New Life for Old Christmas Trees

Jan 23, 2020 - 4:43 pm

Pile of Christmas trees to be recycled, behind is the Austin skylineFollowing the festivities of the holiday season, Austinites gave their Christmas trees a second life by recycling them. After taking off the ornaments and decorations, Austin Resource Recovery (ARR) customers put their trees out for curbside pickup. Residents who were not curbside customers dropped off their trees at Zilker Metropolitan Park.

ARR then turned the recycled trees into free mulch for residents. Annually, Christmas tree recycling keeps nearly 20,000 trees out of area landfills, which contributes to the city’s goal of reaching zero waste by 2040. 

This was the 33rd year that the City of Austin offered Christmas tree recycling and plans are already underway for 2020. ARR and the Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) partner to provide this opportunity. Are you interested in volunteering this year? Follow ARR and PARD on Facebook to stay tuned in to events like this. 


33rd Annual Christmas Tree Recycling

Keeping Austin weird, residents found creative ways to transport their trees to Zilker Metropolitan Park

Tree drop off was available over two weekends, Dec. 28-29 and Jan. 4-5

48 volunteers helped residents unload their trees

Volunteers had fun and got cool t-shirts

ARR turned the discarded trees into something useful—free mulch for residents

On Jan. 16, Austinites brought shovels and buckets to pick up free mulch, made from the recycled trees