Solid Waste Management Department


City of Houston 

Mark Wilfalk, Director
Solid Waste Management Dept.
Sylvester Turner, Mayor
City of Houston


December 20, 2022: Houston's Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) encourages residents to recycle live Christmas trees after the holidays. The holiday season is filled with the purchase of live Christmas trees by families which can be repurposed for mulch or other landscape materials.

On Tuesday, December 27, 2022, SWMD will open 24 residential Christmas tree drop-off recycling locations throughout Houston through Tuesday, January 31, 2023. Please find the locations listed below.

To recycle a live Christmas tree, residents must remove all lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments, nails, stands, and other non-organic decorative materials. Trees that are flocked, artificial, or painted will NOT be recycled. Your scheduled junk waste collection day can be used to dispose of any artificial trees.

Additionally, recycling is also available for live Christmas trees through the city's yard waste curbside collection program.

Recycling trees will result in rich mulch that will be available in bags or bulk directly from Living Earth and other local area retailers.

Save the Date: Friday, January 6, 2023, and join Mayor Sylvester Turner, Council Members, SWMD, along with representatives from Reliant Energy, Living Earth, and the Houston Parks & Recreation Department for the 32nd Annual Christmas Tree Mulching event, at City Hall Reflection Pool, 11:30 a.m.

  View a Google Map of Christmas Tree recycling sites here.


Open Tuesday - Sunday 9am - 6pm
Depositories Closed Sunday, Dec.25, 2022 and Sunday , Jan. 1, 2023

  1. Central Neighborhood Depository - 2240 Central St.
  2. Kirkpatrick Neighborhood Depository - 5565 Kirkpatrick
  3. Sommermeyer Neighborhood Depository - 14400 Sommermeyer
  4. N. Main Neighborhood Depository - 9003 N. Main
  5. Southwest Neighborhood Depository - 10785 SW Freeway
  6. Sunbeam Neighborhood Depository - 5100 Sunbeam
OPEN DAILY, 9am to 6pm
  1. Kingwood (Branch Library)– Bens View Lane @ Bens Branch Drive
  2. Doss Park (gates close at 5) - 2500 Frick Road (County Park)
  3. Memorial Park (2 Locations)
    - Softball Parking lot - 6402 Arnot St, Houston, TX 77007
    - Sports Complex
  4. T.C. Jester Park - 4200 T.C. Jester West
  5. Elington Airport Recycling Drop-off –HWY 3@ Brantley Road
OPEN Monday - Saturday 8am to 5pm |
Closed Monday, Jan. 2, 2023 and Monday Jan. 16, 2023
  1. Westpark Consumer Recycling Center - 5900 Westpark
LIVING EARTH - MON-FRI 7:00am to 5:00pm and Saturday 7:00am - 12pm
Living Earth closed Monday, December 26, 2022 and Monday, January 2, 2023
  1. Living Earth - 5802 Crawford Road, Houston, 77041
  2. Living Earth - 1503 Industrial Drive, Missouri City, 77489
  3. Living Earth - 1700 E Highway 90Alt, Richmond, 77469
  4. Living Earth - 12200 Cutten Road, Houston, 77060
  5. Living Earth - 16138 Highway 6, Iowa Colony, 77583
  6. Living Earth - 5210 S. Sam Houston Parkway E, Houston, 77048
  7. Living Earth - 27733 Katy Freeway, Katy, 77494
  8. Living Earth - 10310 Beaumont Highway, Houston, 77078
  9. Living Earth - 17555 I-45 South, Conroe, 77385
  10. Living Earth - 20611 U.S. 59, New Caney, 77357
  11. Living Earth - 1000 Dickinson Ave, Dickinson, 77539
  12. Living Earth – 9306 FM 523 Freeport, 77541


The Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) provides solid waste services to the citizens of Houston through the collection, disposal and recycling of discarded material in a manner that is safe, efficient, environmentally sound and cost-effective.

For more information about SWMD and our services, visit us at, “LIKE” us on Facebook at @houstonsolidwaste, follow us on Twitter @HoustonTrash.  Download our app HTX Collects on Google Play or IOS Store to Never Miss an Update again!

E-mail: or call 3-1-1, the City of Houston’s Customer Service Helpline.