Post-Holiday Cleanup Tips: How to Recycle Your Christmas Trees

It's sad that the holidays are over, but what makes them special is that we can always look forward to their arrival every year. So, don't cling on to your holiday decor and start the cleanup! If you have no idea how to dispose of your real Christmas trees, the city of Austin might just have a solution for you.

Austin residents who receive recycling pickup services can simply set them on the curb for coordinated disposal. Trees that are over 6-ft tall need to be cut in half and set on the curb by 6:30 a.m.

Residents who are not curbside customers, on the other hand, can drop off their trees at the Zilker Park Polo Fields, 2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates:

  • December 31
  • January 7
  • January 8

The collected trees and yard trimmings will be composted in an effort to keep out over 20,000 trees from entering landfills annually.

However, if you would like to dispose of your Christmas trees in this manner, please remember the following rules:

  • Trees sprayed with artificial snow cannot be used for composting; they cannot be accepted
  • All tree decorations, ornaments, lights, and treestands must be removed prior to disposal
  • Trees must be laid bare and not placed in "tree bags"
  • Only real Christmas trees can be accepted for composting

Enjoy the cleanup and welcome 2017 with a clean slate!

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