Disposing and Recycling Christmas Trees in Florida in 2014

Be sure to remove all ornaments, tinsel, lights, and other NON-Organic decorative materials. This includes tree stands also.

    • 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.
    • Jacksonville - Curbside pickup. Christmas trees should be free of decorations and the tree stand. Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
    • Lee County, Fort Myers and Bonita Springs - Curbside pickup. Christmas trees should be free of decorations and the tree stand. Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
    • 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 Trash and Recycling Center or Home 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. Remove all decorations and tinsel from your Christmas tree. Place the tree curbside on your regular yard waste day. If your tree is more than 6 feet tall, please cut it in half before placing it curbside. Because we recycle all yard waste, your tree will be recycled.
    • Palm Beach County 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.
    • Pensacola - Christmas Tree Recycling. 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 three drop off locations in town. The trees will be turned into mulch and used on the walking paths at Tallahassee parks. As an alternative for leaving the tree at the curb (or for customers living in an apartment complex), customers can take the tree to the locations listed below. Trees taken to the listed parks will be ground into mulch and used on the walking paths at City parks. You can drop off your tree until January 6th. The three locations are in Tallahassee:
      San Luis Park: 1313 San Luis Road, south of West Tharpe Street
      Tom Brown Park: 501 Easterwood Drive, across Easterwood Drive from the tennis courts
      Myers Park: 907 Myers Park Drive.
    • Tampa - Christmas Day Holiday Collection Schedule Click here for locations, updated information and more details. For residents whose services fall on Christmas Day, a make-up collection will take place on Wednesday, December 26, 2012. Normal residential collection schedule will resume on Thursday, December 27, 2012.
      Commercial services will run one day late through Saturday, December 29, 2012. McKay Bay Transfer Station/Scalehouse will run a modified schedule on Christmas Eve, closing at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, December 24, 2012. The facility will be closed on Christmas Day. Normal schedule will resume on Wednesday, December 26, 2012.
    • 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.