
2. If you cannot cut your tree into pieces and place it in your green waste cart, the tree may be placed at the curbside by Monday, January 7, 2013,
and it will be picked up. Christmas trees placed at the curbside after this date will not be picked up and must either be dropped off or placed in the green waste cart for collecti on as described above.Christmas trees can also be placed curbside by Monday, Jan. 7. It will be picked up at a later date. Trees placed curbside after Jan. 7 will not be picked up. Free Christmas tree mulch will be available at six locations, starting in mid-January. Miami-Dade County can recycle their Christmas trees by taking them to one of the County’s 13 Trash and Recycling Centers or two Home Chemical Collecti on Centers listed below:
North Dade - 21500 N.W. 47 Ave.
Norwood - 19901 N.W. 7 Ave.
Palm Springs North - 7870 N.W. 178 St.
Golden Glades - 140 N.W. 160 St.
West Litt le River - 1830 N.W. 79 St.
Snapper Creek - 2200 S.W. 117 Ave.
Sunset Kendall - 8000 S.W. 107 Ave.
Chapman Field - 13600 S.W. 60 Ave.
Richmond Heights - 14050 Boggs Dr.
West Perrine - 16651 S.W. 107 Ave.
Eureka Drive - 9401 S.W. 184 St.
South Mia. Heights - 20800 S.W. 117 Ct.
Moody Drive - 12970 S.W. 268 St.
(Trash and Recycling Centers: open 7 days a week, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
West Dade - 8831 N.W. 58 Street South Dade - 23707 S.W. 97 Ave., Gate B
- Orlando - Click here for locations, updated information and more details. NATURAL CHRISTMAS TREES: Please remove all decorations and tinsel from the tree and place it curbside on your regular yard waste day before 6 a.m. If the tree is more than 6 feet tall, please cut it in half before placing it at the curbside. All natural trees are recycled at the landfill. ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREES: Artificial trees are considered a bulky item and cannot be recycled. To have a bulky item picked up, please place it curbside no later than 6 a.m. on your yard waste day. If you are unsure of your yard waste day, please visit and click the Orlando Information Locator to find the collection days for your address.
- Palm Beach County,
FL Residents can leave the
tree (decorations removed first), at the curb on regular trash pick-up
days. Trees picked up by garbage collectors are taken to the dump, where
the Solid Waste Authority mulches them and makes the mulch is available
to the public for free. If you want free mulch, bring your own
containers; you must also shovel it yourself. Christmas Tree Disposal
Right at Your Curb
If you live in unincorporated parts of Palm Beach County: Just as with any other yard waste, place your live Christmas tree curbside on your regular yard waste collection day. As a general rule, Christmas trees up to 8 feet long and weighing no more than 50 pounds can be placed at the curb whole. Trees larger than 8 feet long should be cut in half. Remember to remove all decorations, lights and tinsel before placing your Christmas tree at the curb. If you live in a multi-family community with dumpster service, Contact your home owner’s association or property management company directly for disposal procedures. And if you live in one of Palm Beach County’s 38 municipalities? Contact your municipality directly for their Christmas tree collection procedures. A list of municipal contacts can be found here. Tips for Other Items: Plastic bags and film (like wrap on water bottle cases) can be recycled at most local supermarkets in special bins. Loose and soiled bags and film go in the trash. Styrofoam food trays and egg cartons can be recycled at most local supermarkets in special bins. Oversized and large volumes of flattened cardboard boxes may be recycled at any of the Home Chemical and Recycling Centers or at one of more than 300 community drop offs.
Strings of holiday lights may be may be recycled at any of the Home Chemical and Recycling Centers.
Pre-lit and artificial trees should be discarded as trash. Holiday decorations and ornaments should be discarded as trash. Donate older/gently used clothing to a local nonprofit, church or woman’s shelter to be reused. Excess trash can be taken to the North County Landfill during regular hours, but there is a charge for disposal. Much more information is available on their website. Or, contact Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County Customer Service with your questions or comments at 561-697-2700, toll-free at 866-SWA-INFO (866-792-4636).
County - Every year the Recycling Department, Parks and
Recreation and some private businesses partner to offer Christmas
tree recycling drop offs to Pasco citizens. The trees are chipped
and used in our parks to mulch trails and planting beds. The drop
off runs from the day after Christmas until the day after the
Eucharist in January. There are generally 8-10 drop off sites
throughout the county. Please check back closer to Christmas for
drop off sites.
Christmas tree recycling sites. Questions or Concerns, Contact
the Recycling Office:
Central: (813) 235-6012
Westside: (727) 856-4539
Eastside: (352) 521-4285
- Pensacola - Christmas
Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
Residents of the City of Pensacola can leave their Christmas
trees at specific sites to be collected and transported to the
landfill where the trees will be ground into mulch. Please be
sure to remove all decorations and ornaments, as well as any
attached tree stands prior to drop off. Three (3) conveniently
located disposal sites (on the east, central and west side of
the city) have been designated by the city –owned Sanitation
Services of Pensacola. The sites are on:
East Side Site — The vacant area adjacent to No. 3 Fire Station located on Summit Boulevard.
Central Area Site — On Maxwell Street under Interstate 110.
West Side Site — Bill Gregory Park on North “W" Street near Navy Boulevard. (Behind the softball field, PLEASE.)
Trees may be dropped off at any time through January 31, 2013. This applies only to customers of Sanitation Services of Pensacola.
For more information, please call Sanitation Services of Pensacola at (850) 435-1890.
- Sarasota County - Click here for locations, updated information and more details. Christmas trees - picked up curbside on regularly scheduled yard waste day.
Tallahassee - You can either put the tree on the curb to
be collected and made into mulch, or you can drop the tree off at one of
drop off locations in town. The trees will be turned into mulch
and used on the walking paths at Tallahassee parks. Please remember to
remove all ornaments, garland, and any other decorations before placing
the tree at the curb or at one of our convenient drop off locations (see
below). Residents living in a house: Placing your Christmas tree at the
curb for pickup on your scheduled yard waste collection day or deliver
it to one of our convenient drop off locations (see below). Residents
living in an apartment complex: Most apartment complexes require
residents to drop off their used Christmas tree to one of our drop off
locations (see below). Check with your apartment complex management for
specific instructions. Drop Off Locations:
Dec. 26 - Jan. 6 , From dawn to dusk; Signs will be posted at each location to direct customers to the drop-off area in each of the parks listed below.
San Luis Park - San Luis Road, south of West Tharpe Street
Tom Brown Park - across Easterwood Drive from the tennis courts
Myers Park - 907 Myers Park Drive
Four Points by Sheraton Downtown - 316 West Tennessee Street
- Tampa - Christmas Day Holiday Collection Schedule Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
- West Palm Beach - Christmas trees are considered vegetative waste and will be picked up on regular yard waste pick up days. Click here for locations, updated information and more details.