Scroll down this page for local Texas 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!
Texas: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays January 2022
- It is recommended that Residents recycle Christmas trees by taking
them to the mulching facility Center at the Arlington Landfill free
of charge. Christmas Tree recycling will be held from December 26th
through January 11th. The landfill is located at 800 Mosier Valley Road and
Collins Street about one mile north of Green Oaks Blvd. and is open
Monday through Saturday from 7 am until 4:30 pm, weather permitting.
Arlington residents may also drop off live Christmas trees to be
recycled at the Calloway's Nursery located at 4940 S. Cooper Street.
Christmas trees should be loaded into one of the containers on the
north side of the building during business hours only. Please do not
place next to containers. Please remove all ornaments, lights, tree
stands, and plastic bags. Flocked trees are acceptable.
have questions about the landfill, please call 817-354-2300. Free
mulch made from recycled Christmas trees and leaves collected
through the leaf drop off locations, will be available to Arlington
residents in the spring.
Please call the City's Action Center at
817-459-6777 for more information.
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. F
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).
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.
Curbside Collections (find your collection day)
Starting December 26th, 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 am 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
Zilker Park Drop-off
Not a City
of Austin curbside customer? No problem! All residents can drop off
their trees for recycling at Zilker Park. Trees with flocking
(artificial snow) are not accepted, please remember to remove all
decorations and stands. Drop off is between 10 am to 2 pm. on the
Sunday, January 2, 2022
Saturday, January 8, 2022
Sunday, January 9, 2022
will be turned into mulch and will be available for free on a
first-come, first-served basis beginning mid-January at 9 am (CALL BEFORE YOU GO!!Please
bring your own tools and storage containers for loading and
transporting the mulch.
There are also alternative Free Drop-Off
Tree will be accepted free of cost at the
locations listed below. However, a contamination fee will be added
to any trees with tags, decorations, and/or plastic remaining.
Texas Disposal Systems, TDS Landfill: 3016 FM 1327, Creedmoor, Texas
Texas Disposal Systems, Eco Depot: 4001 RR 620 South, Bee Cave,
Organics By Gosh, 13602 FM 969, Austin, TX 78724
Walker Aero Environmental (JV Dirt), 3600 FM 973 North
Austin, Texas 78725
Whittlesey Landscape Supplies, 3219 S IH 35
Round Rock, Texas 78664,
Whittlesey Landscape Supplies, 629
Dalton Lane, Austin, Texas 78742
Travis County Transfer Station,
2625 Woodall Dr. Leander, Texas 78641
Travis County Service
Center, 6013 Blue Bluff Rd Austin, Texas 78724
Del Valle Softball
Complex (Behind the Southwest Rural Center), 3614 FM 973 Del Valle,
And there are Drop-Off
Locations with a Fee -
See this page
- Beaumont, TX
- Recycle Your Christmas Tree - Citizens
can drop off their live Christmas tree for recycling at three city
parks Beginning December 26 through the second Friday in January, Beaumont
residents can drop off their live Christmas trees at one of three
Magnolia Park, 2855 Magnolia Ave.
1455 Dowlen Road
Sprott Park, 4325 Usan St.
service is available through the second Friday in January. 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 am and 1 pm at the
city's landfill, located at 4955 Laffin Road in Beaumont.
- Please remove all tinsel, ornaments, lights and rope before you
set out or drop off your tree. Note: A visitor tell sme that Home Depot is not taking
trees this year.
Residents can also put their tree out for
their regular brush / bulk pickup.
Christmas tree drop-off
Call the Dallas Zero Waste Hotline
at 214-670-4475 for drop-off times and more information.Bring your
real tree to the McCommas Bluff Landfill or the Northwest Transfer
Station through Tuesday, January 6 to be recycled.
Northwest Transfer Station: 9500 Harry
Hines Blvd, 75220
McCommas Bluff Landfill: 5100 Youngblood, Rd.
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 am to 4 pm. Tuesday
through Saturday, closed on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Citizen Collection Stations also accept household trash, bulky items, tires (without
rims), used electronics, and household hazardous waste. If residents are dropping off any of these items mentioned above, they will need to take a
recent water bill and an I.D. matching the name on the bill. No I.D. or recent water bill is needed to recycle live Christmas trees. Other Holiday
Recyclables Besides fresh trees, residents are also encouraged to recycle their cardboard gift boxes, wrapping paper, and holiday cards, all of
which are accepted at the Citizen Collection Stations or in blue household recycling bins. Materials that cannot be recycled include: metallic
wrapping paper, bows, ribbons, and foam. These items should be placed in the gray trash bins. To learn more, visit
www.elpasotexas.gov/environmental-services or call 311
South El Paso - 4200 Delta
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
. Live Christmas trees can be disposed of as part of Fort Worth'
s normal weekly yard waste pickup. 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 before you place it on the curb. Do not put the
tree in a plastic bag. Flocked trees are accepted; artificial trees should be disposed of in the brown garbage cart.
Residents can also take live
trees to any of the city'
s four drop-off stations:
Brennan Drop-off Station, 2400 Brennan
Southeast Drop-off Station, 5150 Martin Luther King Freeway
Old Hemphill Road Drop-off Station, 6260 Old Hemphill Road and
301 Hillshire Drive.
Hours: Monday to Friday: 8 am to 6 pm Saturday: 8 am to 5 pm Closed
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's
Day. Stations close at 5 pm the day before holidays.
Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
- Christmas Tree & Clean Brush Curbside Recycling Day For more information, phone
817-410-3330 Plus Other Christmas Recycling Opportunities!
On the first and third weeks in January , Place your "clean" (no tinsel or lights) Christmas tree at the curb to have it mulched and avoid it
going to the landfill!
Other Christmas Recycling Opportunities!
Batteries: Buy rechargeable batteries when you can. Keep used batteries in a
plastic container and dispose of them at a City recycling event (MARCH & NOVEMBER) or at any Interstate Battery location.
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).
Electronics: Electronics may be recycled at the Electronics Recycling Container in the
Animal Shelter parking lot (502 Shady Brook Drive).
Roll off Recycle Cardboard: Cardboard boxes may be broken down and placed out
for curbside recycling. Large amounts of cardboard may be brought to the Single Stream Recycling Container also located 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!
Residents with City of Houston collection may place their tree
curbside on their scheduled Tree Waste day and it will be recycled.
The trees must have all decorations, ornaments, tinsel, lights and
stands removed. Flocked trees cannot be recycled.
also recycle their trees by dropping them off at one of eighteen
(26) free, drop-off, recycling sites located throughout Houston. The
program runs from December 26, to second Monday (start counting
Mondays AFTER New Year's Day) in January. All facilities are closed
New Year's Day, January 1st. In addition to the drop-off locations,
Trees that are collected for recycling will be ground into mulch
that is available in bulk directly from Living Earth or available in
bags as Living Earth Houston Mulch sold at Houston area retailers. Houston Christmas Tree Recycling Locations
Trees may be dropped off at the following eighteen (18) locations
city-wide, listed by open hours:.
Wednesday - Sunday 9 am to 6 pm
Central Neighborhood Depository - 2240 Central St.
Kirkpatrick Neighborhood Depository - 5565 Kirkpatrick
Sommermeyer Neighborhood Depository - 14400 Sommermeyer
N. Main Neighborhood Depository - 9003 N. Main
Southwest Neighborhood Depository - 10785 SW Freeway
Sunbeam Neighborhood Depository - 5100 Sunbeam
OPEN DAILY, 9am to 6pm
Kingwood (Branch Library)- Bens View Lane @ Bens Branch Drive
Doss Park (gates close at 5) -
2500 Frick Road (County Park)
Memorial Park (Ball Fields 4 and 5)
- 7300 Memorial Drive
T.C. Jester Park - 4200 T.C. Jester West
Elington Airport Recycling Drop-off -HWY [email protected] Brantley Road
OPEN Monday - Saturday 8am to 5pm
(Westpark Closed January 1st)
Recycling Center - 5900 Westpark
EARTH - Monday to Friday from 7 am to 5 pm and Saturday 7 am to 12pm
Living Earth will be closed December 31 and January 1st
Living Earth - 5802 Crawford Rd.
Living Earth - 1503
Industrial Dr, Missouri City
Living Earth - 1700 Highway 90A
Living Earth - 12202 Cutten Road
Living Earth -
16138 Highway 6
Living Earth - 5210 S. Sam Houston Pkwy E
Living Earth - 27733 Katy Freeway, Katy TX
Living Earth - 10310
Living Earth - 17555 I-45 South, Conroe TX
Living Earth -20611 US Hwy 59, New Caney TX
Living Earth - 1000
FM 1266, Dickinson TX
Living Earth - 16955 Katy- Hockley Rd
Living Earth - 9306 FM 523, Freeport TX
For more information
about the City of Houston
Solid Waste Management Department and its services, residents may
check online, like us
follow us on twitter @houstontrash or call 3-1-1, the City of
Houston's Customer Service Helpline.
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
Starting in December through January 10, 2022 there will be a roll-off outside each For the rest of January, we will have the
Christmas Tree roll-off moved inside the gates to monitor. The trees must be free of all decorations and debris. the roll-offs will be located inside the gates. Residents
can drop off fresh-cut Christmas trees from 8 am to 5:30 pm
Monday to Saturday.. For the rest of January, we will have the Christmas Tree roll-off moved inside the gates to monitor. The trees must be free of
all decorations and debris. Once collected the City of Lubbock Solid Waste Service then grind the trees into coarse mulch. Year-round mulch is
offered for free at our Southside Recycling site. As a tip, the mulch is in a pile therefore we recommend that individuals bring a box or bag and
then a shovel or rake to collect it.
City of Lubbock Locations
SOUTHSIDE: 1631 84th Street (South just off 82nd and Ave Q)
NORTHSIDE: 208 Municipal Drive (West of where Buddy Holly turns into Municipal Dr. at I27 at ext 4.)
SOUTH MILWAUKEE: 7308 Milwaukee Avenue (West
side of Milwaukee after the light on 73rd just before the shopping center)
NORTH QUAKER: 4307 Adrian Street (Clovis Highway just North of Quaker)
Christmas lights can be mailed in here to be recycled.
NOTE: I cannot find ANY updates on their website (nor can Google) so this is carried over from last year. To recycle your tree properly, remove your tree from the stand,
remove all tinsel (if you added any), lights and ornaments and
recycle your tree by one of these options:
Option one: The Stella Roberts Recycling
For those of you who want to help restore our
"Brazoria County" sand dunes via the Dunes Day Project take your
Christmas tree to the Stella Roberts Recycling Center, 5800 Magnolia
Dr. in Pearland, Texas during the centers operating hours, Tuesday -
Friday 8 am to 5 pm, Saturday 9 am to 1 pm to those dumping
outside the gate when the center is closed can be fined up to $200.
Trees will be accepted from Dec. 27 to mid-January.
Option two: Manvel Location
Trees for the Dunes Project will also be accepted at the Brazoria
County Precinct 2 Work Yard 7315 Corporate Dr. in Manvel, Texas
during the yards operating hours, Monday to Thursday 7:30 am to 5:30 pm This work yard is approximately 2 miles east of the SH288 and
SH6 intersection. It is behind the Brazoria County Service Center
(turn onto Corporate drive and pass the service center building).
There is a cable link fence surrounding the work yard, with a gate
that is unlocked during operating hours.
Option three: Green Waste Day
you can't transport your tree, you live in a single-family dwelling
and you are within Pearland City of limits, your tree can be set out
curbside on your green waste day. These trees will go to a
commercial composting facility where they are chopped up for mulch
at the facility along with the rest of your green waste.
information about recycling, log on to www.mykpb.org or call
- From December 26th through
the first SUNDAY in January (which is often the 2nd, 3rd or 4th day of the month), (In 2022, it ends on Monday, January 3, 2022).drop off stripped trees at one of the following
Carpenter Park, 6701 Colt Road, Plano, TX 75024.
Old Shepherd Place Park, 1301 Winding Hollow Lane, Plano, TX
Russell Creek Park, 3500 McDermont Rd, Plano, TX 750
Schell Park, 2100 Laurel Lane, Plano, TX 75074.
for more information.
Drop off your unwanted holiday lights and electronics during electronics recycling on the first three Saturdays of the
month. Visit the electronics recycling page for details.
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:
| Spanish. And
Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
Contact: 210-207-6463 or email:
- Bitters Brush Recycling Center
1800 Wurzbach Parkway, 78216; January 2-31 from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Mon-Sun
- Highway 90 Center
5450 Castroville Road, 78227; January 2-31 from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Mon-Sun
- Culebra Road Drop-Off Center
7030 Culebra Road, 78238; January 4-15 from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Tue-Fri. 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, Sat
- Frio City Road Drop-Off Center
15331 Frio City Road, 78226; January 4-15 from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Tue-Fri. 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, Sat
- Rigsby Road Drop-Off Center
2755 Rigsby Road, 78222; January 4-15 from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Tue-Fri. 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, Sat
Customers should follow these
guidelines. If the tree is over 6 ft. tall cut it in half. Remove all lights, decorations and stands. Do not bag trees. No live wreaths, garlands or
plants will be accepted. Approximately one to two weeks after these dates, the tree mulch will be available at the Bitters Brush location for free
while supplies last. Customers can also place smaller real trees in their green organics carts for their normal collection dates. Trimming may be
required. The cart lid must close completely. Do not over-stuff or over-fill the cart. Do not bag the tree. No plastic, metal or glass is accepted.
For more information, visit,
www.sanantonio.gov/swmd. Follow us at
Texas Disposal Systems and Garden-Ville will also take Clean Christmas trees
, holly, pumpkins and other living
will be accepted FREE OF CHARGE from December 26th to January 31st.
All items must be free of lights, ornaments, metal, flocking, and
other non-living contaminants.
Christmas trees can be dropped off at any one of these TDS locations throughout the Central Texas region from
December 26th to January 31st. They are as follows::
- TDS Landfill Mon-Sat 7 a.m. - Sunset / Sun Closed 3016 FM 1327 Creedmoor, TX 78610 (512) 421-1362
- TDS & Garden-Ville Bee Cave Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. / Sat 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. / Sun Closed 4001 RR 620 S. Bee Cave, TX 78738 (512)
- TDS & Garden-Ville Georgetown Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. / Sat 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. / Sun Closed 250 W.L. Walden Dr., Georgetown, TX
78626 (512) 930-1715
- Garden-Ville Evans Rd. San Antonio Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. / Sat 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. / Sun Closed 7561 E. Evans Rd. San Antonio, TX
78266 (210) 651-6115
- Garden-Ville SARA San Antonio Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. / Sat & Sun Closed 1280 FM 1516 N., Converse, TX 78109 (210) 483-1951
- Garden-Ville Victoria Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. / Sat 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. / Sun Closed 18125 FM 1686, Victoria, TX 77905 (361)
- Each year on the day following Christmas
until the second Sunday of January (except in 2022, when it is the 3rd Sunday!) , 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
- Waco, TX
- Keep Waco Beautiful will host its
annual "Chipping of the Green" Christmas tree recycling event,
Saturday, January 8, 2022 at Paul Tyson Field Parking lot, on Lake Air
Drive (just past the horse barn area of the Coliseum), from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm 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:
Also Email: [email protected]. or submit a Contact Form
NEW! Text your questions or
concerns to: (254) 640-3336. And
Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
- Westlake, TX - Christmas Tree Pickup - Christmas trees will be
picked up on Friday, January 7, 2022 as part of Westlake's regularly scheduled bulk pickup. If the tree is taller than 5 feet, it will need to be
cut in half. As a reminder, bulk pickup is on the 2nd & 4th Fridays of the month! See blow for bulk pickup guidelines. If you have any questions,
please email us at [email protected]. or call 817-490-5729, OR you can email Dianna with
the Public Works Department:
[email protected]. The Town of Westlake will be holding a
special electronics recycling event on Saturday, January 8th, 2022 at 10:00 am for Westlake residents. In addition to the electronics recycling,
we will also have a document-shredding truck & a Christmas tree drop-off on site. The event will be held in the Solana Terrace parking lot at
the 1600 Solana Boulevard entrance. Westlake Trash & Recycling Schedule - The Town
of Westlake contracts with Republic Services for our trash & recycling services. Pick-up is every FRIDAY (except during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and
New Years when it moves to SATURDAY), with bulk pick-up on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month.
- 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.