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:
Mon-Sat 7am-Sunset / Sun Closed
3016 FM 1327 Creedmoor, TX 78610
TDS & Garden-Ville Bee Cave
Mon-Fri 8am-5pm / Sat 8am-3pm / Sun Closed
4001 RR 620 S. Bee Cave, TX 78738
TDS & Garden-Ville Georgetown
Mon-Fri 8am-5pm / Sat 8am-3pm / Sun Closed
250 W.L. Walden Dr., Georgetown, TX 78626
Garden-Ville Evans Rd. San Antonio
Mon-Fri 7am-4pm / Sat Closed / Sun Closed
7561 E. Evans Rd. San Antonio, TX 78266
Garden-Ville SARA San Antonio
Mon-Fri 8am-4pm / Sat 7am-2pm / Sun Closed
1280 FM 1516 N., Converse, TX 78109
Mon-Fri 7am-5pm / Sat 7am-1pm / Sun Closed
18125 FM 1686, Victoria, TX 77905
When can Christmas trees be dropped off?
TDS is accepting trees and living greenery between December 26, 2018 – January 31, 2019*.
* 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. The Evans Road location will also be closed December 31. The 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 (meaning free from paints and artificial parts) 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: Christmas trees and decorations must be free of paints, 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 Services, TDS offers curbside pick-up of unflocked Christmas trees for recycling from December 26, 2018, to January 31, 2019, 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 foot or smaller pieces and must fit in your cart. 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 foot pieces and set outside near the trash cart. 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 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. Click here for specific service schedule information.
For specific questions regarding your area’s service, contact 1 (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.