How to dispose of your Christmas tree in Austin

According to a press release, the city’s disposal efforts are preventing 20,000 trees from landing in landfills in the area. (Courtesy of Austin Resource Recovery)

The City of Austin offers a number of services to residents to compost their vacation trees or recycle them as mulch. According to a city press release on December 20, these efforts have kept around 20,000 trees out of landfills.

Austin City curbside customers can leave their curbside trees for pickup.

“Starting December 26, Austin Resource Recovery will be picking up all-natural trees, as well as yard waste, on regular collection days,” the press release said.

He added that trees over 6 feet should be cut in half and all trees should be placed curbside by 6:30 a.m.

Residents, including those who do not have curbside recycling, can also drop off their trees at Zilker Park on January 2, 8 or 9 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

“Whether residents choose to recycle their curbside tree or as part of our tree recycling events at Zilker Park in January, they should remove all decorations from their tree (including garlands) and tree stands. ‘trees. Flocked trees are not accepted, ”said Alyssa Armstrong, public information specialist at Austin Resource Recovery, in an email.

She added that the trees should not be placed in plastic bags.

Mulch from recycled trees will be available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis starting Jan. 12 at 9 a.m., Armstrong said. Trees collected from the curb will be turned into compost at Organics by Gosh.

Alternative locations provided by Travis County or companies that take natural trees are available on the City of Austin website. According to a December 22 Travis County press release, residents of Travis County can lay trees free of charge from December 26 through January. 10 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Additionally, Texas Disposal Systems has listed six tree repository sites on its website, including locations in Bee Cave and Georgetown. For these sites, the deposit starts on December 27 and is also free.

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