How and where to recycle Christmas trees in Houston

According to the Houston Solid Waste Management Department, residents in neighborhoods with a designated tree waste day can leave their trees on the curb on that day for free pickup. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
According to the Houston Solid Waste Management Department, residents in neighborhoods with a designated tree waste day can leave their trees on the curb on that day for free pickup. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

According to the Houston Solid Waste Management Department, residents in neighborhoods with a designated tree waste day can leave their trees on the curb on that day for free pickup. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Houston residents have several options to recycle their natural Christmas trees before Jan. 31.

According to the Houston Solid Waste Management Department, residents in neighborhoods with a designated tree waste day can leave their trees on the curb on that day for free pickup.


Trees must have all lights, decorations and stands removed and must not be coated with fake snow. Artificial trees are not recyclable.

Alternatively, residents can drop off trees at the locations listed below. Note that the depositories and the Westpark Consumer Recycling Center are closed New Year's Day and Jan. 18 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Neighborhood depositories (open Wed.-Sun. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

  • Central Neighborhood Depository, 2240 Central St.

  • Kirkpatrick Neighborhood Depository, 5565 Kirkpatrick Blvd.

  • Sommermeyer Neighborhood Depository, 14400 Sommermeyer St.

  • N. Main Neighborhood Depository, 9003 N. Main St.

  • Southwest Neighborhood Depository, 10785 Southwest Freeway

  • Sunbeam Neighborhood Depository, 5100 Sunbeam St.

  • Westpark Consumer Recycling Center, 5900 Westpark Drive (Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.)


Alternate drop-off locations (open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m.)


  • Kingwood Branch Library, 4400 Bens View Lane, Kingwood

  • Doss Park, 2500 Frick Road

  • Memorial Park softball parking lot (adjacent to Valle-Asche Playground)

  • T.C. Jester Park, 4200 W. T.C. Jester Blvd.

  • Elington Airport Recycling, 246 Loop Road, Houston


The compost company Living Earth offers these drop-off locations across the area Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sat. 7 a.m.-noon. except for Jan. 1, when they are closed.


  • 5802 Crawford Road

  • 1503 Industrial Drive, Missouri City

  • 700 Hwy. 90A E., Richmond

  • 12202 Cutten Road

  • 16138 Hwy. 6

  • 5210 S. Sam Houston Parkway E.

  • 27733 Katy Freeway, Katy

  • 10310 Beaumont Hwy.

  • 17555 I-45 S., Conroe

  • 20611 US 59, New Caney

  • 1000 FM 1266, Dickinson

  • 9306 FM 523, Freeport

By Matt Dulin
Matt joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2018 and is the City Editor for Houston's Inner Loop editions.


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