Solid Waste Management Department

27th Annual City of Houston Christmas Tree Recycling Kick-Off


City of Houston 

Harry J. Hayes, Director
For more information, please contact:
City of Houston Solid Waste Management
Sylvester Turner, Mayor

Irma Reyes, Public Information Officer
(832) 393-0475 office 

Tyra Wilkins
(832) 393-0448 office 


January 5, 2018: City officials, along with representatives from Reliant Energy and Living Earth, watched as the official City holiday tree was cut into small pieces and mulched for the 27th year in a row. The annual event serves to encourage and remind residents to recycle their holiday trees, saving landfill space and disposal costs.

“Many families decorate their homes with a real traditional tree during December and the City’s recycling program provides a convenient way for residents to be good stewards and help support our City’s sustainability goals,” said Elizabeth Killinger, president of Reliant and NRG Retail. “As Houstonians, we at Reliant are committed to making our community a great place to live and work and we are happy to support this annual recycling tradition.”

From December 26, 2017 through January 15, 2018, residents can recycle their real (natural) trees by dropping them off at one of twenty-five (25) free recycling locations throughout Houston to the drop-off locations.

Additionally, SWMD will collect and recycle clean holiday trees left by residents at the curb on their scheduled Tree Waste collection day. Trees collected for recycling will be chipped, mixed with leaves, and recycled into rich mulch made available in bulk directly from Living Earth or in bags as Living Earth Houston Mulch sold at Houston area retailers.

The trees must have all decorations, ornaments, tinsel, lights and stands removed; trees that still have these items attached will be collected as garbage. Flocked trees will not be recycled. Residents are being asked to discard fake trees with regular trash.


OPEN Wednesday - Sunday 9am to 6pm

  1. Central Neighborhood Depository - 2240 Central St.
  2. Kirkpatrick Neighborhood Depository - 5565 Kirkpatrick
  3. Sommermeyer Neighborhood Depository - 14400 Sommermeyer
  4. N. Main Neighborhood Depository - 9003 N. Main
  5. Southwest Neighborhood Depository - 10785 SW Freeway
  6. Sunbeam Neighborhood Depository - 5100 Sunbeam
OPEN DAILY, 9am to 6pm
  1. Kingwood – Bens View Lane @ Bens Branch Drive
  2. Doss Park (gates close at 5) - 2500 Frick Road
  3. Memorial Park (Ball Fields 4 and 5) - 7300 Memorial Drive
  4. T.C. Jester Park - 4200 T.C. Jester West
  5. Elington Airport Recycling Drop-off –HWY 3@ Brantley Road
OPEN Monday - Saturday 8am to 5pm
  1. Westpark Consumer Recycling Center - 5900 Westpark
LIVING EARTH - MON-FRI 7:00am to 5:00pm and Saturday 7:00am - 12pm
  1. Living Earth - 5802 Crawford Rd.
  2. Living Earth - 1503 Industrial Drive
  3. Living Earth - 1700 HWY 90A East
  4. Living Earth - 12202 Cutten Road
  5. Living Earth - 16138 Highway 6
  6. Living Earth - 5210 S. Sam Houston Pkwy E
  7. Living Earth - 27733 Katy Freeway
  8. Living Earth - 10310 Beaumont Highway
  9. Living Earth - 17555 I-45 South
  10. Living Earth - 20611 US Hwy 59
  11. Living Earth - 1000 FM 1266
  12. Living Earth – 16955 Katy-Hockley Rd
  13. Living Earth – 9306 FM 523 (Lake Jackson)

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The Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) provides solid waste services to the citizens of Houston through the collection, disposal and recycling of discarded material in a manner that is safe, efficient, environmentally sound and cost-effective.