Check your city's policies regarding holiday recycling options.​ Photo courtesy of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.  

Dec. 28, 2017

When the holidays are over and you're ready to dispose of holiday trees, boxes and wrapping paper, you may be able to recycle some or all of the refuse. Check the guide below to learn what your community offers. Check your city's website, if you don't see it listed.


Christmas tree recycling

Dallas Sanitation Services makes it easy to recycle your Christmas trees after the holiday. Bring your real tree to the McCommas Bluff Landfill or the Northwest Transfer Station through Tuesday, Jan. 6, to be recycled. Remove all tinsel, ornaments, lights and rope before you drop off your tree. Residents can also put their tree out for their regular brush/bulk pickup.

McCommas Bluff Landfill – 5100 Youngblood Rd., 75241

Northwest Transfer Station – 9500 Harry Hines Blvd., 75220

Call the Dallas Zero Waste Hotline at 214-670-4475 for drop-off times and more information.


Holiday recycling guide

The city of Fort Worth makes it easy to recycle or dispose all your holiday items. See this detailed holiday recycling guide, describing what to do with broken ornaments, wrapping paper, bubble wrap, bows and ribbons, greeting cards, cardboard boxes and Christmas trees.

Drop-off stations

The city also provides four drop-off stations for larger items, donations and household hazardous waste. The city accepts the following at drop-off stations: Large cardboard boxes that do not fit in your recycle cart, batteries, outdoor or indoor lights, electronics, bicycles and donations (clothes, furniture, working appliances and miscellaneous household items such as toys and board games, plates, glasses, mugs and flatware).

Drop-off stations are open to Fort Worth homeowners and some renters for disposal of trash, brush, recyclables, household chemicals and donated items. To use a drop-off station, show a recent Fort Worth water bill or current driver’s license with a Fort Worth address to prove you have an active sanitation account. Renters with a Fort Worth address may use drop-off stations if they have a current Fort Worth water bill. Apartment renters may use the stations for recyclables only. Holiday closures are Dec. 25, 2017 and Jan. 1, 2018.

Brennan Drop-off Station, 2400 Brennan Avenue
Southeast Drop-off Station, 5150 Martin Luther King Freeway
Old Hemphill Road Drop-off Station, 6260 Old Hemphill Road
Hillshire Drop-off Station; 301 Hillshire Drive


Christmas tree recycling

Christmas tree recycling will be offered from Dec. 26, 2017 to Jan. 11, 2018.

Drop-off stations

It is recommended that residents recycle Christmas trees by taking them to the mulching facility center at the Arlington Landfill at 800 Mosier Valley Road and Collins Street about one mile north of Green Oaks Blvd.  It is free, and the facility is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Arlington residents may also drop off live Christmas trees to be recycled at the Calloway’s Nursery, 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. 

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.

Tree pickup

Christmas trees may also be placed curbside; however, the trees will not be recycled. Trees taller than 6-feet should be cut in half.

If you have questions about the landfill, call 817-354-2300 or the city’s Action Center at 817-459-6777 for more information.


Christmas tree recycling


For curbside Christmas tree collection; natural Christmas trees, up to six feet tall, will be picked up through Jan. 6, 2018 on your assigned trash collection day. Place trees at your collection point at least two feet away from trash and recycling carts. Because these trees will be composted, they must be stripped of all lights, tinsel, ornaments and hooks; stands must be removed. If your tree is over six feet tall, you may cut it in half for collection.

After Jan. 6, 2018, residents may cut natural Christmas trees into four-foot bundles, weighing no more than 40 lbs, and place the tied bundles at their trash collection point for pickup in Allen’s yard waste collection program.

CWD will also collect up to five extra bags of trash on your first collection day after Christmas. Place the bags at your collection point, at least two feet away from trash and recycling carts.

Drop-off station

Residents can also take natural Christmas trees to the NTMWD Custer Road Transfer Station and Wood Grinding Facility (9901 Custer Road, Plano) for disposal. Residents must bring their most recent water bill and a driver’s license with a matching address in order to enter the facility.

Flocked tree disposal

Because flocked trees cannot be composted, they will not be collected as yard waste. Residents can dispose of flocked trees at the NTMWD Custer Road Transfer Station and again must bring your most recent water bill and a driver’s license with a matching address in order to enter the Custer Road facility. You can also dispose of flocked Christmas trees by scheduling a pickup on your assigned bulk trash collection day.


Residents should call 940-349-8700 for Christmas tree disposal information. The city’s landfill is located at 1527 S. Mayhill Road. 


Christmas tree recycling

The city of Frisco provides curbside holiday tree recycling to all residents for their convenience. All live trees collected will be recycled and made into compost and mulch). Trees must comply with the following guidelines to ensure pickup:

Do cut trees over five-feet high into sections - no more than four-feet in length or 60 pounds each.

Do not cover tree with a plastic bag, as this will prevent pickup.

Do place trees out on regular trash/recycling collection day, at edge of property, at least three-feet from carts.

Do remove supports (metal and wood), electrical wiring, lights, tinsel, ornaments and all other decorations.

Flocked tree pickup

Flocked trees are not accepted. The chemical component in flocking material prevents composting of these trees. Call Frisco Environmental Services to schedule a bulk pick-up to remove your flocked tree 972-292-5900. 


Christmas tree recycling

Garland residents may drop off trees at no cost at either Garland’s Recycling Drop-Off Center from Dec. 27, 2017 through Jan. 6, 2018 or anytime the Wood Recycling Facility is open. Trees should be free from lights, ornaments and other decoration. Only bring wood waste from the household where you reside. Bring a valid driver’s license or Garland utility bill to show proof of residency. Remove all decorations and ornaments from the tree before dropping off.

Recycling Drop-Off Center

1426 Commerce St., Garland, TX 75040.                                           

Open: Mon - Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Wood Recycling Facility

3175 Elm Grove Road, Garland, Texas 75089

Open: Mon - Fri 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more details, call 972-205-3500.



Christmas tree recycling

Trees free of ornaments, stands and plastic bags can be recycled for free in the two weeks following Dec. 25 at the landfill. Artificial trees and trees sprayed with artificial snow cannot be accepted for recycling. Acceptable trees will be recycled into mulch, which is free and available at the landfill to all Grand Prairie residents. Trees can also be collected on your normal garbage collection day, but will be collected as garbage rather than recycled.

Recycling stations for trees that meet these guidelines are located at:

Charley Taylor Recreation Center parking lot, 601 E Grand Prairie Rd

Parkhill Park parking lot, 5100 Block of S. Robinson Rd

Grand Prairie Landfill, 1102 MacArthur Blvd

Please remove all ornaments, stands and plastic bags. Artificial trees or trees sprayed with artificial snow cannot be accepted for recycling. Acceptable trees will be recycled into mulch. Free mulch is available at the landfill to all Grand Prairie residents.

Tree disposal

Trees may also be left at curbside on your normal garbage collection day. However, these trees will not be recycled into mulch and will be collected as garbage.

For more information, call 972-237-4566.


Live Christmas trees may be placed at the curb on the second garbage collection day each week for free collection by IESI. Ornaments, tinsel, and lights must be removed.


Christmas tree recycling

Residents will have an opportunity to properly dispose of their fresh-cut Christmas trees for recycling during Irving’s annual Christmas Tree Roundup. Bare fresh-cut Christmas trees will be collected as part of the city’s weekly brush/bulky waste pickup. All Christmas trees collected will be mulched, which is made available for a nominal fee at the city landfill. Residents also may take Christmas trees to any of the following drop-off locations:

Cottonwood Park, 4051 N. Story Road

Hunter Ferrell Landfill, 220 W Hunter Ferrell Road
Las Colinas Service Center, 5964 Riverside Drive

Southwest Park, 2800 W Shady Grove Road

Whether placing at the curb or dropping off, residents must remove all obstructions, such as tree stands, lights, tinsel, nails and ornaments. All plastic bags covering the tree also must be removed.

For more information, call 972-721-8059.


Christmas tree recycling

Each year, Keep Lewisville Beautiful teams up with the city of Lewisville Parks and Leisure Services to help residents recycle their live Christmas trees to divert them from the landfill and provide free mulch for residents.

Starting Dec. 11, 2017 to Jan. 15, 2018, you can drop off your Christmas trees at Lake Park and N. Mill Street (near soccer fields) to be recycled into mulch. Please remember to remove all nails, wire, ornaments, lights and tinsel prior to dropping off your tree.


For information on Christmas tree recycling and disposal in the city of Mansfield, visit the link above.


Christmas tree recycling

For information on Christmas tree recycling and disposal in the city of Mesquite, visit the recycling program page or simply place your natural tree out on any Wednesday for brush pickup services or for artificial trees pickup on your regularly scheduled trash day. 


Christmas tree recycling

The city will pick up Christmas trees for recycling from Jan. 2 to Jan. 12, 2018

The city of McKinney is composting Christmas trees. Waste Connections will pick up at residents trees, but remember to remove lights and ornaments from the tree. Trees with flocking will not be picked up. 

Homes - place the tree next to your trash bin on your regularly scheduled trash day.

Apartments - place the tree on the outside of the trash container enclosure in your complex.

For questions about Christmas tree recycling, call Waste Connections at 469-452-8000.
Drop-Off Locations from Jan. 2-12, 2018 are both Al Ruschhaupt Soccer fields on Park View Avenue and Water Tower on Alma Road south of Eldorado near Gabe Nesbitt Park.

You can also compost your natural poinsettias, pine garland and wreaths placing them in brown compost bags next to your trash bin on your regularly scheduled trash day. Remove poinsettia plants from pots or container, remove lights and ornaments from wreaths and garlands.


Christmas tree recycling

Live Christmas trees, garland and wreaths can be recycled into Texas Pure Products mulch and compost. Remember to remove all ornaments, lights, decorations, tinsel and the tree stand (no plastics or metals). You can drop off at one of these locations between Dec. 26, 2017 to Jan. 2, 2018:

Jack Carter Park, 2601 Pleasant Valley, 75023 (south parking lot off Pleasant Valley)

Old Shepard Place Park, 1301 Winding Hollow Lane, 75093 (northeast corner of the Shepton High School parking lot/baseball field off Plano Parkway)

Russell Creek Park, 3500 McDermott Road, 75025, (northeastern parking lot directly off McDermott)

Schell Park, 2100 Laurel Lane, 75074, (southeastern parking lot directly off Laurel)

Boxes & Hoilday Lights

In the gift-giving process, you may receive rather large boxes filled with expensive electronics or appliances. When these boxes are placed at your regular collection point, criminals are tipped off to the contents of your home. Rather than tempt a would-be thief, bring your large boxes to one of the city’s recycling drop-off locations.

Remember too, lights can be recycled through the city’s electronics recycling program.


Christmas tree recycling

From Dec. 26, 2017 to Feb. 2, 2018, Richardson residents may “tree cycle” in two ways:

Drop trees off at the Municipal Service Center, 1260 Columbia Dr. The site is open 24 hours, seven days a week.  Or call 972-7444-4111 and request a Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC), then set the tree out at the front curb for collection.  Remember, trees must be natural (not artificial) and unflocked. All ornaments, tinsel, tree stands, nails, lights, etc., must be removed.


A Waco reader shared that Keep Waco Beautiful is chipping Christmas trees at Paul Tyson football field on Jan 6. See link above for details.


Residents can place their Christmas time outside anytime in January or February on the regular brush and bulk pickup days. Remove all decorations and ornaments from the Christmas tree before placing out outside.

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