Solid Waste Management Department

24th Annual City of Houston Holiday Tree Recycling KICK-OFF

Christmas Tree Recycling

City of Houston 


Harry J. Hayes, Director Annise D. Parker, Mayor
For more information, please contact:
City of Houston Solid Waste Management
Sandra Jackson 
(832) 393-0487 office 

Irma Reyes 
(832) 393-0475 office 



Mayor Annise Parker

City officials, along with representatives from Reliant, an NRG company, and Living Earth, watched as the official city holiday tree was cut into small pieces and mulched for the 24th year in a row. The purpose of the event is to encourage residents to recycle their holiday trees, saving landfill space and disposal costs.

“A fresh tree is a holiday tradition in thousands of homes across the area, and the city of Houston makes it easy for us to do the right thing by recycling them at the end of the season,” said Elizabeth Killinger, president of NRG Retail and Reliant. “Making the best use of the resources we have is one of the ways that we can make our communities more sustainable, and NRG and Reliant are proud to support the city in this endeavor.”

Residents can recycle their trees by dropping them off at one of eighteen (18) free, drop-off, recycling sites located throughout Houston. The program runs from December 27, 2014 to January 8, 2015. All facilities are closed New Year’s Day, January 1, 2015. In addition to the drop-off locations, residents with City of Houston collection may place their tree curbside on their scheduled Tree Waste day and it will be recycled. Trees that are collected for recycling will be ground into mulch that is available in bulk directly from Living Earth or available in bags as Living Earth Houston Mulch sold at Houston area retailers.

The trees must have all decorations, ornaments, tinsel, lights and stands removed. Flocked trees cannot be recycled. Trees may be dropped off at the following eighteen (18) locations city-wide.

OPEN Wed. - Sun., 9:00am to 6:00pm

Mon. - Sat. 8:00am to 5:00pm, CLOSED SUNDAY

OPEN DAILY, 9:00am to 6:00pm

  • Doss Park (gates close at 5) - 2500 Frick Road
  • Memorial Park (Ball Fields 4 and 5) - 7300 Memorial Drive
  • T.C. Jester Park - 4200 T.C. Jester West
  • Kingwood – Bens View Lane @ Bens Branch Drive
  • Elington Airport Recycling Drop-off –HWY 3@ Brantley Road

MON-FRI 7:30am to 5:00pm and Saturday 7:00am - 12pm

  • Living Earth - 5625 Crawford Road
  • Living Earth - 1503 Industrial Drive (Gessner @ Hwy 90)
  • Living Earth - 1700 Highway 90A East
  • Living Earth - 12202 Cutten Road
  • Living Earth – 16138 Highway 6
  • Living Earth – 5210 S. Sam Houston Pkwy.

The Solid Waste Management Department would also like to remind residents to remember their Odds and Evens. SWMD collects Tree Waste only in the ODD numbered months of January, March, May, July, September and November. Tree Waste is clean wood waste such as tree limbs, branches and stumps.

Junk waste is collected in the EVEN numbered months of February, April, June, August, October and December and is defined as lumber, furniture, appliances with the Freon removed and other bulk items.

Residents are limited to eight cubic yards (two pickup beds full) per monthly collection.




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For more information about the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department and its services, please log on to www.houstonsolidwaste.org, like us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/houstonsolidwaste or call the City of Houston Customer Service Line at 3-1-1.