Here's how to recycle your Christmas tree!
Naveen Sultan about 10 months ago
After you've celebrated with loved ones this year don't just trash your tree, recycle it! Your christmas tree can be turned into mulch that can be used for other purposes. Be sure to remove all your decorations, lights and anything else that made it look beautiful at home. Make sure to leave the tree loose and not in a bag.
Here's some collection information for Pinellas County. There's information for Hillsborough below :
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: Sanitation crews will provide curb-side (or alley) pick-up of discarded Christmas trees throughout Saturday, January 11, 2014.
RESIDENTIAL HOUSES: Place tree no closer than three (3) feet beside the garbage container in the usual location (curb or alley).
LARGE APARTMENT COMPLEXES: Place the trees in a central location. When trees accumulate, apartment managers should call Commercial Sanitation at 727-893-7351 and a crew will be sent for pick-up.
SMALLER APARTMENT COMPLEXES: Place trees beside or behind the large metal dumpsters and they will be picked up on regular collection days.
If your tree has not been picked up by Jan. 11, please call (727) 893-7398.
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.
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.
If you live in an apartment or condo, speak to your property manager for disposal instructions.
The following cities do not offer Christmas tree recycling: Belleair Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Belleair Shore, Indian Shores, Kenneth City, North Redington Beach, Redington Beach, Redington Shores, Seminole, South Pasadena and St. Pete Beach. Trees will be picked up at curbside, but they will not be recycled.
If your area is not offering recycling services you can drop your tree off at Pinellas County Solid Waste, 3095 114th Ave. N., St. Petersburg for recycling. 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.
For more information, contact Pinellas County Solid Waste at (727) 464-7500 or visit Pinellas County Utilities at www.pinellascounty.org/utilities
Post-Holiday Options for Your Christmas Tree
As you begin to pack up your holiday decorations, you may be wondering what to do with your live Christmas tree after the holiday. Several free options are available to Hillsborough County Solid Waste customers including: free curbside pickup, free disposal at County yard waste facility, or recycling and reusing the tree as beneficial mulch in their landscapes.
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 Years 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
Customers need to have their current tax bill and proper identification to access the Yard Waste Processing Facilities, and they must be able to unload the trees themselves. Customers should also remove all decorations, lights and tinsel. Artificial trees are not accepted at the yard waste sites.
Non-county residential solid waste customers can dispose of Christmas trees and other yard waste at a Hillsborough County Yard Waste Processing Facility by paying a tonnage fee.
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.
For more information about Hillsborough County solid waste collection and disposal services, visit www.HillsboroughCounty.org/SolidWaste, or call 813-272-5680.
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