Don’t throw away your Christmas tree; give it another life by recycling it! Starting Dec. 26, City of Austin curbside customers can recycle their trees by leaving them at the curb on their regular collection day. All other residents can drop trees off at Zilker Park.

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Curbside Collections

Starting Dec. 26, City of Austin curbside customers can recycle their trees at the curb! Please remove all decorations from tree. Please set out your tree by 6:30 a.m. on your regular collection day and remove all decorations and stands from the tree. Trees over 6 feet should be cut in half. Do not place tree in a plastic bag.
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Zilker Park Drop-off

Not a City of Austin curbside customer? No problem! All residents can drop off their trees for recycling at Zilker Park. Trees with flocking (artificial snow) are not accepted, please remember to remove all decorations and stands.  Drop off is between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019
  • Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019
  • Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020
  • Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020

Trees collected will be turned into mulch and will be available for free on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Jan. 16, 9 a.m. Please bring your own tools and storage containers for loading and transporting the mulch. 

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Volunteer Opportunities 

Volunteer shifts will be from 10am - 12pm or 12pm - 2pm each day of the event. We suggest that you dress according to the weather and bring a water bottle and a pair of work gloves if you have them available. We will provide T-shirts, snacks, and warm drinks for volunteers. This year, the age limit on volunteers is 18 and above. RSVP to volunteer by contacting Meredith Gauthier at meredith.gauthier@austintexas.gov with your desired shift date and time.


Alternative Drop-Off Locations

Free Drop-Off Locations

Tree will be accepted free of cost at the locations listed below. However, a contamination fee will be added to any trees with tags, decorations, and/or plastic remaining.
 

Texas Disposal Systems

  • TDS Landfill Creedmoor: 3016 FM 1327, Creedmoor, Texas, 78610
  • TDS & Garden-Ville Bee Cave: 4001 RR 620 South, Bee Cave, Texas, 78738

Whittlesey Landscape Supplies

  • 3219 S IH 35 Round Rock, Texas 78664
  • 629 Dalton Lane, Austin, Texas 78742

Travis County Transfer Station

  • 2625 Woodall Dr. Leander, Texas 78613

Travis County East Service Center

  • 6011 Blue Bluff Rd Austin, Texas 78724

Travis County West Service Center

  • 4501 FM 620 Austin, TX 78732

Del Valle Softball Complex (Behind the Southwest Rural Center)

  • 3614 FM 973 Del Valle, Texas 78617

 

Drop-Off Locations with a Fee

Locations listed below have varying fees. Call for more information. 
 

Kinser Ranch LLC.
$20/per load
For more information: 512-477-9025
10701 Kinser Lane, Austin, Texas 78736

Austin Wood Recycling
$5.00/per tree
For more information: 512-259-7430
3875 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park, TX 78613

Good Guys Tree Service
Prices vary
For more information: 512-743-3909
10713 Ranch Rd. 620 North, Austin, TX 78726

Austin Tree Surgeons
Pickup requests only after Jan. 1. Prices start at $25 for pickup and disposal.
For more information: 512-301-4400
150 Pemberton Way, Austin, TX 78737