Where and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in New Mexico 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
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New Mexico: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Residential customers can drop off Christmas trees and holiday
lights for FREE recycling! Trees and lights may be dropped off
between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 2 through Sunday, Jan. 10,
- Montessa Park Convenience Center, 3512 Los Picaros
SE, (505) 873-6607
- Eagle Rock Convenience Center, 6301 Eagle
Rock NE, (505) 857-8318
- Ladera Golf Course, Coors and Ladera
NW, (505) 836-4449
Prepare Your Tree: Please remove all bags,
tree stands, decorations and lights from trees before dropping them
off to be mulched. Limit 5 trees per resident, no commercial
. Christmas trees will be chipped on
site and available free to the public to use as mulch while supplies
last. By recycling your Christmas tree, you are saving valuable
landfill space and giving back to the environment.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
The city will be accepting
Christmas trees for mulching free of charge starting on December 26
and continuing until January 21, all residents in the City of Santa
Fe can drop off their un-flocked
and de-ornamented tree at the following locations:
Road Recycling & Transfer Station (BuRRT) 2600 Buckman Road, Santa
- All County Convenience Centers except Rancho Viejo
Accepting trees thru January 21, 2018
- City of Santa Fe
Environmental Services Division – ESD - Recycle your real
Christmas tree by dropping it off at Franklin Miles Park (corner of
Camino Carlos Rey & Siringo Rd.) until February 2,.
that all ornaments and lights are removed from the tree. Flocked
trees are not accepted because it will contaminate the mulch used
for landscaping, erosion control, and composting. Mulch will be
available on a first come, first served basis.
Disposing of a real or artificial
Do not place an artificial or real tree
into a City recycling cart! You can place an artificial or real tree
in your trash cart. Make sure that the cart lid closes. If it sticks
out, ESD trucks cannot pick up your cart. If the tree is too big to
fit into a City trash cart, call ESD at 955-2200 and arrange for a
large item pickup. ESD customer service will schedule a collection
and provide the current charge information. Trees placed curbside
without being scheduled will not be collected.
NOTE: Do NOT drop
trees off at local nursery locations. They will NOT accept them
For more information,
or call: Environmental Services at 505-955-2200 or Santa
Fe Solid Waste Management Agency - 505-424-1850
Christmas Light Recycling in Sante Fe
(aka, "holiday lights" recycling)
businesses in the City and County of Santa Fe can recycle their
broken or unwanted Christmas lights for FREE. Rather than tossing in
your trash, these lights can be stripped for their valuable metals
and recycled, keeping them out of our landfill. All types of string
lights are accepted, including icicles and LEDs. The bulbs are okay
to leave on. You can drop them off for no charge at any of the
Buckman Road Recycling & Transfer Station
(BuRRT), 2600 Buckman Road, Santa Fe.
Capital Scrap Metal - will
pay $0.80 per pound, 1162 Cooks Lane, Santa Fe.
City of Santa
Fe, Environmental Services Division, 1142 Siler Road, Santa Fe.
County Transfer Stations - All transfer stations are accepting