When Christmas is over, don't assume that you can just take that Christmas tree down and put it out on the street. Christmas trees need to be recycled and are generally not picked up with your regular trash.
When recycling your Christmas tree, it is important to remove any decorations, icicles, lights, garlands, tinsel, wrapping paper, hooks and tree stands. These instructions are not for artificial trees. Those should be donated to a local charitable organization. These instructions are also not intended for living (potted) Christmas trees; there's no reason to destroy those. The best way to recycle them is to donate the living Christmas tree to a local park so it can be planted and live on.
Every city and town in the metro Phoenix area has its own recycling plan and process. Here is what you need to know about disposal of your Christmas tree after the holidays.
Apache Junction provides two free drop off points open 24 hours a day for drop off of trees outside from December 26, 2013 through February 4, 2014. The locations are at Prospector Park, 3015 N. Idaho Rd. and Paws & Claws Care Center, 725 E. Baseline Ave. Remove all nails, stands, tinsel, lights and ornaments from trees. Flocked and artificial trees will not be accepted because they do not break down in the environment. Please direct any questions about this program to the City of Apache Junction, Public Works Department at 480-982-1055 or check online. (updated December 2013)
Residents of Avondale can recycle their cut Christmas trees. Trees must be free of all decorations including lights, bulbs, ribbon and garland. This service is offered to Avondale residents at no charge. Proof of residency is required. Trees can be dropped off at A to Z Equipment, 803 E. Van Buren, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. December 26, 2013 through January 4, 2014 with the exception of Dec. 29 and Jan. 1 when this Service Center will be closed in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday, and a modified 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. drop-off on New Year’s eve (Dec 31). Trees may also be left curbside for monthly bulk trash pick-up. For more information about Christmas tree recycling, call Avondale’s Public Works Department at 623-333-4700 or check online. (updated December 2013)
Buckeye will offer Christmas tree collection on Saturday, January 11 and Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days. Remove all tinsel, garland, ornaments, lights and stands. No artificial trees. Bring trees to one of the following locations: Fire Station 701, 404 South Miller Road (Downtown); Fire Station 702, 1911 South Rainbow Road (Sundance); Fire Station 703, 4106 North 195th Avenue (Verrado); Fire Station 704, 26100 West Beardsley Road (Festival Ranch); Fire Station 705, 30050 West Tartesso Parkway (Tartesso). For more information call the Buckeye Public Works Department at 623-349-6825. (updated December 2013)
City of Chandler residents can place their trees at the edge of their driveway before 6 a.m. on their recycling collection day (between 12/26/13 and 01/17/14) for curbside Christmas tree collection. Place tree at the end of your property, no more than 4 ft. from the edge of the sidewalk. Please do not block the sidewalk or place the tree in the blue recycling container. Don't place tree in the street or alley. Please do not place tree in refuse, recycle or alley container. Only Chandler residents paying for City-provided solid waste services may use curbside services. Chandler also offers 11 drop-off points (December 26, 2013 thru January 17, 2014) for Christmas trees: Nozomi Park, 250 S. Kyrene Rd.; Desert Breeze Park, 660 N. Desert Breeze Blvd. E.; Arrowhead Park, 1475 W. Erie St.; Shawnee Park, 1400 W. Mesquite St.; Pima Park, 625 N. McQueen Rd.; Folley Park, 601 E. Frye Rd.; Chuparosa Park, 2400 S. Dobson Rd.; Snedigar Sportsplex, 4625 S. Alma School Rd.; Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd.; Recycling-Solid Waste Collection Center, 955 E. Queen Creek Rd., Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd. For more information, visit Chandler's Solid Waste Services online or call 480-782-3510. (updated December 2013)
The Town of Gilbert offers multiple drop-off points from Monday, December 23, 2013 through Monday, January 6, 2014 for Gilbert residents to bring their post-holiday discards for recycling. Holiday trees, unbagged and free of all decorations and tree stands, as well as broken down cardboard boxes may be deposited in designated bins at Hetchler Park, Nichols Park, and A to Z Equipment Rental and Sales in Gilbert. This year a Styrofoam recycling bin will also be available at Nichols Park and Gilbert's Household Hazardous Waste Facility for disposal of holiday string lights. Signage will indicate where the trees and other recyclables need to be placed.
Holiday Recycle Drop-Off Locations: Hetchler Park (Gilbert Youth Soccer Complex) accepts trees and cardboard at 4260 S. Greenfield Rd. from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. M-F;
Nichols Park accepts trees, cardboard and styrofoam at 700 N. Higley Rd. from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. M-F; A to Z Equipment Rental and Sales accepts trees only at 1313 E Baseline Rd. between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., but closed 12/25 and 01/01; Household Hazardous Waste Facility accepts lights only at 2224 E. Queen Creek Rd. Wednesday & Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., closed 12/25 and 01/01. For more information visit Gilbert Public Works online or call 480-503-6400.For more information, call 480-503-6400 or visit Gilbert Public Works Recycling online. (updated December 2013)
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