Here’s Where To Recycle Your Christmas Tree In Houston

The city turns the trees into mulch that it sells and uses to maintain city hiking trails.

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There are 25 locations across the city where you can drop off your Christmas tree.

City crews cut down the official “holiday tree” outside Houston City Hall on Friday at the 29th annual Christmas Tree Recycling kickoff. The initiative encourages Houstonians to recycle their trees, instead of disposing of them in the trash.

“Holiday trees may have been one of the original recyclables. They provide beneficial reuses in several natural areas which benefit all of us,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner.

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Mayor Turner and Sid Evans of Reliant Energy with parts of the “holiday tree.”

The city turns the trees into mulch that it sells, and also uses to maintain city hiking trails. Approximately 750,000 tons of trees have been recycled over the past 29 years in Houston.

“It can be used as fertilizer, it can provide a great winter blanket for the yard, or for the flower bed,” said Harry Hays, director of Houston’s Solid Waste Management. “It is the first step, what do I have and how can I reuse it?”

There are 25 locations across the city where you can drop off your trees through January 26. Flocked trees cannot be recycled, and be sure to remove tinsel, ornaments, lights and stands before recycling your Christmas tree.

Here are the locations that accept trees:

OPEN Wednesday – Sunday 9am to 6pm

  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 (Ball Fields 4 and 5) – 7300 Memorial Drive
  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 (Westpark Closed Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2020)

  1. Westpark Consumer Recycling Center – 5900 Westpark
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The city’s Holiday Tree was chopped down to launch the recycling program.

LIVING EARTH – MON-FRI 7:00am to 5:00pm and Saturday 7:00am – 12pm
Living Earth will be closed Tuesday, December 31, 2019 and Wednesday, January 1, 2020

  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 – 16955 Katy- Hockley Rd
  13. Living Earth – 9306 FM 523, Freeport TX