Where and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in New Mexico in after Christmas in 2018 and January 2019
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
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
not specifically mentioned below, contact your trash collection agency and inquire!
See this page for local options to easily recycle your Christmas holiday lights
If it has just snowed; see
this page about how to make snocones from real snow!
Your kids will love it!
Click here for the list of winter sleigh ride locations!
See our easy recipes to
Chocolate Yule log
click here to make your own low-fat,
low calorie but delicious Egg Nog
! Then come back to our
other website in March to
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
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:
- 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,.
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!
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
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)
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
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