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Recycle your Christmas tree

And now, a message from the City of Houston Solid Waste Department:

Christmas Tree Recycling


The City of Houston (COH) Solid Waste Management Department will embark on its 21st year of Christmas tree recycling(.pdf) after the holiday by providing recycling drop-off sites throughout Houston. All drop-off sites will be closed on New Year’s Day.

Every year, Houstonians discard thousands of used Christmas trees that could be recycled into useable items. The COH is encouraging residents to recycle their Christmas trees to give them a new lease on life and make the recycling of Christmas trees a family tradition.

Please remove tinsel, lights, ornaments, plastic tree stands and plastic water bowls from the trees. The recycled trees will be converted into mulch, which will in turn help save landfill space and help preserve the environment.

Trees with artificial snow (flocked) will not be accepted for recycling; they will be picked up on the neighborhood’s scheduled “Junk Waste” day in February. Commercial vendor trees will not be accepted. Living Earth Technology, a leading composting company in Houston, has partnered with the COH to make this a very cost-effective program for the city.

Living Earth Technology composts all the Christmas trees at no cost to the COH.

Homes with COH automated garbage collection service may place their trees at the curb on their “Tree Waste” day in January or bring them to one of the Christmas tree recycling locations(pdf) – (jpg version)

Please bring residential Christmas trees to one of the following drop-off locations:


Hours and Dates of Operation:

Dec. 27, 2011 through Jan. 8, 2012 (Closed Jan. 1st and 2nd, 2012)

OPEN Weds. – Sun., 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • Sunbeam Neighborhood Depository – 5100 Sunbeam
  • Central Neighborhood Depository – 2240 Central St.
  • Kirkpatrick Neighborhood Depository – 5565 Kirkpatrick
  • Windfern Neighborhood Depository – 6023 Windfern
  • N. Main Neighborhood Depository – 9003 N. Main
  • Southwest Neighborhood Depository -10785 SW Freeway

OPEN DAILY, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • Doss Park (gates close at 5) – 2500 Frick Road
  • Memorial Park (Ball Fields 4 and 5) – 7300 Memorial Drive
  • T.C. Jester Park – 4200 T.C. Jester West
  • Kingwood – Bens View Lane @ Bens Branch Drive
  • Elington Airport Recycling Drop-off –HWY [email protected] Brantley Roa

MON-SAT 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 9am – 12pm, CLOSED SUNDAY

  • Westpark Consumer Recycling Center – 5900 Westpark

MON-SAT 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., CLOSED SUNDAY

  • Living Earth – 5625 Crawford Road
  • Living Earth – 1503 Industrial Drive (Gessner @ Hwy 90)
  • Living Earth – 1700 Highway 90A East
  • Living Earth – 12202 Cutten Road
  • Living Earth – 16138 Highway 6
  • Living Earth – 5210 S. Sam Houston Pkwy.

For more information on locations and hours, visit the Christmas Tree Recycling page here (.pdf version).

Click here for the .jpg version of the Christmas Tree Recycling flyer (.jpg)

Thank you.

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