Where and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Arizona in January 2018
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
If it has just snowed; see
this page about how to make snocones from real snow!
Your kids will love it!
Click here for the list of winter sleigh ride locations!
See our easy recipes to
Chocolate Yule log
click here to make your own low-fat,
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! Then come back to our
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Arizona: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays
Apache Junction, AZ
- Instead of sending a live tree to a
landfill, give a gift back by recycling your Christmas tree (treecycle).
Residents are asked to remove all nails, stands, tinsel, lights and
ornaments from the trees. Flocked and artificial trees will not be
accepted because they do not break down in the environment.
December 26 to February 1st. All Day at Propsector Park - 3015 N. Idaho
Rd. Paws & Claws Care Center - 725 E. Baseline Rd., Apache Junction, AZ
85119. Phone: 480) 982-1055.
- Chandler, Arizona
- Christmas Tree Collection at the Curb:
Christmas trees are collected at the curb on recycling collection days
December 26 through mid-January. Set your Christmas tree at the edge of
your driveway for collection. DO NOT place trees in your recycling
container, in the street.
Christmas Tree Drop Off Sites - Map (PDF)
. Christmas tree drop off
sites are available throughout the City December 26 through January 15,
and one is likely near you. Follow us on social media to get more
holiday tips and timely updates.
NEIGHBORHOOD DROP-OFF SITES - December
26, 2017, through January 12, 2018
CURBSIDE COLLECTION* - Dec. 26, 2017 through Jan. 12, 2018
- West Chandler Park, 250 S. Kyrene Rd.
- Desert Breeze Park, 660 N. Desert Breeze Blvd. E.
- Arrowhead Meadows Park, 1475 W. Erie St.
- Shawnee Park, 1400 W. Mesquite St.
- Pima Park, 625 N. McQueen Rd.
- Folley Park, 601 E. Frye Rd.
- Chuparosa Park, 2400 S. Dobson Rd.
- Snedigar Sportsplex, 4625 S. Alma School Rd.
- Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd.
- Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E Chandler Heights Rd.
Recycling-Solid Waste Collection Center, 955 E. Queen Creek Rd. (closed Tue/Wed)
Available to Chandler residents paying for City-provided solid waste
Place tree at edge of driveway (not in the street) before 6 a.m. on your
collection day. A
separate collection truck will collect trees.
DONATING LIVE POTTED TREES
- DO NOT block sidewalk for pedestrian use
- DO NOT place the tree in street or alley ways
- DO NOT place tree in a recycling, trash or alley containers
- DO NOT place tree in bags
- DO remove tree stands, nails, ornaments, garland, lights, etc.
Live potted Christmas trees can be donated for replanting at City parks
by calling 480-782-2752.
- Four recycling drop-off sites will accept
Christmas trees from December 26, through the end of the first full week
of January, 24 hours a day. Please remove all decorations, tree stands
and lighting. Trees are chipped and used for mulch and ground cover for
a local farm. Please call Goodyear Environmental Services at
623-932-3010 or visit goodyearaz.gov/trash for more information.
City Park adjacent to Estrella Mountain High School, 12795 S. Estrella
2. Eagle's Nest side of PebbleCreek community, 3645
N. Clubhouse Drive, 85395.
3. Palm Valley Park, 13133 W. Monte Vista
4. Goodyear Ballpark parking lot at corner of Goodyear
Boulevard and Estrella Parkway (South of Yuma Road), 85338.
- Collected trees are taken to the Salt
River Landfill and chipped into nutrient rich mulch and composting
products. Benefits from recycling these trees include extending the
life of the landfill and reusing natural and limited resources.
Please remember to remove all nails, tree stands, lights and
decorations. These items damage the grinding equipment. Also,
wreaths, snow flocked trees and artificial trees cannot be recycled.
Small items can be placed in the black barrel and a bulk item pickup
can be requested for larger items.
There are a number of options
available - click the links for details, dates, times, and
Drop-off Collection Sites
Green Waste Barrel Program - Residents participating in the
Green Waste Barrel Program may place their trees inside their green
barrel. To ensure collection, the tree must fit completely inside
the container with the lid properly closed.
Curbside Pick-up - Curbside pickup
of your Christmas tree is available for $20.99. Simply call (480)
644-6789 for more details or to schedule a pickup time.
(Unfortunately due to the collection process, trees collected
through this curbside option will not be recycled.)
Salt River Landfill - Christmas
trees may be taken directly to the Salt River Landfill with a
current Arizona driver's license anytime Monday through Saturday
between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the month of January. The Salt
River Landfill is located at Gilbert Road and the Beeline Highway.
There is no charge for recycling your tree but a disposal fee will
apply if disposing of other materials during the same visit.
Live Christmas Tree Donation Program
- The City of Mesa also accepts the donation of live potted
Christmas trees, five feet or taller, for planting at City parks.
- The Public Works Department offers Phoenix residents a green way to
take down their Christmas trees and wreaths. Trees or wreaths may be
dropped off for recycling at any of the participating Phoenix parks
anytime between Saturday, December 26 and Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. Drop Off
Deer Valley Park - 19th Ave. and Utopia
Paradise Valley Park - 40th St. south of Union Hills Dr.
Sereno Park - 56th St. and Sweetwater Ave.
Cactus Park - 38th Ave.
and Cactus Rd.
Mountain View Park - Seventh Ave. south of Peoria Ave.
North Gateway Transfer Station - 30205 N. Black Canyon Hwy. (Dixileta
Marivue Park - 59th Ave. and Osborn Rd.
Washington Park - 23rd Ave. and Maryland Ave.
Madison Park - 16th St.
and Glenrosa Ave.
Los Olivos Park - 28th St. and Devonshire Ave.
Desert West Park - 67th Ave. and Encanto Blvd.
Reposo Park - Seventh St. and Alta Vista Rd.
Mountain Vista Park -
50th St. just north of Ray Rd.
Desert Foothills Park - Desert
Foothills and Chandler Blvd.
Cesar Chavez Park - 35th Ave. and
27th Avenue Transfer Station - 3060 S. 27th Ave.
Click here for the complete list of locations. and much more information
- Christmas trees will be picked up the week of January 12th on your
normal solid waste collection day. Please have trees curbside by 6
a.m. on your normal collection day and cleared of all decorations
and stands. Please do not bag trees. City of Prescott residential
solid waste customers may also dispose of their live Christmas trees
at the Transfer Station for free anytime after Christmas Day through
Saturday January 20th. No plastic trees will be picked up
during this collection.
For information, please call
- Keep your holiday tree out of the landfill! Drop it off at the
Compost Yard or Kiwanis Park Recreation Center instead so it can be
recycled. Please do not place trees in garbage containers. This takes
the space needed for household garbage and creates spillage when the
containers are emptied. If you are unable to drop off your tree, you can
recycle it in your green organics pile. Check your 2018 Bulk Trash and
Green Organics Schedule here. Please make sure you follow the program
guidelines and keep the tree in your yard until the weekend before your
For more information call 480-350-4311.
Drop off locations:
Compost Yard, North Rio Road Tempe, AZ 85281
(Intersection of Hardy Drive and Rio Salado Parkway)
Recreation Center, 6111 W. All-America Way (parking lot on west side)
Trees can be dropped off 24 hours a day, seven days a week through
January 31, 2018. Please remove tree stands and nails, ornaments,
lights, garland, and tinsel so the tree can be composted.
Tucson, Arizona -
- Starting December 26 and every day during daylight
hours through January 15th. The city does not collect Christmas
trees from curbs and alleys. Residents must bring their trees to one of
the free program's 12 drop- off locations. trees can be brought to a
special tree-grinding from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 10, when city officials
will do grinding in the east parking lot of the Rillito Race Track, 4502
N. First Ave. For more information call 791-5000. the City of Tucson's
TreeCycle Program. Your Christmas tree is a sustainable resource.
Remove everything from the tree, including the stand, before dropping
off at the TreeCycle sites. They cannot mulch stands, ornaments, wire,
tinsel, etc. Also remember to Tree Pool and bring your neighbor's tree —
fewer trips means cleaner air. The City of Tucson will grind
Christmas trees and will have chips available to the public at Randolph
Golf Course & Los Reales Landfill after January 4, 2018. Bring your own
container and take home free wood chips for your garden. Please be
considerate of others. If you want large amounts of chips, please pick
up at Los Reales Landfill.The city's TreeCycle
drop- off sites are:
The following TreeCycle sites are open during daylight hours, seven days
a week (unless noted):
Oro Valley Naranja Park, 810 W. Naranja Dr., (Only open
through January 7, 2018)
Tank's Roll-offs & Recycling, 7301 E Speedway (turn
north on Prudence Rd., Open M-F, 7 am - 4 pm; Sat, 7 am - 2 pm; ONLY
DURING BUSINESS HOURS
Golf Links Sports Park, 2400 S. Craycroft Rd. (7 am - 5 pm)
Tucson Rodeo Grounds, on 3rd Ave. (east of Rodeo
Grounds, on S. 3rd Ave.)
Los Reales Landfill, 5300 E. Los Reales Rd. (Entrance is at
intersection of Craycroft Rd. & Los Reales Rd., follow signs) 6am to 5 pm
Silverbell Site, (northeast corner of Silverbell
Rd. & Goret Rd (follow signs)
Purple Heart Park, 10050 E. Rita Rd.
Randolph Golf Course, 600 S. Alvernon Way, (southeast
corner of parking lot)