AUSTIN (KXAN) — Instead of throwing away your Christmas tree and sending it to the landfill, you can recycle your tree and turn it into nutrient-rich mulch and compost.
City of Austin curbside customers can recycle their trees at the curb. Just remove all decorations from the tree and cut any trees more than 6-feet tall in half. The city also asks that you do not put the tree in a plastic bag.
If you’re not a curbside customer, you can drop off your bare tree for recycling at Zilker Park between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Dec. 30 and 31 and Jan. 6 and Jan. 7. Crews will be collecting trees just off of Andrew Zilker Road — to the west of the Zilker Holiday Tree.
Trees with artificial snow are not accepted at Zilker. If you’re interested in taking advantage of some of the trees-turned-mulch, it will be available on a free and first-come, first-serve basis starting at 9 a.m. on Jan. 18.
Starting Tuesday, Austin residents can also drop off their bare Christmas trees, holly, pumpkins and other living decorations for free at Texas Disposal Systems/Garden-Ville Christmas tree collection sites in Bee Cave, Georgetown and Creedmoor.
The TDS & Garden-Ville site in Bee Cave is located at 4001 Ranch Road 620 South and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
The TDS & Garden-Ville site in Georgetown is located at 250 W.L. Walden Rd. and open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The TDS Landfill in Creedmoor, located at 3016 Farm to Market 1327, is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to sunset.
The Garden-Ville site in Creedmoor is located at 3606 Farm to Market 1327 and open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
All TDS and Garden-Ville locations will be closed Jan. 1 for the holiday. The Garden-Ville location at Creedmoor will be closed Dec. 26, Jan. 1 and 2 and will be closing at noon on Dec. 30. Aside from these exceptions, normal hours apply.
You can find more information on curbside pick-up and dropping off trees at Zilker Park at austintexas.gov.
Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly referred to Texas Disposal Systems as “Texas Disposal Services.”