Post-holiday Christmas tree recycling

AUSTIN (KXAN) — After the holidays are done cities are asking residents to not throw away their Christmas trees, but instead recycle.

All trees should be stripped of any non-organic decorations before being taken to be recycled.


City of Austin curbside customers can recycle their trees by leaving them at the curb on their regular collection day, and are asked to set the trees outsdie by 6:30 a.m. All decorations should be removed from the trees and any tree over six feet tall should be cut in half.

Non-curbside customers can drop off their non-decorated trees at Zilker Park between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on:

  • Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016
  • Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016
  • Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016
  • Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016

The mulch from these trees will be free and available on Wednesday, January 20th.

The City of Austin has listed other free and fee-based drop off locations here.


Texas Disposal Systems customers in the city limits of Georgetown can put Christmas trees on the curb for collection on regular yard trimmings pickup day. Trees 7 feet or longer should be cut into sections.

Trees will be accepted at no charge at the City of Georgetown Collection Station at 250 W.L. Walden Drive from December 26th to January 30th.

Round Rock

The City of Round Rock is encouraging residents to recycle Christmas trees at the Round Rock Recycling Center at 310 Deepwood Drive on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016 as volunteers will be available to help unload trees.

The recycling center will also be accepting Christmas trees during any regular operating day and will offer mulch from trees free for pickup for Round Rock residents.


Christmas trees can be dropped of at the Wells Point Park soccer field at the intersection of Heatherwilde Boulevard and Olympic Drive from December 26, 2015 to January 10, 2016.

Mulch is free to residents and will be available at the city’s Recycling Center.

Trees left curbside will be picked up but not recycled. Any trees over four feet tall must be cut in half if left curbside.

San Marcos

Those living in single-family residences may place their tree inside their greenwaste cart on regular collection days between December 26, 2015 and January 10, 2016.

Trees must be cut in half if they are taller than four feet.

Christmas trees can also be dropped off in that same time period at the Senior Center, located at 111 Richmar Road.


Christmas trees may be dropped of at Robin Bledsoe Park at 601 S. Bagdad between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. from December 26, 2015 to January 17, 2016.

For $10 you can support the Boy Scouts and have Troop 233 pick your tree up. You can schedule your appointment here.


Christmas trees may be placed curbside for collection. They can also be taken to the City Recycling Center located at 302 E. Ufer St.


Mason’s City recycling center is located at 510 N Avenue F.

Hays County 

Christmas trees can be taken to recycling facilities located at 1691 Carney Lane in Wimberley and 100 Darden Hill Road in Driftwood. The centers are open from Tuesday to Saturday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The stations will be closed between December 31st and January 4th.

Bastrop County

Christmas trees can be taken to Elgin Memorial Park at Highway 95 at Main Street and the Parks and Recreation Department at 1209 Linden Street. Trees in Bastrop mill be mulched and available after December 28th at the drop-off location. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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