Texas Disposal Systems 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 unflocked 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 unflocked 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 flocking, 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?

Christmas trees can be dropped off at any one of six TDS locations throughout the Central Texas region. They are as follows:

TDS Landfill

Mon-Sat 7 a.m. – Sunset / Sun Closed
3016 FM 1327 Creedmoor, TX 78610
(512) 421-1362

TDS & Garden-Ville Bee Cave
Mon-Fri 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. / Sat 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. / Sun Closed
4001 RR 620 S. Bee Cave, TX 78738
(512) 263-5265

TDS & Garden-Ville Georgetown
Mon-Fri 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. / Sat 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. / Sun Closed
250 W.L. Walden Dr., Georgetown, TX 78626
(512) 930-1715 

Garden-Ville Evans Rd. San Antonio
Mon-Fri 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. / Sat 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.  / Sun Closed
7561 E. Evans Rd. San Antonio, TX 78266
(210) 651-6115

Garden-Ville SARA San Antonio
Mon-Fri 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. / Sat & Sun Closed
1280 FM 1516 N., Converse, TX 78109
(210) 483-1951

Garden-Ville Victoria
Mon-Fri 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. / Sat 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. / Sun Closed
18125 FM 1686, Victoria, TX 77905
(361) 897-1500

When can Christmas trees be dropped off?

TDS is accepting trees and living greenery between December 26, 2019 – January 31, 2020*.

* All sites who are accepting trees (listed above) will be open December 26-January 31, with the exception of January 1 when they will be closed. Evans Rd. will also be closed December 31. SARA, Bee Cave and Victoria locations will have limited hours on December 31. Aside from these exceptions, normal hours apply.

How are Christmas trees recycled?

Unflocked Christmas trees and other ornament-free 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 organic holiday items be dropped off for recycling besides Christmas trees?

TDS will accept clean, unflocked, Christmas trees and ornament-free 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: Unflocked Christmas 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, make sure the material is tied and secured, per Texas law.

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

For cities with TDS Green Waste Service, TDS offers curbside pick-up of unflocked Christmas trees for recycling from the dates of Dec. 26, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020 as follows:

San Marcos/Kyle: Unflocked Christmas trees will be picked up curbside on regularly scheduled green waste pick-up days. Trees must be clear of décor, cut into 4’ pieces and must fit in your cart. Trees may be put in the cart or left at the curb. They will be brought to a collection station and ground into mulch.

Sunset Valley/Buda: Unflocked Christmas trees will be picked up curbside on regularly scheduled green waste pick-up days. Trees must be clear of décor, cut into 4’ pieces and set outside at the curb. They will be brought to a collection station and ground into mulch.

 Georgetown: Customers in the city limits of Georgetown can put unflocked Christmas trees at 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. Click here for specific service schedule information.

For specific questions regarding your area’s service, contact (800) 375-8375.

Can artificial Christmas trees be recycled?

No. Only real unflocked Christmas 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.