Where and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Hillsborough County Florida after Christmas
2022 and in January 2023
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!
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Hillsborough County Florida: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays January 2023
- Hillsborough County -
Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
Pickup at the Curb - Curbside pickup of live Christmas trees
available to County solid waste customers by following these
Remove all decorations, lights, and tinsel;
tree into sections no larger than 4 feet long and 6 inches in
Place curbside on your regular yard waste
Or Drop it Off:
Hillsborough County solid
waste customers can skip the hassle and work of cutting their
live Christmas trees into smaller pieces for curbside pickup by
taking trees directly to one of the following Yard Waste
346 Falkenburg Road in Tampa
U.S. 41 in Gibsonton
8001 W. Linebaugh Ave. in Tampa
County's three yard waste sites are open Monday through Saturday
from 7:30 am until 5 pm, with the exception of holidays. The
sites will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Customers are required to have a photo I.D. and their current
property tax bill showing the Hillsborough County Solid Waste
Disposal Assessment to access the Yard Waste Processing
Facilities, and they must 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. For any questions about taking trees to a Yard
Waste Processing Facility, call Hillsborough County Solid Waste
at (813) 272-5680. Non-county residential solid waste customers
can dispose of Christmas trees and other yard waste at a
Hillsborough County Yard Waste Processing Facility by paying a
Pinellas County - Click here for details
depends which city or town you are in.
Sarasota County -
locations, updated information and more details.
- Tampa - Christmas Day
Holiday Collection Schedule
Click here for locations: Locations, updated information and more details.
The City of Tampa Department of Solid Waste & Environmental Program Management offers free removal, pick up and recycling of your Christmas
tree Christmas Tree Collection Service will occur on
Monday, December 31st through the second Friday in January.
order to receive service, residents must
- remove all decorations and lights,
- cut tree limbs to four feet lengths,
- bundle the
cut pieces, and
- place curbside on their regularly scheduled yard waste collection day.
Your pick-up day will be the
regularly-scheduled yard waste collection day(s). Areas without yard waste recycling service, will have trees picked up on the first Thursday
and Friday of January
Drop off your tree after the second week in January
You can deliver your tree to the Manhattan
Brush site, or at the McKay Bay Waste-to-Energy Facility. Hours are 8 am to 5:30 pm Monday to Saturday and 8 am to noon Sunday. Trees will be
ground up and used as mulch. Residents are asked to remove all decorations and lights, cut trees limbs to four feet lengths, bundle, and place
at curbside on their regularly scheduled yard-waste collection day.
For additional questions or concerns, please call the City of Tampa
Utilities Consolidated Call Center at (813) 274-8811, or visit the website at
NOTE: New Tampa residents are encouraged to contact Hillsborough County Solid Waste Management at
(813) 272-5680 for their holiday collection schedule.
additional information, please contact: Ashley Bauman, Public Affairs Director, (813) 274-8262.