Here's how to recycle your holiday tree in Richardson

Christmas tree.
Residents of Richardson can have holiday trees recycled into compost and mulch through a service provided by the city. (Courtesy Pexels)

Residents of Richardson can have holiday trees recycled into compost and mulch through a service provided by the city. (Courtesy Pexels)

Residents of Richardson can have holiday trees recycled into compost and mulch through a free service provided by the city until Feb. 1.

Trees can be dropped off at the city’s Municipal Service Center at 1260 Columbia Drive, Richardson. The center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, according to a city release.


Residents can also call 972-744-4111 to request a tree to be collected from the curb. City officials said residents should request that the tree be collected for composting when calling the service number.

Trees must comply with the following guidelines to ensure pickup:

  • Trees must be no more than four feet in length or 60 pounds each. If a tree is over 5 feet high, it must be cut into sections.

  • Trees must not be covered with a plastic bag.

  • Trees must be placed outside on regular trash and recycling collection days at the edge of the property and at least 3 feet from carts.

  • Supports of any kind, electrical wiring, lights, tinsel, ornaments and all other decorations must be removed.


Flocked trees are not accepted by the city. According to the Richardson website, the chemical component used in flocked trees prevents composting.

Flocked and artificial trees should be discarded as trash, according to the city website.
By Erick Pirayesh
Erick Pirayesh joined Community Impact Newspaper in May 2021. He is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado Journalism and Media Studies program. He previously served as editor-in-chief of The Channels student newspaper in Santa Barbara, California.