In the days after Christmas, some residents will go from gathering around the Christmas tree to wondering how to get rid of it. The city of Richardson has a few ways to dispose of them, along with any cardboard boxes leftover after gift giving.

What you need to know

Through Feb. 2, residents can recycle trees at the Municipal Service Center, located at 1260 Columbia Drive, 24/7.

Residents can also leave the trees at their curbs and call 972-744-4111 to request a brush and bulky item collection on their designated collection days. Those doing so are encouraged to request the tree be collected for composting when calling for collection.

To recycle or have a tree collected, the tree must be natural, have all adornments removed and be unflocked, meaning any artificial snow is removed.

Also of note

To encourage recycling and to prevent potential crime stemming from leaving empty boxes of high-priced items received during the holidays outside, the city has set up a number of temporary recycling locations for flattened cardboard boxes.

Temporary recycling locations, which are open through Feb. 2, can be found at the following:
  • Custer Park, 700 W. Renner Road
  • Richardson Recycle Center, 102 N. Cottonwood Drive
  • Huffhines Park, 1500 Apollo Road
  • Breckinridge Park, 5200 Park Vista Road