What to Do With Your Tree in Dallas-Fort Worth Now That Christmas Is Over

The presents have been opened and the feast has been served, but now Christmas is over and the tree is still in your home. Perhaps you've had it and can't wait to take the tree down, or maybe you plan to hold onto it until Jan. 6. Regardless, here's what cities around Dallas-Fort Worth recommend doing with your Christmas tree:Allen: Natural trees up to 6-foot will be picked up through Jan. 6 on designated trash collection days. Trees taller than 6-foot should be cut in half. After Jan. 6, trees may be cut into 4-foot bundles and placed at their trash collection point. Trees can also be taken to the NTMWD CUster Road Transfer Station and Wood Grinding Facility at 9901 Custer Road in Plano for disposal. Flocked trees may also be taken there or disposed of by scheduling a pickup on your assigned bulk trash collection day.Arlington: Tree recycling will be held Dec. 26 to Jan. 11. Residents can take trees to the mulching facility center at the Arlington Landfill at 800 Mosier Valley Road and Collins Street on Monday though Saturday from 7 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Trees can also be taken to Calloway's Nursery at 4940 South Cooper Street and loaded into a container on the north side of the building during business hours. Flocked trees are acceptable. Trees placed curbside will not be recycled. If a curbside tree is taller than 6-foot it should be cut in half. Dallas: The city recommends dropping real trees off to be recycled between Dec. 26 and Jan. 6 at the McCommas Bluff Landfill at 5100 Youngblood Road or Northwest Transfer Station at 9500 Harry Hines Boulevard. Trees can also be placed out on the curb during brush and bulky trash collection, or call the Dallas Zero Waste hotline at 214-670-4475. Flower Mound: Residents can recycle trees from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 26 to Jan. 7 at Gerault Park, 1200 Gerault Road. Flocked trees will not be accepted. Trees may also be left at the curb on designated waste collection days, however, those trees will be taken to the landfill. Fort Worth: Natural trees should be placed with yard trimmings and yard waste. Artificial trees should be placed out for bulk collection. Frisco: Natural trees will be recycled curbside. Residents should cut trees over 5-foot into sections and place them out on regular trash or recycling collection day at least 3 feet from carts. Residents with flocked trees should call Frisco Environmental Services at 972-292-5900 to schedule a bulk pick-up.Hurst: Real trees may be dropped off between Dec. 27 and Jan. 8 at Hurst Community Park at 601 Precinct Line Road. All decorations, tinsel, plastic wrap and stands must be removed. Irving: Fresh-cut trees will be collected as part of the brush and bulky waste pickup. Residents may also drop trees off at Cottonwood Park at 4051 North Story Road, Hunter Ferrell Landfill at 220 West Hunter Ferrell Road, Las Colinas Service Center at 5964 Riverside Drive or Southwest Park at 2800 West Shady Grove Road .Little Elm: Trees may be dropped off at the Courtesy Drop Site, 1600 Brenda Lane, before or after Christmas to be chipped into mulch. The site is open Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.McKinney: The city will pick up trees to be composted from Jan. 2 to 12. Trees should be placed next to trash bins on regularly scheduled trash days for homes. Apartment trees should go outside the trash contained enclosure at the complex. Residents can also drop trees off between that time at the Al Ruschhaupt Soccer Fields at 1986 Park Avenue or the water tower off Alma Road near Gabe Nesbitt park. Mesquite: Natural trees may be placed out for yard waste collection on scheduled collection days. Residents seeking to dispose of artificial trees should contact the city to schedule a large item collection or drop the tree off at the Citizens Convenience and Recycling Center at 3550 Lawson Road.Plano: Live trees will be recycled into mulch if they are brought between Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 to one of several parks including Jack Carter Park at 2601 Pleasant Valley, Old Shepard Place Park at 1301 Winding Hollow Lane, Russell Creek Park at 3500 McDermott Road and Schell Park at 2100 Laurel Lane. Prosper: Trees can be taken to a drop-off lot next to the Central Fire Station at 1500 East First Street between Jan. 1 and 14. Trees can be dropped off 24 hours and will be turned into mulch. Flocked trees are not accepted at the site. Those should be wrapped in plastic and put out with the monthly bulk trash pickup. Richardson: Natural trees may be dropped between Dec. 26 and Feb. 2 at the Municipal Service Center at 1260 Columbia Drive. Residents may also call 972-744-4111 to request a brush and bulky item collection. Sachse: Trees can be placed on the curb on normal trash collection days, or brought to a drop-off point at Salmon Park, 4302 Williford Road between Dec. 26 and Jan. 9. The trees will be converted to mulch that residents can later haul-off. University Park: Trees will be picked up curbside on scheduled collection days. Collection is free for residents who live south of Lovers Lane if the tree is at the curb by Jan. 4, and free for residents who live north of Lovers through Jan. 5. After that the collection fee is $23. All cities ask that residents remove trees from bags and take off ornaments, lights, stands and other decorations before disposal. Many cities do not accept flocked trees at recycling facilities. Call the city for more information.   Continue reading...

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