Holiday Tree Recycling Programs and Drop Off Locations

Already thinking about reclaiming your house after Christmas is over? Here’s what you need to know about recycling or disposing of your tree:

AUSTIN

City of Austin curbside customers can recycle their trees by leaving them at the curb on their regular collection day. Please set out your tree by 6:30 a.m. 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 bag.

Not a City of Austin curbside customer? No problem! All residents can drop off their trees (decorations and stands removed) for recycling at Zilker Park between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates:

Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016
Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016
Saturday, Jan. 9,2016
Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016

Trees collected will be turned into mulch and will be available for free on a first-come, first-served basis to Austin residents starting Wednesday, January 20. Please plan on bringing your own tools and storage containers for loading and transporting the mulch.

Map from City of Austin website
Map from City of Austin website

Alternative Drop-Off Locations

Free Drop-Off Locations

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
Eco Depot: 4001 RR 620 South, Bee Cave, Texas

Organics By Gosh
13602 FM 969, Austin, TX 78724
 | (512) 276-1211

Walker Aero Environmental (JV Dirt)
3600 FM 973 North Austin, Texas 78725

Whittlesey Landscape Supplies
3219 S IH 35 Round Rock, Texas 78664
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, Texas 78617

Drop-Off Locations with a Fee

Locations listed below have varying fees. Call for more information.

Kinser Ranch LLC.
Starts at $1.00/per tree to $20/per load
For more information: 512-748-0800
10701 Kinser Lane, Austin, Texas 78736
AdvertisementSid Mourning Tree Service
Pricing varies. Call for fee information: 512-420-0733
3810 Medical Parkway Austin, TX 78756

Austin Wood Recycling
$5.00/per tree
For more information: 512-259-7430
3875 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park, TX 78613

CEDAR PARK

The City of Cedar Park invites you to bring your holiday tree for recycling to Parks & Recreation Center parking lot, 1435 Main Street on Saturday, January 9, 2016 from 9am-noon. Tree mulch will be used for landscaping at City parks and facilities.

Also, you can let Boy Scout Troop 233 pick up your tree and bring it to the recycling center for you! Go to www.troop233leander.org for details and to schedule your pick up.

Receive a FREE SEEDLING (while they last) for recycling your holiday tree compliments of the City of Cedar Park.

Please remove all decorations, ornaments and stands from your tree.

GEORGETOWN

No artificial trees will be collected. Please dispose of those in your trash cart. Please remove all decorations and stands. Trees over 7 feet tall should be cut and bundled together. Mulch is available to in-city residents and for a limited time to outside city limits residents. Limit 1 cubic yard per month.

For in-city limits residents:

  • Set your live tree out on your yard trimming collection day.
  • Bring your live tree to the transfer station 12/26-1/30 to treecycle it for free.
  • Put your live tree next to your trash cart on any trash collection day from 12/26-1/30 and it will be collected but NOT recycled.
  • Schedule a bulky waste pickup, but your tree will NOT be recycled.

For outside city limits residents:

  • Bring your live tree to the transfer station 12/26-1/30 to treecycle it for free.
  • Put your live tree next to your trash cart on any trash collection day from 12/26-1/30 and it will be collected but NOT recycled.
  • Schedule a bulky waste pickup, but your tree will NOT be recycled.

LAKEWAY

Cut the tree into 3′ lengths and put it out on your curb on your normal trash day. Drop it off at Public Works, 3303 Serene Hills, where it will be recycled. Trees must be cleaned of all decorations. For more information, contact the Solid Waste office at (512) 314-7514.

LEANDER

Leander Parks and Recreation will be offering FREE Live Christmas Tree Recycling on December 26, 2015 until January 17, 2016 from 5am until 10pm. Christmas Trees must be cleared of all ornaments, lights, and tree stands. Live Christmas Trees can be dropped off at Robin Bledsoe Park located at 601 S. Bagdad.

The Parks and Recreation Department uses the recycled trees as mulch in the City Parks for trails and landscape beds. You can share your contributions on Twitter and Facebook at #LeanderTreeRecycling. For more information or questions, contact the Leander Parks and Recreation Department at 512-528-9909.

For $10 you can support the Boy Scouts and have Troop 233 pick up your tree and bring it to the recycling area for you! Go to www.troop233leander.org for details and to schedule your pick up.

PFLUGERVILLE

Drop off your tree at the Wells Pint Park soccer field at Heatherwilde Boulevard and Olympic Drive (map). Please remember to remove all decorations and the tree stand. Trees can be unloaded on the south end of the parking lot. Only trees taken to Wells Point Park will be recycled. Christmas tree mulch will be available once the trees are recycled. Mulch is free, year-round at the City’s recycling center. Trees left curbside will be picked up by Progressive Waste Solutions but will not be recycled. Trees left curbside more than 4 feet long must be cut in half.

ROUND ROCK

The City of Round Rock encourages residents to recycle their Christmas trees from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015, and Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, at the Round Rock Recycling Center, 310 Deepwood Drive.

The City will give away small tree seedlings (100 per day/one per vehicle) and provide volunteers to help unload trees for residents who bring their Christmas trees for recycling during these special events. Additionally, residents may bring their Christmas trees for recycling to the Recycling Center during any regular operating day.

Residents must remove all decorations, nails, wires, ornaments, tree stands, lights, and tinsel before bringing in their tree to the recycling center. The trees will be shredded into a fine, usable mulch which is free to Round Rock residents for pickup at the recycling center. The mulch can also be purchased by contractors and non-residents for $5 per cubic yard. The center is open from Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The center is closed on Sundays.

Local businesses can also drop off their Christmas trees, and for a small fee ($15 per truckload), businesses that sell Christmas trees can recycle their leftovers as well. For more information, contact Forestry Manager Emsud Horozovic at 512-218-5540.

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