How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree

If your Christmas tree is looking a little sad and dry, it’s time to get that beautiful fire hazard out of the house! We hate to see the holiday twinkle come down around town, but the city of Austin takes the edge off our post-Christmas blues by making it super easy to recycle. Give it whole new life!

There are two simple ways to make this happen. All of the details are right here, but this is the basic gist …

Curbside Collections

The easiest thing to do is recycle their trees at the curb! If you are a City of Austin customer, just remove all decorations and the stand from the tree (obvi!) and set it out  by 6:30 a.m. on your regular collection day. Trees over 6 feet should be cut in half. Do not place tree in a plastic bag.

Zilker Park Drop-off

All residents can drop off their trees for recycling at Zilker Park. Trees with flocking (artificial snow) are not accepted. Drop-off is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018
  • Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018
  • Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019
  • Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019

Trees collected will be turned into mulch and will be available for free on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Jan. 17, 9 a.m. Please bring your own tools and storage containers for loading and transporting the mulch.

Image courtesy Alan Levine via Flickr.