Where and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Alabama in January 2017
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
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
not specifically mentioned below, contact your trash collection agency and inquire!
See this page for local options to easily recycle your Christmas holiday lights
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Alabama: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays
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
Bay Minette Transfer Station: 4291 Nicholasville
Rd, Bay Minette, AL 36507.
Spanish Fort Volunteer Fire Dept:
7580 Spanish Ford Blvd, Spanish Fort, 36527.
14200 County Rd 64, Loxley, 36551.
Baldwin County Central Annex:
22251 Palmer St, Robertsdale, 36567.
Courthouse: 1100 Fairhope Ave, Fairhope, 36532.
Landfill: 15140 County Rd 49, Summerdale, 36580.
Courthouse: 201 E. Section Ave, Foley, 36535.
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
Zoo. Drop off natural trees free of ornaments, garland, etc. at the
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
- 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,
- 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
- 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
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
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
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
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
Ray Building (off Alabama 70 in Columbiana)
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.