Christmas Tree Recycling


Christmas Recycling

The Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) is encouraging residents to recycle their Christmas trees, saving landfill space and disposal costs.  Residents can recycle their trees by dropping them off at one of seventeen (17) free, drop-off, recycling sites located throughout Houston.  The program runs from December 26,  2014 to January 7, 2015.  All facilities are closed January 1, 2015.  In addition to the drop-off locations, residents with City of Houston collection may place their tree curbside on their scheduled tree waste day and it will be recycled.  Trees that are collected for recycling will be ground into mulch that is available in bulk directly from Living Earth or available in bags at Houston retailers.

NOTE: The trees must have all decorations, ornaments, tinsel, lights and stands removed.  Flocked trees cannot be recycled.

The Residential Christmas Tree Recycling Program runs December 26, 2014 - January 7, 2015.  Residents may drop off their trees at one of the following 17 free drop-off locations.

Please bring residential Christmas Trees
December 26, 2014 - January 7, 2015
to one of the following drop-off locations:

Hours and Dates of Operation:
(All locations closed New Year's Day, January 1, 2015)


OPEN Wed. - Sun., 9:00am to 6:00pm

Mon. - Sat. 9:00am to 5:00pm, CLOSED SUNDAY

OPEN DAILY, 9:00am to 6:00pm

  • 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 3@ Brantley Road

MON-SAT 8:00am to 5:00pm, 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.

During this Holiday Season, Make the Commitment to Recycle

The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department has several locations for you to drop off your holiday recycling. Christmas trees, burned out compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs, holiday wrappings and appliances may all be recycled. Please commit to having a greener holiday season.

Neighborhood Depositories/Recycling Centers accept:

  • Aluminum and tin food cans
  • Cardboard boxes (Must be broken down with packing materials removed)
  • Glass food and beverage bottles and jars (No ceramics or plate glass)
  • Junk waste and tree waste
  • Newspapers, magazines and office paper
  • Plastic bottles and jugs (marked 1 - 5 and 7)


  • North 9003 North Main, 77022
  • Northwest 14400 Sommermeyer, 77041
  • Northeast 5565 Kirkpatrick, 77028
  • Southeast 2240 Central, 77017
  • South 5100 Sunbeam, 77033 (This location closed until summer 2014)
  • Southwest 10785 Southwest Freeway, 77074

Recyclables may also be taken to:

  • Westpark Consumer Recycling Center, 5900 Westpark, 77057 (also includes tires, batteries, used motor oil, latex paint and antifreeze, and scrap electronics recycling) Open Mondays through Saturdays 8am - 5pm