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How to recycle your Christmas tree: A county-by-county guide for the Tampa Bay Area

A list of what each county offers to residents
Posted: 12:33 PM, Dec 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-28 11:36:20-05

With Christmas in the rear-view mirror, many residents in the Tampa Bay Area are looking for options when it comes to disposing or recycling their live Christmas trees.

Before you sit your Christmas tree out on the curb, first make sure your county offers Christmas tree pickup. Then, make sure you remove all decorations from the tree. This includes hooks, garland, tinsel and lights. Do not put the tree in a bag or a trash can and if you live in an apartment or condo, check with your property manager for disposal instructions.

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Here is a list of Christmas tree recycling options by county:

Citrus County Residents
From December 1 through January 30, residents can recycle their live Christmas trees at the Citrus County Central Landfill FREE of charge. Get more info here .

DeSoto County Residents
Trees cannot be over 4 feet long. Get more info here .

Hardee County Residents
Get more info here .

Highlands County Residents
Get more info here .

Hillsborough County Residents
There are several free options available to Hillsborough County Solid Waste customers, including: free curbside pickup, free disposal at County yard waste facility, or recycling and reusing the tree in landscapes. Click here for more information .

  • City of Tampa Residents | The City of Tampa offers Christmas Tree Collection Service from Monday, December 31, 2018 through Friday, January 11, 2019. In order to receive the service, residents must remove all decorations and lights, cut tree limbs to four feet lengths, bundle, and place curbside on their regularly scheduled yard waste collection day. Find your service date here .

Hernando County Residents
According to the Hernando County website, live Christmas trees may be disposed of on your regularly scheduled yard waste day if trees are cut to under 4 foot lengths and cleaned of all decorations, including tinsel. Get more info here .

Manatee County Residents
Christmas trees can be left curbside on designated yard waste collection days. Get more info here .

Pasco County Residents
Christmas tree recycling is offered at select drop off locations throughout Pasco County. Locations are open through January 12, 2019. Get more info here .

Pinellas County Residents
In Pinellas County, trees will be chopped and processed into mulch. Click here for a list of cities that offer Christmas tree recycling programs .

Polk County Residents
Get more info here .

Sarasota County Residents
Residents in Sarasota County can place their Christmas trees curbside on their regular collection day, separate from recycling and trash. Click here for more information .