How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas TreesWhere and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Texas in January 2018

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

  • Arlington, TX - Residents and businesses are encouraged to recycle Christmas trees by taking them to two free drop-off locations from December 26 through January 12th:
    South Arlington:
    Calloway's Nursery, 4940 S. Cooper St., from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Phone: 817-465-2838.
    Christmas trees should be loaded into one of the containers on the north side of the building during business hours only.
    North Arlington
    Arlington Sanitary Landfill, 800 Mosier Valley Road, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Monday through Saturday. Phone: 817-354-2300.
    Before you recycle your Christmas tree: Remove lights, ornaments and tree stands, including wooden stands and nails. Do not place the tree in a plastic bag. Flocked trees are acceptable for recycling.
    Trees placed curbside will be collected for trash. Trees taller than 6 feet must be cut in half for trash pick-up.  Please do not take Christmas trees to the leaf recycling drop-off sites. Free mulch from the trees will be available to residents at the landfill in the spring for gardens and landscapes. For questions about Christmas tree recycling, call 817-459-6777.
  • Austin - Click here for locations, updated information and more details. City of Austin curbside customers can recycle their trees by leaving them at the curb on their regular collection day. All other residents can drop trees off at Zilker Park, the first two weekends in January. Please remove all decorations from tree. Trees will be composted into Dillo Dirt(TM).
    Curbside Collections
    City of Austin curbside customers can recycle their trees at the curb! Please remove all decorations from tree. Please set out your tree by 6:30 a.m. on your regular collection day and remove all decorations and stands from the tree. Trees over 6 feet should be cut in half. Do not place tree in a plastic bag.
    Zilker Park Drop-Off: Not a City of Austin curbside customer? No problem! All residents can drop off their trees (decorations and stands removed) for recycling at Zilker Park between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates:
    Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016
    Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016
    Saturday, Jan. 9,2016
    Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016
    Trees collected will be turned into mulch and will be available for free on a first-come, first-served basis to Austin residents starting Wednesday, January 20. Please plan on bringing your own tools and storage containers for loading and transporting the mulch.
    Commercial Drop-Off: Commercial vendors can drop off their unsold trees at Zilker Park on Friday, Jan. 4 from 12p.m. to 4p.m. at Zilker Park. Please bring staff to unload trees and remove all items, including tree wrap from the tree.
    Alternatively, residents can drop off their tree for recycling at the following locations:
    Del Valle Softball Complex - Behind the Southwest Rural Center, 3614 FM 973, Del Valle, TX 78617
    RM 620 Low Water Crossing - Before Mansfield Dam, beneath the RM 620 bridge.
    Organics "By Gosh", 13602 FM 969, Austin, TX 78724.
    For more information, call 512-276-1211.
  • Beaumont, TX - Recycle Your Christmas Tree - Citizens can drop off their live Christmas tree for recycling at three city parks through Jan. 8. Beginning Thursday, December 26, Beaumont residents can drop off their live Christmas trees at one of three city parks:
    Magnolia Park, 2855 Magnolia Ave.
    Rogers Park, 1455 Dowlen Road
    Sprott Park, 4325 Usan St.
    The drop-off service is available through Friday, Jan. 8. Trees should be free of all decorations and stands. Trees also can be placed on the curb, and will be picked up during regular collection days. Commercial drop-off is not permitted. Christmas trees - along with other collected yard waste - is converted into mulch. Citizens are welcome to collect free much every Saturday between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the city's landfill, located at 4955 Laffin Road in Beaumont.
  • Dallas - Recycle your Christmas tree at your neighborhood Home Depot Store. Click here for locations, updated information and more details. Tree Recycling will be available December 26 to January 7. Remove all tinsel, ornaments, lights, nails and tree stands before dropping off your tree. Call 311 if you need additional information.
    Home Depot, 11255 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218
    Home Depot, 11468 Grissom Lane, Dallas, Texas 75229
    Home Depot, 6110 Lemmon Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75209
    Home Depot, 6000 Skillman, Dallas, Texas 75231
    Home Depot, 2610 Fort Worth Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75211
    Home Depot, 2901 W. Wheatland Road, Dallas, Texas 75237
    Home Depot, 11682 Forest Central Drive, Dallas, Texas 75243.
  • El Paso, TX - Take your Christmas trees to any of the locations below to be recycled into mulch at not charge! Locations are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, closed on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.  For more information, 621-6700.
    South El Paso - 4200 Delta
    Westside - 121 Atlantic
    Eastside - 1034 Pendale
    Central - 2492 Harrison
    Northeast -4501 Hondo Pass
  • Fort Worth, TX - Live Christmas trees can be disposed of as part of the normal weekly yard waste pickup, or you can take it to a city drop-off station . Trees must be less than eight feet long; cut trees in two pieces if necessary. Be sure to take all your decorations, lights and tree stands off of the tree, and do not put the tree in a plastic bag. Flocked trees are accepted; artificial trees are not accepted for yard waste collection.All the trees collected in Fort Worth are recycled into mulch . Dropp off stations:
    Brennan Drop-off Station, 2400 Brennan Ave.
    Southeast Drop-off Station, 5150 Martin Luther King Freeway
    Old Hemphill Road Drop-off Station, 6260 Old Hemphill Road
    Hours: Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Sunday.
    Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Stations close at 5 p.m. the day before holidays. Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
  • Grapevine, TX - There is very little useful informationm omn their website about the details, yuou'll need to check their website and/or call in early January - Phone 817-410-3330. Here's what was on their website from last year: Christmas Tree & Clean Brush Curbside Recycling Day plus Other Christmas Recycling Opportunities! Wrapping Paper: Use reusable gift bags or re-use gift wrapping when possible. Tearable/non-mylar wrapping paper may be recycled.
    Packing materials: Use shredded paper when possible. Reuse Styrofoam or recycle clean, white Styrofoam at any City recycling event or it may be taken to Foam Fabricators (900 Keller Pkwy, Ste. 101, Keller, TX 76248 (817) 379-6520).
    Christmas Lights: Old or damaged Christmas lights may be recycled at the Electronics Recycling Container in the Animal Shelter parking lot (502 Shady Brook Drive). Please contact the City's Environmental Services Division (817-410-3330) with any questions you might have regarding recycling this holiday season!
  • Houston, TX Click here for locations, updated information and more details. Residents can recycle their trees by dropping them off at one of eighteen (18) free, drop-off, recycling sites located throughout Houston. The program runs from December 26th, to January 6th. All facilities are closed January 1, 2013. In addition to the drop-off locations, residents with City of Houston collection may place their tree curbside on their scheduled tree waste day and it will be recycled. Trees that are collected for recycling will be ground into mulch that is available in bulk directly from Living Earth or available in bags at Houston retailers. The trees must have all decorations, ornaments, tinsel, lights and stands removed. Flocked trees cannot be recycled.
  • Lubbock, TX - Click here for locations, updated information and more details. Christmas Tree Recycling - Beginning, December 26th, the Solid Waste Services department will offer residents fresh cut Christmas tree Drop-off Recycling at the 2 permanent drop-off locations. Residents need to remove all decorations, metal stand, and any plastic before placing the fresh-cut Christmas tree in the roll-off located outside the gates at the 208 Municipal Drive and 1631 84th Street drop-off locations. After January 15th and throughout the month of January, the roll-offs will be located inside the gates and residents can drop-off fresh-cut Christmas trees from 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
  • Pearland, TX -  There are 2 ways to recycle yopur Christmas tree; Both options require removing all lights, flocking and decorations from your tree.
    Option 1 - Donate your tree to the Brazoria County Dunes Project.
    December 26 through January 11, 2015 (closed January 1)
    Stella Roberts Recycling Center located at 5800 Magnolia St.
    Monday through Friday at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or
    Brazoria County Precinct 2 Work Yard located at 7315 Corporate Drive, Manvel, Texas
    Monday through Thursday at 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    For more information about the dunes project call 979.864.1541 ext.7
    Option 2 - Residents can also dispose of Christmas trees by placing them curbside on your regularly scheduled green waste and recycling collection days (second trash day of the week).
  • Plano, Texas - From December 26th through the first Sunday in January,  drop off stripped trees at one of the following locations:
    Carpenter Park, 6701 Colt Road, Plano, TX 75024.
    Old Shepherd Place Park, 1301 Winding Hollow Lane, , Plano, TX 75093.
    Russell Creek Park, 3500 McDermont Rd, Plano, TX 750
    Schell Park, 2100 Laurel Lane, Plano, TX 75074.
    Call 972-769-4150 for more information.
  • San Antonio, Texas - Recycle your Christmas Tree! The City of San Antonio provides sites throughout the City for residents to drop off their Christmas trees to be recycled into nutrient-rich mulch.  Event details and list of drop-off locations: EnglishSpanish . And  Click here for locations, updated information and more details. And Texas Disposal Systems and Garden-Ville will also take Clean Christmas trees , holly, pumpkins and other living
    decorations will be accepted FREE OF CHARGE from December 26th to January 1st.
    All items must be free of lights, ornaments, metal, flocking, and other
    non-living contaminants.
    3606 FM 1327, Creedmoor, TX 78610 - 7am-dusk Mon-Sat
    4001 RR 620 S., Bee Cave, TX 78738 - 8am-5pm Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm Sat
    250 WL Walden Rd., Georgetown, TX 78626 - 8am-5pm Mon-Sat
    7561 E. Evans Rd, San Antonio, TX 78266 -
    7am-5pm Mon-Fri, 7am-4pm Sat, 10am-3pm Sun
    11601 Starcrest Dr., San Antonio, TX 78247 -
    7am-5pm Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm Sat
    18125 FM 1686, Victoria, TX 77905 - 8am-6pm Mon-Sat
  • Tyler, Texas - Each year on the day following Christmas until the second Sunday of January, the City of Tyler Solid Waste Department and Keep Tyler Beautiful provides two locations for Christmas tree recycling. Residents can drop off their undecorated, non-flocked natural Christmas trees in designated areas at Golden Road Park and Fun Forest Park in Tyler. Golden Road Park is located at the intersection of McDonald Road and Golden Road. Fun Forest Park is located in the 900 block of North Glenwood Boulevard. All lights, ornaments, garland and tinsel should be removed from the Christmas tree before dropping it off near the sign that says "Christmas Tree Recycling." The trees at the parks are available for area fishermen to pick up and sink in nearby lakes to create fish habitats. Small fish eat the aquatic insects that find a home in the tree branches. The fish also use the trees as a hiding place. As a result, the fishing is improved around the "recycled trees" because more fish congregate in these areas.  Christmas trees will also be picked up at the curb for disposal at the landfill. Only non-flocked natural trees deposited at Fun Forest Park and Golden Road Park will be recycled. Flocking and tinsel may be hazardous to the fish and waterfowl. Flocking may also contribute to water pollution.
  • Waco, TX - Keep Waco Beautiful will host its annual "Chipping of the Green" Christmas tree recycling event, Saturday, January 9th at Paul Tyson Field Parking lot, on Lake Air Drive (just past the horse barn area of the Coliseum), from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. After the holidays, load up your Christmas tree, bring it to be recycled, and receive a bag of wonderfully scented tree mulch plus a native Texas sapling. Mulching your tree is a wonderful way to end your holiday season and planting a native tree sapling is a great beginning to the New Year! For questions, call Keep Waco Beautiful at 750-5728 or email Sherri Street at: .  And  Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
  • Williamson County, TX - Rsidents can recycle Christmas trees at the Williamson County Landfill & Recycling Center. The landfill is located at 600 Landfill Road, between Highway 79 and Highway 29.