Places to recycle Christmas trees

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Now that Christmas is over, what do you do with your Christmas tree? Obviously if it's a fake one, it goes back in the storage box, but if it's a real one you can drop it off to be recycled at several locations across Alabama.

Most of the following list was compiled by the Alabama Environmental Council.

Birmingham - Old Christmas trees are picked up curbside and are chipped by the city as part of their normal landscaping and yard debris removal service on regularly scheduled pickup days.

Homewood - From 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. on December 26 through January 7 natural, decoration free Christmas trees can be brought to the corner parking lot at Dale and Grace St. The trees will be recycled and the mulch will be used for paths at the Homewood City School's Community Garden.
Decoration-free, natural trees can also be dropped off in the designated areas in the back rear parking lot of the Homewood Public Library.

Vestavia - Decoration free, natural Christmas trees can be dropped off at Scout Square (The Christmas Tree Lot) right off of Highway 31 in Vestavia. Donated trees are used as fish habitats in the lakes on the properties of Alabama Power.

Gardendale - Old Christmas trees are picked up curbside and are chipped by the city as part of their normal landscaping and yard debris removal service. Mulch generated goes to Gardendale city landscaping.

Tuscaloosa - From December 26 through January 6 natural Christmas trees, natural garland, and wreaths free of decorations and ornaments can be dropped off in the marked, designated areas at the Bruno's parking lot just off McFarland Boulevard. The trees will be recycled by the City of Tuscaloosa Environmental Service Department. For questions, please contact the Environmental Services Dept. at 205-248-4900.

Shelby County -- A Christmas tree recycling program will be held from Dec. 27 through Jan. 4, 2012 at the following locations in Shelby County:

  • Heardmont Park on Cahaba Valley Road--U.S. Hwy 119
  • Chelsea City Hall in Chelsea
  • Ray Building off of Highway 70 in Columbiana
  • Alabaster Colonial Promenade (west side of the AmStar Theatre parking lot)
  • Pelham City Park--off of the U.S. 31/U.S. 119 entrance in Pelham
Orange cones and signs will designate the drop-off areas at each location. The trees will be recycled into landscape and erosion/sediment control materials to be used at county facilities, according to Shelby County manager Alex Dudchock.

Auburn/Opelika  - On Saturday, December 31 Keep Opelika Beautiful and Opelika Tree Commission will host a Christmas tree Recycling Event. The event will take place at the Opelika Chamber of Commerce parking lot from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Volunteers will be on hand to assist in removing the trees from residents vehicles. In exchange for trees, The Opelika Tree Commission will be giving away dogwood tree seedlings. Christmas trees collected will be ground and the mulch will be used throughout the City of Opelika. For more information call Keep Opelika Beatiful at (334) 749-4970 or email at:

Huntsville - Natural Christmas trees can be dropped off at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon-Sat and 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. on Sundays beginning December 26 through January 17.  The trees will be recycled and the mulch will added to the cities mulch pile. Mulch is free for citizens of Huntsville to use in their own landscaping. For questions or concerns please contact the Huntsville Botanical Gardens at  256-830-4447.

Montgomery - On Saturday, January 7 from 9 am - 3:30 pm natural Christmas trees free of ornaments and decorations can be brought to any Saturday Trash Collection Point. Trees will be recycled as mulch or trees will be used for fish hatcheries in local lakes. For questions please contact the City of Montgomery at 334-241-2925.

Mobile - Keep Mobile Beautiful will be collecting decoration-free, natural Christmas trees beginning December 26 and running through January 15. Trees may be delivered anytime to the locations listed below. These locations will be staffed to help unload trees from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on January 7 and 8. Trees are chipped and the mulch generated is available for public use beginning in January. Flocked trees will not be accepted. For questions, please contact Keep Mobile Beautiful at 251-208-6029.
Old Christmas trees may be delivered to any of the following locations:

1.     Parkway Plaza -- 2655 Dauphin Island Parkway

2.     2501 Government Boulevard -- in front of Food World

3.     Wildwood Shopping Center -- 4055 Cottage Hill west of Azalea

4.     Airport at University -- behind the BP Station

5.     Westwood Plaza -- Airport at Schillinger

6.     Park Forest Center -- Moffet at Forest Hill Drive

Enterprise - Christmas trees should be brought to the City's shop on Lester Drive, entering the gate closest to Harrand Creek, between 7AM and 4:30PM. Some trees will be ground for mulch while others will be deposited in local ponds to create fish habitat.

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