How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas TreesWhere and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Alabama in January 2017

How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees

In many urban and suburban areas, Christmas trees are collected from curbside during the first 2 weeks in January. Be sure to remove all  remove all lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments, nails, stands,  other NON-Organic decorative materials and other materials that are not part of the original tree. This includes tree stands also.  Flocked trees are usually accepted, but not artificial trees. Large trees (larger than the standard 6 - 7 ft tree) may need to be cut in half to be acceptable by your garbage hauler. But scrroll down this page for more specific information and local links.

What happens to the trees? In most cases, the trees are chipped and made into a mulch which is usually made available, free to city or county residents. Important: Never burn your Christmas tree in a fireplace or wood stove. Burning the tree may contribute to creosote buildup and could cause a chimney fire.

Tips: Always follow the links (usually the name of the city or county) below for updated information, as these agencies often wait until the last minute to change dates or update their information (it's government, remember?). If your area is Grinding Christmas trees into mulchnot specifically mentioned below, contact your trash collection agency and inquire!

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Alabama: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays

  • Auburn and Opelika - The Keep Opelika Beautiful and Opelika Tree Commission hosts a Christmas tree Recycling Event at the Opelika Chamber of Commerce parking lot. This takes place the Saturday after Christmas from 8am-12pm. Citizens receive a tree seedling in exchange for the tree.
  • Baldwin County - Trees free of decorations can be brought to any of the following locations. For more information on the Annual Baldwin County Christmas Tree Recycling Program, call (251)972-6878.
    Bay Minette Transfer Station: 4291 Nicholasville Rd, Bay Minette, AL 36507.
    Spanish Fort Volunteer Fire Dept: 7580 Spanish Ford Blvd, Spanish Fort, 36527.
    MacBride Landfill: 14200 County Rd 64, Loxley, 36551.
    Baldwin County Central Annex: 22251 Palmer St, Robertsdale, 36567.
    Fairhope Satellite Courthouse: 1100 Fairhope Ave, Fairhope, 36532.
    Magnolia Landfill: 15140 County Rd 49, Summerdale, 36580.
    Foley Satellite Courthouse: 201 E. Section Ave, Foley, 36535.
    Perdido Beach Volunteer Fire Dept: 8450 Escambia Ave, Perdido Beach, 36530
  • Birmingham - curbside pickup. Treesare chipped by the city as part of their normal landscaping and yard debris removal service on regularly scheduled pickup days. This news story has more information . The Birmingham Zoo and the Mountain Brook Tree Commission are working together to recycle natural Christmas trees at the Birmingham Zoo. Drop off natural trees free of ornaments, garland, etc. at the zoo's picnic area until January 6. The trees will be turned into mulch and used to control erosion throughout the zoo.
  • Cullman - Drop off your trees in front of the Aquaculture Center of Gadsden State Community College. The tree branches will be dropped into the school's ponds to encourage the spawning of yellow perch. The college is located on Wallace Drive in Gadsden.
  • Dothan - Drop off natural Christmas trees at Dothan Utilites' 200 Kilgore Drive location, December 29th through January 9th. Please remove all decorations and ornaments prior to bringing your tree for chipping.
  • Enterprise -
  • Fairhope - Trees will be picked up during regular scheduled trash days through February 22nd. Mulch created from those trees will be available at no cost to residents on Arbor Day (Feb. 27) from 9:00 a.m. until noon at the Public Works Warehouse located at 555 S. Section Street. If you have questions, call 251-990-0192.
  • Enterprise - There are 2 options: Natural Christmas trees are picked up curbside and are chipped by the city as part of their normal landscaping and yard debris removal service. Or Christmas trees can be brought to the City's shop on Lester Drive, entering the gate closest to Harrand Creek, between 7AM and 4:30PM. Some trees will be ground for mulch while others will be deposited in local ponds to create fish habitat.
  • Gardendale - Old Christmas trees are picked up curbside and are chipped by the city as part of their normal landscaping and yard debris removal service. Mulch generated goes to Gardendale city landscaping.
  • Homewood - From 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. on December 26 through January 9 natural, decoration free Christmas trees can be brought to the corner parking lot at Dale and Grace St. The trees will be recycled and the mulch will be used for paths at the Homewood City School's Community Garden. Decoration-free, natural trees can also be dropped off in the designated areas in the back rear parking lot of the Homewood Public Library.
  • Hoover - Christmas trees will be picked up curbside in January and are chipped by the city as part of their normal landscaping and yard debris removal service on regularly scheduled pickup days. There will also be a drop-off site on Municipal Lane, across from the Lake House. Signs will be posted on Municipal Lane after Christmas.
  • Huntsville - Natural Christmas trees can be dropped off at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens mulch pile (East of the main entrance) beginning December 26 through January 17. The trees will be recycled and the mulch will added to the cities mulch pile. Mulch is free for citizens of Huntsville to use in their own landscaping. For questions or concerns please contact the Huntsville Botanical Gardens at 256-830-4447.
  • Mobile - Keep Mobile Beautiful will be collecting decoration-free, natural Christmas trees beginning December 26 and running through January 9. Trees may be delivered anytime to the locations listed below. These locations will be staffed to help unload trees from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on December 29, 30 and January 5 and 6. Trees are chipped and the mulch generated is available for public use beginning in January. Flocked trees will not be accepted. For questions, please contact Keep Mobile Beautiful at 251-208-6029. Holiday lights can be recycled at the Metro Recycling Center. Lights collected at the center are donated to the Master Gardeners for various community garden projects!Take your tree to any of the following locations:
    Parkway Plaza -- 2655 Dauphin Island Parkway
    2501 Government Boulevard -- in front of Food World
    Wildwood Shopping Center -- 4055 Cottage Hill west of Azalea
    Airport at University -- behind the BP Station
    Westwood Plaza -- Airport at Schillinger
    Park Forest Center -- Moffet at Forest Hill Drive
  • Montgomery - On the two Saturdays after Christmas from 9 am to 3 pm, natural Christmas trees free of ornaments and decorations can be brought to any Saturday Trash Collection Point see the list below. Trees will be recycled as mulch or used for fish hatcheries in local lakes. For questions please contact the City of Montgomery at 334-241-2925. The Montgomery Clean City Commission and the Alabama Department of Conservation, the City of Montgomery will recycle natural, decoration-free Christmas trees by either mulching or sinking them into public fishing lakes to form fish habitats. Note that trees put out by the road will not be recycled.
    Bellingrath Jr. High, Cramton Bowl, Crump Elementary, Dannelly Elementary, Goodwyn Jr. High, Halcyon Elementary, Harrison Elementary, Hayneville Road Elementary, Morningview Elementary, Sheridan Heights Community Center, Southlawn Middle School, Vaughn Road Elementary, Wares Ferry Elementary.
  • Mountain Brook - Drop off natural Christmas trees (free of decorations) at the zoo's picnic area next to the parking lot during normal business hours, December 26th through January 6th. The trees will be turned into mulch for use at the zoo. Note that trees left at curbside will not be recycled. This is a partnership between the Mountain Brook Tree Commission and the Birmingham Zoo.
  • Prattville - Natural Christmas trees can be dropped at the Recycling Cente, 122 Ridgewood Road (across from Mac Gray Park) on January 6th from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm. Remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel, and other decorations. The trees will be mulched and used in landscaping throughout Prattville. You can also put your natural tree at curbside on your normal Residential Yard Trash collection day and the Sanitation Dept  will collect it for recycling.
  • Tuscaloosa - Each year, the city of Tuscaloosa Environmental Services Department hosts a Christmas Tree Recycling Event. Real Christmas trees, along with real garland and wreaths, can be dropped off during the two weeks following Christmas at old Bruno's parking lot on McFarland Blvd. The trees, garland and wreaths are used in a multitude of projects including mulched landscaping applications, erosion control, and fish-bed habitats in local lakes and rivers. Christmas trees, garland and wreaths must be stripped of all decorations. Artificial trees, wreaths and garland will not be accepted. For questions, please contact the Environmental Services Dept. at 205-248-4900.
  • Shelby County-County citizens can drop off their trees for recycling on December 26 through the first week in January at the following locations:
    Pelham City Park (off US 31 in Pelham)
    Ray Building (off Alabama 70 in Columbiana)
    Chelsea City Hall
    Heardmont Park on U.S. 119
    Propst Alabaster LLC (formerly Colonial Properties Alabaster, at the end of the AmStar Theater parking lot)
    All drop areas are located in parking lots and designated with orange traffic cones and signs.
  • Vestavia - Decoration free, natural Christmas trees can be dropped off at Scout Square (The Christmas Tree Lot) right off of Highway 31 in Vestavia. Donated trees are used as fish habitats in the lakes on the properties of Alabama Power.

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