Solid Waste Management Department


City of Houston 

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


December 23, 2021: The City of Houston’s Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) encourages Houstonians to recycle their live Christmas trees after the holidays.

Each year, families acquire live Christmas trees to celebrate the holidays. These biodegradable trees can be easily re-purposed for use as mulch and other landscape applications.

Starting Sunday, December 26, 2021 through Monday, January 31, 2022, SWMD will open 24 residential Christmas tree drop-off recycling locations throughout the City of Houston. See locations listed below. Prior to recycling a live Christmas tree, residents are required to remove all lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments, nails, stands, and other non-organic decorative materials that are not part of the original tree. Flocked, artificial, or painted trees will NOT be recycled. Artificial trees can be disposed of on your scheduled junk waste collection day.

Additional opportunities to recycle live Christmas trees are also available through the city’s yard waste curbside collection program on scheduled residential tree waste service days.

All trees collected for recycling will be re-purposed into rich mulch and made available in bags or in bulk directly from Living Earth and other participating local area retailers.

  View a Google Map of Christmas Tree recycling sites here.


Open Tuesday - Sunday 9am - 6pm
Depositories Closed Sunday, Dec.26, 2021 and Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022

  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. 3, 2022 and Monday Jan. 17, 2022
  1. Westpark Consumer Recycling Center - 5900 Westpark
LIVING EARTH - MON-FRI 7:00am to 5:00pm and Saturday 7:00am - 12pm
Living Earth sites have limited hours Friday, Dec. 31, 2021; closed on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022.
  1. Living Earth - 5802 Crawford Rd.
  2. Living Earth - 1503 Industrial Dr, Missouri City
  3. Living Earth - 1700 Highway 90A East, Richmond
  4. Living Earth - 12202 Cutten Road
  5. Living Earth - 16138 Highway 6
  6. Living Earth - 5210 S. Sam Houston Pkwy E
  7. Living Earth - 27733 Katy Freeway, Katy TX
  8. Living Earth - 10310 Beaumont Highway
  9. Living Earth - 17555 I-45 South, Conroe TX
  10. Living Earth -20611 US Hwy 59, New Caney TX
  11. Living Earth - 1000 FM 1266, Dickinson TX
  12. Living Earth – 9306 FM 523, Freeport TX


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