Curbside collection and Zilker Park drop-off events return
AUSTIN, TEXAS – Austin Resource Recovery (ARR) encourages the Austin community to give their holiday trees another life by repurposing them into mulch or compost. Beginning December 26, 2023, City of Austin curbside customers can place all-natural holiday trees curbside to be collected on their regularly scheduled composting collection day. Trees can also be dropped off at Zilker Park for recycling. The City of Austin has been recycling holiday trees for over thirty years!
Only all-natural trees are accepted. If being recycled curbside, trees should be set out by 5:30 a.m. All ornaments, decorations (including tinsel), lights and tree stands must be removed, and trees six feet or taller should be cut in half. Trees sprayed with flocking are not accepted and trees should not be placed in plastic bags.
All Austinites are invited to the 37th Annual Holiday Tree Recycling events, hosted by Austin Parks and Recreation and Austin Resource Recovery, at Zilker Park Polo Fields between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the following days:
- Saturday, December 30, 2023
- Saturday, January 6, 2024
- Sunday, January 7, 2024
Trees collected at Zilker Park will be turned into mulch. The mulch will be available for free on a first-come, first-served basis beginning January 10 at 9 a.m. (date and time subject to change due to weather).
For more information about holiday tree recycling, mulch availability or a list of alternative drop-off locations visit austintexas.gov/treerecycling.
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About Austin Resource Recovery
Austin Resource Recovery (ARR) is a department of the City of Austin. We provide essential services that protect people and our planet. We collect recycling, composting, trash, large brush, bulk items and dead animals. We also sweep the streets, recycle and safely dispose of household hazardous waste, and provide community outreach and education. ARR is driving the global transformation of traditional waste management to sustainable resource recovery. Learn more at austinrecycles.com.