When you are done with your Christmas tree and ready to get it out of the house, don't send it to the landfill, recycle it! Many municipalities across North Texas will take your used Christmas tree and grind it up for mulch to use at local parks or even offer the mulch for free back to the public. We have compiled a list of all the municipal drop-off locations to take your old Christmas tree for recycling rather than sending it to the landfill.
|Allen||Dec. 26 - Jan. 12||https://www.cityofallen.org/1389/Holiday-Collections|
|Arlington||Dec. 26 - Jan. 11||http://www.arlington-tx.gov/recycle/christmas-tree-recycling/|
|Bedford||Dec. 26 - Jan. 15||https://bedfordtx.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=428|
|Cedar Hill||Dec. 26 - Jan. 3||http://www.cedarhills.org/sanitation/christmas-tree-recycling|
|Duncanville||Dec. 29 - Jan. 31||http://www.duncanville.com/christmas-tree-drop-off-recycling-program-2/|
|Grand Prairie||Dec. 26 - Jan. 8||https://www.gptx.org/city-government/city-departments/recycling/recycling-of-special-items#christmastrees|
|Haltom City||Dec. 26 - Jan. 12||https://www.haltomcitytx.com/community-relations-news-events/2865-recycle-christmas-tree-waste-connections-transfer-station|
|Irving||Dec. 27 - Jan. 11||https://www.cityofirving.org/599/Holiday-Happenings|
|Keller||Dec. 19 - Jan. 20||https://www.communitywastedisposal.com/event/christmas-tree-recycling-city-of-keller/|
|Lewisville||Dec. 11 - Jan. 15||http://keeplewisvillebeautiful.org/christmas-tree-recycling/|
|Mansfield||Dec. 27 - Jan. 21||https://www.mansfieldtexas.gov/event/5545/christmas-tree-collection-at-home-depot|
|McKinney||Dec. 26 - Jan. 13||https://www.mckinneytexas.org/792/Recycling|
|Mesquite||Dec. 26 - Jan. 6||https://www.cityofmesquite.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=950|
|North Richland Hills||Dec. 26 - Jan. 6||https://www.nrhtx.com/683/Christmas-Tree-Recycling|
|Plano||Dec. 26 - Jan. 2||https://www.plano.gov/1957/Christmas-Tree-Recycling|
|Richardson||Dec. 26 - Feb. 1||https://www.cor.net/departments/public-services/trash-recycling/residential-recycling/tree-cycle|
|Southlake||Dec. 14 - Jan. 13||https://www.cityofsouthlake.com/1257/Recycling-Programs|
As the time of year when ornaments begrudgingly are taken off the Christmas Tree and the jingle bells are put back into their designated boxes, the time to get rid of your Christmas Tree comes as well. If you have a fake Christmas tree, the task of hauling the heavy box up to the attic or donation bin begins. Those who have a real Christmas tree, are faced with what to do with their now dry and shedding decoration. While it's easy to kick it to the curb for its trip to the landfill, the smarter option is to find out how your city is getting involved in Christmas Tree recycling this year.
Real Christmas trees are biodegradable, allowing us to come up with multiple uses for it after we use it for our Christmas festivities. Rather than sending it to the landfill, put it to good use after the holidays pass. Many cities shred the Christmas trees brought to them or put them through a chipper. What once held your sparkly tinsel can now be used as a soil erosion barrier on hiking trails or mulch for your garden.
Some zoo's, like the Dallas and Fort Worth zoos, use full Christmas trees as toys to explore for their animals.
If you would rather take matters into your own hands, you can cut the branches and lay them over your perennials. This is helpful when a frost occurs as perennials can have frost heaving. This practice of laying your remaining branches on top could save your plant from the winter and be able to see them bloom again in the spring.
Use this leftover tree as an excuse to start that compost pile you've been thinking about starting! A thin layer of these small branches at the base can allow some airflow to the bottom of your compost pile.
Finally, NEVER reuse your Christmas tree as a replacement for firewood. Evergreen trees have a large amount of creosote which can lead to unhealthy smoke and buildup in your lungs.
Looking to recycle other items? User our recycling locator to find drop-off locations near you for things like paint, pesticides, tires, oil, batteries, and other items.