How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas TreesWhere and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in New Mexico in after Christmas in 2018 and January 2019

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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See our easy recipes to make a Chocolate Yule log and click here to make your own low-fat, low calorie but delicious Egg Nog ! Then come back to our other website in March to find a local Easter Egg Hunt for your children !

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

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Residential customers can drop off Christmas trees and holiday lights for FREE recycling! Trees and lights may be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 2  through Sunday, January 13, 2019 at:
    Trees may be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.,  Please remove all bags, tree stands, decorations and lights from trees before dropping off to be mulched. Limit 5 trees per resident, no commercial customers.
    - Montessa Park Convenience Center, 3512 Los Picaros SE, (505) 873-6607
    - Eagle Rock Convenience Center, 6301 Eagle Rock NE, (505) 857-8318
    - Ladera Golf Course, Coors and Ladera NW, (505) 836-4449
    No artificial trees will be accepted. PNM Vegetation Management crews and Parks and Recreation staff will grind trees into chips, which can then be used as mulch to provide a better growing environment for plants and landscapes. Residents can pick up the freshly ground wood chips for use in their home landscapes free of charge while supplies last. Limit 5 trees per resident, no commercial customers. By recycling your Christmas tree, you are saving valuable landfill space and giving back to the environment.
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico
    FREE CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING AT BURRT - The Buckman Road Recycling and Transfer Station (BuRRT) will accept Christmas trees from Santa Fe residents for free until January 31. Trees must be free from all lights, decorations, ornaments, tinsels, wires, stands and flocked with artificial snow. Trees must be tied down and secured properly during transport. BuRRT's operating hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. seven days a week. Trees will be recycled into mulch or compost. Mulch is available at BuRRT for free throughout the year for anyone loading it themselves. Residents should consider donating unwanted lights, decorations and ornaments in good condition to a thrift store as they do not belong in your curbside recycling cart.
    For more information, please call 424-1850 or visit the Agency's website at

    The city will be accepting Christmas trees for mulching free of charge starting on December 26 and continuing until January 21, all residents in the City of Santa Fe can drop off their un-flocked and de-ornamented tree at the following locations:
    Recycling drop-off
    - All County Convenience Centers except Rancho Viejo  Accepting trees thru January 21, 2018
    - City of Santa Fe Environmental Services Division - ESD  - Recycle your real Christmas tree by dropping it off at Franklin Miles Park (corner of Camino Carlos Rey & Siringo Rd.) until February 2,.
    - PLEASE NOTE: NO CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING AT PAYNE'S NORTH OR SOUTH THIS YEAR! Per the City of Santa Fe, there will be NO Christmas Tree Drop-Off at Payne's North or South this year!
    Make sure that all ornaments and lights are removed from the tree. Flocked trees are not accepted because it will contaminate the mulch used for landscaping, erosion control, and composting. Mulch will be available on a first come, first served basis.
    Disposing of a real or artificial Christmas tree:
    Do not place an artificial or real tree into a City recycling cart! You can place an artificial or real tree in your trash cart. Make sure that the cart lid closes. If it sticks out, ESD trucks cannot pick up your cart. If the tree is too big to fit into a City trash cart, call ESD at 955-2200 and arrange for a large item pickup. ESD customer service will schedule a collection and provide the current charge information. Trees placed curbside without being scheduled will not be collected.
    NOTE: Do NOT drop trees off at local nursery locations. They will NOT accept them
    For more information, visit their website or call: Environmental Services at 505-955-2200 or Santa Fe Solid Waste Management Agency - 505-424-1850

    Christmas Light Recycling in Sante Fe  (aka, "holiday lights" recycling)
    Residents and businesses in the City and County of Santa Fe can recycle their broken or unwanted Christmas lights for FREE. Rather than tossing in your trash, these lights can be stripped for their valuable metals and recycled, keeping them out of our landfill. All types of string lights are accepted, including icicles and LEDs. The bulbs are okay to leave on. You can drop them off for no charge at any of the following locations:
    Buckman Road Recycling & Transfer Station (BuRRT), 2600 Buckman Road, Santa Fe.
    Capital Scrap Metal - will pay $0.80 per pound, 1162 Cooks Lane, Santa Fe.
    City of Santa Fe, Environmental Services Division, 1142 Siler Road, Santa Fe.
    County Transfer Stations - All transfer stations are accepting lights.