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Post-holiday options for your Christmas tree

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Tampa, Florida -- As you begin to pack up the holiday decorations, you may be wondering what to do with your Christmas tree after the holidays. 

Both Hillsborough and Pinellas County have several free options for getting rid of Christmas trees. 

Hillsborough County

Pickup at the Curb

Curbside pickup of live Christmas trees is available to County solid waste customers by following these steps:

  • Remove all decorations, lights and tinsel
  • Cut the tree into sections no larger than 4 feet long and 6 inches in diameter, and
  • Place curbside on your regular yard waste collection day.

Drop it Off

Hillsborough County solid waste customers can skip the hassle and work of cutting their live Christmas trees into smaller pieces for curbside pickup by taking trees directly to a Yard Waste Processing Facility.

The sites are open Monday through Saturday (with the exception of holidays, such as Christmas Day and New Year's Day) from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.:

  • Falkenburg Road/Resource Recovery Facility: 350 Falkenburg Road in Brandon, Phone: 813-744-5599
  • South County: 13001 U.S. Highway 41in Gibsonton, Phone: 813-671-7611
  • Northwest: 8001 W. Linebaugh Ave. in Tampa, Phone: 813-264-3816

Artificial trees are not accepted at the yard waste sites.

Recycle and Reuse

Another idea is to chop or grind live Christmas trees and use as mulch around trees, shrubs and flower beds. For more ideas and information regarding recycling live Christmas trees, contact: Lynn Barber, Hillsborough County Extension, BarberL@HillsboroughCounty.org, 813-744-5519 ext. 54105. 

Pinellas County 

Recycle Christmas trees so they can be processed into useful mulch. Remember to remove all decorations, including hooks, garland, tinsel and lights. 

The following cities offer Christmas tree recycling:

  • Belleair: Curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. For information, call (727) 588-3769, ext. 401.
  • Clearwater: Curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. For information, call (727) 562-4920.
  • Dunedin: Curbside collection with yard waste on regular day from 12/26/13 - 1/10/14. Residents without curbside yard waste pickup can plan a pickup day with their association property manager. For information, call (727) 298-3215, ext. 1328.
  • Gulfport: Curbside collection with yard waste on Wednesdays. For information, call (727) 893-1089.
  • Indian Rocks Beach: Curbside collection with yard waste on Wednesdays. For information, call (727) 595-6889.
  • Largo: Curbside collection with yard waste on regular days. For information, call (727) 587-6760 or visit www.largorecycles.com
  • Madeira Beach: Curbside collection with yard waste on Wednesdays. For information, call (727) 399-2631.
  • Oldsmar: Drop off at 107 Shore Drive W., across from Park Boulevard. Open from Dec. 26 to Jan. 13. For information, call (813) 749-1266.
  • Pinellas Park: Drop off at 12950 40th St. (residents only). For information, call (727) 541-0711.
  • Safety Harbor: Curbside collection with yard waste on Wednesdays. For information, call (727) 724-1550.
  • St. Petersburg: Drop off at a St. Petersburg brush site: 1000 62nd Ave. N.E., 7750 26th Ave. N., 2500 26th Ave. S., 4015 Dr. MLK Jr. St. S., or 2453 20th Ave. N. Another option is curbside pickup. Place your tree out by Friday, Jan. 10, for pickup on Saturday, Jan. 11. If your tree has not been picked up by Jan. 11, please call (727) 893-7398.
  • Tarpon Springs: Drop off at the yard waste facility at 898 S. Levis Ave. for a fee, or put out for curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. For information, call (727) 943-4837.
  • Treasure Island: Curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. For information, call (727) 547-4575, ext. 253.

For cities that do not offer Christmas tree recycling trees will be picked up at curbside, but they will not be recycled.

Residents of cities that do not offer tree recycling or residents living in unincorporated Pinellas County can recycle a tree by dropping it off at Pinellas County Solid Waste, 3095 114th Ave. N., St. Petersburg. The cost is $3 per load for a maximum of five trees. The cost for six or more trees is $37.50 per ton. Hours: Monday to Friday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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