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How To Recycle Your Christmas Trees

Brooke Lewis
Posted on January 9   |   Updated on July 7
A man carrying a Christmas tree and holding his child's hand with his free hand. The little girl is wearing a red jacket and white and red pajama pants. The man is wearing a yellow jacket

Where can you drop off those live Christmas trees? (Getty Images)

The holidays are over, and if you aren’t dawdling about taking your tree down (I may keep mine up until the end of the month), there are places around the city where you can safely recycle your real Christmas tree.

Houston’s Solid Waste Management Department has several drop-off spots open until Jan. 31. The trees will be collected and recycled by Living Earth, a manufacturer and retailer of mulch, compost and soil products. Your tree can also be picked up during designated Tree Waste days for the city. Type in your address to see your designated pick-up day.

Before recycling, your live Christmas tree you must remove:

  • Lights
  • Tinsel
  • Ornaments
  • Nails
  • Stands
  • Non-organic decorations.
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