Scroll down this page for local New Mexico recycling and responsible disposal options for holiday waste, from Christmas trees and wreathes, to lights, ornaments, wrapping and packaging. Many towns and cities offer curbside collection, even for Christmas trees. Counties and unicorporated areas typically have a number or drop-off locations.
Christmas trees are usually colllected from December 26th through
the first 2 or 3 weeks in January. Whether your tree is picked up from
your curb, or you drop it off, 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
occasionally accepted (call to verify), 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
curbside garbage hauler.
The trees and wreathes are usually chipped and made into a mulch
which is ofteny made available, free to city or county residents.
Ornaments and light strings are usually placed into your
curbside collection bin. Some localities have year-round
collection centers. The same is true of wrapping paper and boxes.
Always follow the links (usually the blue, underlined 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.
If your area is not specifically mentioned below, call your trash collection
agency and ask!
New Mexico: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays January 2022
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 am and 5 pm, Monday, December 28 through Sunday, January 9, 2022.:
Trees may be dropped off between 8 am and
5 pm, 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.
Trees may be dropped off at the following locations:
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.
- Eagle Rock Convenience Center
6301 Eagle Rock NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
505-761-8167 or dial 311
- Montessa Park Convenience Center,
3512 Los Picaros
Phone: (505) 873-6607
- Ladera Golf Course,
Coors and Ladera NW,
Phone: (505) 836-4449
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Free Drop-offs, No Collections - Christmas Tree Recycling Options. Residents of Santa Fe have two temporary options for recycling Christmas
trees free of charge. There will be no curbside collections of Christmas trees. Recycle your real Christmas tree by dropping it off at Franklin
Miles Park or the Buckman Road Recycling & Transfer Station! Recycling Christmas trees into mulch provides woody material that can help to make
Santa Fe's soils healthy, increase water retention and provide nutrients for plants. For more information, please call 424-1850 or visit the
Agency's website at
Recycling a real Christmas tree:
Make sure that all lights, ornaments, flocking and decorations on the tree are removed before recycling. No
stands. Trees can be brought to the following locations for FREE:
Mixed loads containing trash or other green waste and a tree will be charged appropriate fees.
- Franklin Miles Park
during the first 2 full weeks of January (up to Friday of the second week)
1027 Camino Carlos Rey (at Siringo Road)
Park hours: 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
information call Jessie Esparza at (505) 955-2106.
- Buckman Road Recycling & Transfer Station
from December 26 to January 23, 2022.
Trees must be free from all lights, decorations, ornaments,
tinsels, wires, stands, and 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.
Mulch is available most times for free. Call to
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.
Make sure the cart lid closes. If it sticks out, ESD trucks can't pick up your cart.
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).
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 call Rosalie Cardenas at (505) 424-1850, ext. 150.
Recycle broken or burned-out holiday lights by mailing them to
Christmas Light Source Recycling Program, 1923 6th Ave., Ft. Worth, Texas 76110. The bulbs will be recycled, and proceeds will be used to purchase books
for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. You'll also get a coupon to save 10 percent on a future order of replacement
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