Most cities in DFW offer recycling for natural Christmas trees. If you don't see your local information on our list, contact your city staff.
Dec. 22, 2014
When the holiday is over and it’s time to say goodbye to your Christmas tree, depending on what city you live in, you might need to deliver to the nearest drop-off point or just leave it curbside on a certain day for it to be collected and recycled properly.
Here’s a variety of North Texas cities detailing what you need to know to in order to recycle your tree this year:
Christmas Tree Recycling will be available in Dallas from Dec. 26, 2014 to Jan. 7, 2015. Remove all tinsel, ornaments, lights, nails and tree stands before dropping off your tree.
Call the Waste Diversion Hotline at 214-670-4475 if you need additional information.
Home Depot locations for recycling:
11255 Garland Road - Dallas, 75218
11468 Grissom Lane - Dallas, 75229
6110 Lemmon Avenue - Dallas, 75209
6000 Skillman - Dallas, Texas 75231
2610 Fort Worth Avenue - Dallas, 75211
2901 W. Wheatland Road - Dallas, 75237
11682 Forest Central Drive - Dallas, 75243
In the city of Fort Worth, live Christmas trees can be disposed of as part of the normal weekly yard waste pickup following the holidays. All the trees collected in Fort Worth are recycled into mulch. Trees must be less than eight-feet long; cut trees in two pieces if necessary. Be sure to take all decorations, lights and tree stands off the tree before it is placed on the curb. Do not put the tree in a plastic bag. Flocked trees are accepted; artificial trees are not accepted for yard waste collection.
Another option is to take it to one of the city’s three drop-off stations:
Brennan Drop-off Station - 2400 Brennan Ave, Fort Worth
Southeast Drop-off Station - 5150 Martin Luther King Freeway, Fort Worth
Old Hemphill Road Drop-off Station - 6260 Old Hemphill Road, Fort Worth
Hours: Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m./Saturday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m./ Closed Sunday
After the holidays are over, residents and businesses are encouraged to recycle Christmas trees.
Two free drop-off locations are available beginning Dec. 26 to Jan. 12.
North Arlington - Arlington Sanitary Landfill - 800 Mosier Valley Road
7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Monday through Saturday weather permitting
Photo courtesy of Earth911.com.
South Arlington: Calloway’s Nursery - 4940 S. Cooper Street
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
Christmas trees should be loaded into one of the containers on the north side of the building during business hours only.
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 only 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 Lorrie at 817-459-6778..
While there are no details about specifically recycling your Christmas tree in Denton, Karen in the Solid Waste Department for the city of Denton says leave the tree at curbside on regular pick-up days. The tree should not be flocked and not be in a plastic bag.
The city of DeSoto’s solid waste contractor, Republic Waste, will be collecting live Christmas trees for recycling on Wednesday, Dec. 31 and Wednesday, Jan. 7. Place trees on the curb in the front of your home for recycling. Trees placed in the alley will go to the landfill. Be sure to remove all decorations and lights for recycling. Also trees with flocking will go to the landfill.
Photo courtesy of KTMB.org.
If you have questions regarding your trash service, please call the city of DeSoto Action Center at 972-230-9600.
Christmas Tree Recycling in Grand Prairie is from Dec. 26 to Jan. 12. Recycling drop-off locations for your tree will be at:
• Charley Taylor Recreation Center parking lot, 601 Grand Prairie Rd., Grand Prairie, 75051
• Parkhill Park parking lot, 5100 Block of Robinson Rd., Grand Prairie, 75052
• Grand Prairie Landfill, 1102 MacArthur Blvd., Grand Prairie, 75050
Remember to remove all ornaments, stands and plastic bags. Artificial tree 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.
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 972-237-8061.
Irving residents will have an opportunity to properly dispose of their fresh-cut Christmas trees for recycling during Irving’s annual Christmas Tree Roundup. Fresh cut Christmas trees will be collected as a regular part of Irving’s weekly brush/bulky waste pick-up Dec. 29 through Jan. 9. Weekly brush/bulky waste collection are offered the same day as curbside recycling. To find out more about curbside recycling and weekly brush/bulky waste collection, please call 972-721-2232.
Residents also have the option to take their Christmas trees to any of the following drop-off locations on Dec. 25 through Jan. 8:
• Cottonwood Park, 4051 N. Story Road
• Southwest Park, 2800 Shady Grove Road
• Drop-Off Recycling Center located at 8555 Home Depot Drive (east corner of the Home Depot parking lot)
• Hunter Ferrell Landfill, 220 W. Hunter Ferrell Road (Hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, closed Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1).
Whether placed at the curb or taken to a drop-off site, all obstructions such as tree stands, lights, tinsel, nails, ornaments as well as plastic bags covering tree should be removed.
All fresh–cut Christmas trees collected as part of this program will be mulched and made available for a nominal fee at Hunter Ferrell Landfill. For more information, call (972) 721-7322.
The city's Christmas tree recycling program will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, through Friday, Jan. 9. The drop-off location is the north end of the Multi-Use Arena parking lot at the Keller Sports Park, 112 Sports Parkway. No flocked trees will be allowed and all decorations, bags, tinsel, ornaments, lights, plastics, nails and stands must be removed from the trees to avoid potential injury to the workers and to ensure clean, quality mulch.
Free mulch will be available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis at a later date to be announced. For information on the Christmas tree recycling program, contact the city manager's office at 817-743-4000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The city of McKinney will compost your live Christmas tree. Progressive Waste Solutions (formerly IESI) will pick up at your location between Dec. 29 and Jan. 9. (Not available for commercial locations).
• 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.
Please remove lights and ornaments from the tree. Trees with flocking will not be picked up.
For questions about Christmas tree recycling, please call Progressive Waste Solutions at 469-452-8000.
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 pot / container. (You can dump plant and soil in bag.)
• Remove lights and ornaments from wreathes and garlands
Trees and other materials are taken to the Regional Composting Facility in Plano and converted into a variety of compost products.
For more information on Christmas tree recycling in your community, visit your city’s website or contact city staff.