Free Christmas Tree recycling begins December 26

Beginning Saturday, December 26, citizens may recycle their fresh live trees at any of the Environmental Services Department’s Citizen Collection Stations located at:

1034 Pendale (East)

121 Atlantic (West)

4501 Hondo Pass (Northeast)

2492 Harrison (Central)

The service is free. The trees must be free of decorative items. ESD will turn the trees into mulch, which will be available to all ESD residential customers at no charge.

The Citizen Collection Stations will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. onDecember 26. The stations will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Citizen Collection Stations also accept household trash, bulky items, tires (without rims), used electronics, and household hazardous waste. If residents are dropping off any of these items mentioned above, they will need to take a recent water bill and an I.D. matching the name on the bill. No I.D. or recent water bill is needed to recycle live Christmas trees.

Other Holiday Recyclables

Besides fresh trees, residents are also encouraged to recycle their cardboard gift boxes, wrapping paper, and holiday cards, all of which are accepted at the Citizen Collection Stations or in blue household recycling bins. Materials that cannot be recycled include: metallic wrapping paper, bows, ribbons, and foam. These items should be placed in the gray trash bins.

To learn more, visit or call 311