Hillsborough County offers these options for disposing of once-live Christmas trees.
Curbside Pickup: 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; place curbside on your next yard waste collection day.
Yard Waste Processing Facilities: County solid waste customers can skip the post-holiday blues of seeing their once-live Christmas tree sitting by the curb — and spare the hassle and work of cutting the trees into smaller pieces for pickup — by taking trees directly to a Yard Waste Processing Facility. The sites are open Monday through Saturday (with the exception of New Year's Day) from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.: 350 Falkenburg Road, Brandon, (813) 744-5599; 13001 U.S. 41, Gibsonton, (813) 671-7611; 8001 W Linebaugh Ave., Tampa, (813) 264-3816.
Customers should bring their current tax bill and proper identification to access the Yard Waste Processing Facilities and 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 yard waste by paying a tonnage fee. For more information about Hillsborough County solid waste collection and disposal services, visit hillsboroughcounty.org/solidwaste, or call (813) 272-5680.
Mulch: Another idea is to chop or grind live Christmas trees to use as mulch around trees, shrubs and flower beds. For information regarding recycling live Christmas trees, contact Lynn Barber at barberL@hillsboroughcounty.org or (813) 744-5519, ext. 54105.