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News Release
Friday, January 05, 2018


HOUSTON - City officials, along with representatives from Reliant Energy and Living Earth, watched as the official City holiday tree was cut into small pieces and mulched for the 27th year in a row. The annual event serves to encourage and remind residents to recycle their holiday trees, saving landfill space and disposal costs.  
Many families decorate their homes with a real traditional tree during December and the City’s recycling program provides a convenient way for residents to be good stewards and help support our City’s sustainability goals,” said Elizabeth Killinger, president of Reliant and NRG Retail. “As Houstonians, we at Reliant are committed to making our community a great place to live and work and we are happy to support this annual recycling tradition.”

From December 26, 2017 through January 15, 2018, residents can recycle their real (natural) trees by dropping them off at one of twenty-five (25) free recycling locations throughout Houston to the drop-off locations.

Additionally, SWMD will collect and recycle clean holiday trees left by residents at the curb on their scheduled Tree Waste collection day. Trees collected for recycling will be chipped, mixed with leaves, and recycled into rich mulch made available in bulk directly from Living Earth or in bags as Living Earth Houston Mulch sold at Houston area retailers. 

The trees must have all decorations, ornaments, tinsel, lights and stands removed; trees that still have these items attached will be collected as garbage. Flocked trees will not be recycled. Residents are being asked to discard fake trees with regular trash.
Open Wednesdays – Sundays 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  1. Central Neighborhood Depository                  2240 Central St.
  2. Kirkpatrick Neighborhood Depository             5565 Kirkpatrick
  3. Sommermeyer Neighborhood Depository      14400 Sommermeyer
  4. N. Main Neighborhood Depository                 9003 North Main
  5. Southwest Neighborhood Depository             10785 Southwest Freeway
  6. Sunbeam Neighborhood Depository              5100 Sunbeam

Open Daily 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  1. Kingwood                                                        Bens View Lane at Bens Branch Drive
  1. Doss Park (gates close at 5 p.m.)                    2500 Frick Road
  1. Memorial Park, Ball Fields 4 and 5                   7300 Memorial Drive
  1. T.C. Jester Park                                                4200 T.C. Jester West
  1. Ellington Airport Recycling Drop-off                Hwy 3 & Brantley Rd

Open Mon.-Sat. 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  1. Westpark Consumer Recycling Center           5900 Westpark

Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. & Saturday 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  1. Living Earth                                                      5802 Crawford Road
  1. Living Earth                                                      1503 Industrial Drive
  1. Living Earth                                                      1700 Highway 90A East
  1. Living Earth                                                      12202 Cutten Road
  1. Living Earth                                                      16138 Highway 6
  1. Living Earth                                                      5210 S. Sam Houston Parkway
  1. Living Earth                                                      27733 Katy Freeway
  1. Living Earth                                                      10310 Beaumont Highway
  1. Living Earth                                                      17555 I-45 South
  1. Living Earth                                                      20611 US Hwy 59
  1. Living Earth                                                      1000 FM 1266
  1. Living Earth                                                      16955 Katy-Hockley Rd
  1. Living Earth                                                      9306 FM 523 (Lake Jackson)
For more information about SWMD and our services, visit us at, “LIKE” us on Facebook at, follow us on Twitter @HoustonTrash, or call 3-1-1, the City of Houston’s Customer Service Helpline. 
About the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department
The Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) provides solid waste services to the citizens of Houston through the collection, disposal and recycling of discarded material in a manner that is safe, efficient, environmentally sound and cost-effective.

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