Christmas Tree Recycling

Texas Disposal Systems (TDS) is accepting Christmas trees for recycling free of charge this holiday season.  TDS has been helping communities across Central Texas recycle their Christmas trees and organic holiday decorations in the greenest way possible for more than a decade. Beginning on December 26, residents can drop off their Christmas trees, holly, pumpkins, and other living decorations at the Christmas tree collection sites noted below. These living decorations will then be repurposed and made into nutrient-rich mulch and compost through the Texas Disposal Systems composting division. The finished composts and mulches will be available for purchase at Garden-Ville stores throughout Central Texas.

Trees and decorations must be free of lights, ornaments, metal, and other non-living contaminants. A $45 contamination fee will be assessed for trees and decorations that have not been cleaned. When bringing loads for drop off, please ensure that materials are tied and secured, per Texas law.

See below for a list of questions and answers regarding the program:

  • Where can Christmas trees be dropped off?

    TDS Landfill Creedmoor Mon-Sat 7am-Sunset / Sunday Closed
    3016 FM 1327 Creedmoor, TX 78610 Ph: 512.421.1362

    Garden-Ville Creedmoor Mon-Sat 7am-5pm / Sunday Closed
    3606 FM 1327, Creedmoor, TX 78610 Ph: 512.329.4900 

    TDS & Garden-Ville Bee Cave Mon-Sat 7am-5pm / Sunday Closed
    4001 RR 620 S. Bee Cave, TX 78738 Ph: 512.263.5265 

    TDS & Garden-Ville Georgetown Mon-Fri 8am-5pm / Sat 8am-3pm / Sunday Closed
    250 W.L. Walden Road, Georgetown, TX 78626 Ph: 512.930.1715 

    Garden-Ville Evans Rd. San Antonio Mon-Sat 7am-5pm / Sunday Closed
    7561 Evans Rd. San Antonio, TX 78266 Ph: 210.651.6115 

    Garden-Ville SARA Mon-Fri 7am-5pm / Sat 8am-12pm / Sunday Closed
    1280 FM 1516 North, San Antonio, TX 78283 Ph: 210.302.4200

  • When can Christmas trees be dropped off?

    December 26, 2016 – January 31, 2017*

    *All TDS locations will be closed January 1 for the holiday, with the exception of TDS Bee Cave which will also be closed December 31. Garden-Ville locations will be closed December 23 - 26 & December 30 - January 2.

  • How are Christmas trees composted?

    Christmas trees and other living decorations will be repurposed and made into nutrient-rich mulch and compost through the Texas Disposal Systems composting division. The finished composts and mulches will be available for purchase at Garden-Ville stores throughout Central Texas.

  • Can other items be dropped off for recycling besides Christmas trees?

    TDS will accept clean Christmas trees and organic decorations such as holly, pumpkins and other living decorations for recycling. 

  • Is there a fee for dropping off Christmas trees?

    No, this service is free.  

    Please note: Trees and decorations must be free of lights, ornaments, metal, and other non-living contaminants. A $45 contamination fee will be assessed for trees and decorations that have not been cleaned. When bringing loads for drop off, please ensure that materials are tied and secured, per Texas law.

  • If I’m a TDS customer and unable to drop off my live Christmas tree for recycling, does TDS offer curbside pick-up?

    For cities with TDS Green Waste Service, TDS offers curbside pick-up of Christmas trees for recycling from the dates of 12.26.16 – 1.31.17 as follows:  

    San Marcos/Kyle/Sunset Valley: Christmas trees will be picked up curbside on regularly scheduled green waste pick-up days. Tree must be clear of décor and must fit in your cart. These trees will be brought to a collection station and ground into mulch. 

    Georgetown: Customers in the city limits of Georgetown can put Christmas trees on the curb for collection on regular yard trimmings pick-up day. Trees seven feet in length or less can be placed at the curb uncut. Longer trees should be cut into sections. All curbside-collected yard trimmings are brought to the City’s Collection Station and ground into mulch. 

    For Georgetown city residents, yard trimmings collection day is on the first recycling day of the month. Look it up at recycle.georgetown.org. Select the  " What Are My Collection Days? " link and there are three options to find the service schedule.  

    For specific questions regarding your area’s service, contact 1.800.375.8375.

  • Can artificial Christmas trees be recycled?

    No. Only trees and other live/organic materials are able to be recycled.

  • How can artificial Christmas trees be disposed?

    TDS customers who need to dispose of their artificial trees may schedule a bulky pick up by calling 1.800.375.8375. Additional fees may apply.