Don’t throw away your holiday tree; give it another life by recycling it! Starting December 26, City of Austin curbside customers can recycle their Christmas and holiday trees by leaving them at the curb on their regular collection day. All other residents can drop trees off at Zilker Park.

Set out your tree for curbside collection

Starting December 26, City of Austin curbside customers can recycle their trees at the curb. Set out your tree by 5:30 a.m. on your composting collection day.

  • Trees sprayed with flocking (artificial snow) are not accepted.
  • Remove all ornaments, decorations (including tinsel), lights and tree stands.
  • Do not place trees in bags.
  • Only natural trees are accepted for recycling.
  • Trees six feet or taller should be cut in half.

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Drop off your tree at Zilker Park

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All Austinites can drop off of their trees for recycling at Zilker Park, even if they are not Austin Resource Recovery customers. 

  • Trees sprayed with flocking (artificial snow) are not accepted.
  • Remove all ornaments, decorations (including tinsel), lights and tree stands.
  • Do not place trees in bags.
  • Only natural trees are accepted for recycling.

 Remove all ornaments, decorations, lights and tree stands image   Do not place tree in a bag image    Trees with flocking (artificial snow) are not accepted image

Drop off is between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Sunday, December 31, 2022

  • Saturday, January 7, 2023

  • Sunday, January 8, 2023

Volunteer with us

Holiday tree recycling volunteers are needed to help direct cars dropping off trees, haul trees from cars to the large pile of trees and ensure that trees are free of decorations and plastic/tinsel. There are two volunteer shifts each day of the event: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 12 to 2 p.m., and anyone 18 or older can participate. Volunteers will receive a boxed lunch, courtesy of H-E-B Central Market, and a volunteer staff T-shirt. If you or your organization is interested, register to volunteer during the collection days.


Get free mulch

Trees collected at Zilker Park will be turned into mulch, and will be available for free on a first-come, first-served basis beginning January 12 at 9 a.m. (date and time subject to change due to weather). Please bring your own tools and storage containers for loading and transporting the mulch.


Drop off your tree in another location

Free drop-off locations

Individual trees will be accepted free of cost at the locations listed below. However, a contamination fee will be added to any trees with tags, decorations and/or plastic. Contact the location for fees and information about dropping off multiple trees at once.

Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant

2210 FM 973, Austin, Texas | A government-issued photo ID is required for entry.

  • Drop off is free for Austin and Travis County residents, but others pay $7 per cubic yard.
  • Brush from commercial contractors is not accepted. 
  • For more information call 512-974-4343 

Texas Disposal Systems

  • TDS Landfill Creedmoor: 3016 FM 1327, Creedmoor, Texas, 78610
  • TDS and Garden-Ville Bee Cave: 4001 RR 620 South, Bee Cave, Texas, 78738

Whittlesey Landscape Supplies

  • 3219 S IH 35 Round Rock, Texas 78664
  • 629 Dalton Lane, Austin, Texas 78742

Kinser Ranch LLC.

10701 Kinser Lane, Austin, Texas 78736

Good Guys Tree Service

10713 Ranch Rd. 620 North, Austin, TX 78726

Travis County Collection Center

2625 Woodall Dr. Cedar Park, Texas 78613

Travis County East Service Center

6011 Blue Bluff Rd Austin, Texas 78724

Travis County West Service Center

4501 FM 620 Austin, TX 78732

Del Valle Softball Complex

3614 FM 973 Del Valle, Texas 78617 (behind the Southwest Rural Center)


Drop-off locations with a fee

These locations have varying fees. Call for more information. 

Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant

2210 FM 973, Austin, Texas | A government-issued photo ID is required for entry.

  • Drop off is free for Austin and Travis County residents, but others pay $7 per cubic yard.
  • Brush from commercial contractors is not accepted.
  • For more information call 512-974-4343 

Austin Wood Recycling

3875 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park, TX 78613