Pinellas and Hillsborough County offer residents several options for disposing of Christmas trees following the holiday. Recycling services are going to be provided in Belleair, Clearwater, Dunedin, Gulfport, Indian Rocks Beach, Largo,  Madeira Beach, Oldster, Pinellas Park, Safety Harbor, St. Petersburg, Tarpon Springs, and Treasure Island. In cities not offering recycling services, trees will be picked up curbside but will not be recycled. Residents who live in apartments or condos should check with their property managers for disposal instructions.

Hillsborough County

Curbside Pickup
Remove all tinsel, decorations, and lights.
Cut the tree into sections no larger than four feet long and six inches in diameter
Place on your curbside on regular yard waste collection day

Drop it Off
Take your tree to a yard waste processing facility. The following sites are open Monday through Saturday (except on holidays) from 7:30am–5:30pm.

  • Falkenburg Rd. Resource Recovery Facility: 350 Falkenburg Rd. Brandon (813) 744-5599
  • South County: 13001 U.S. Highway 41, Gibsonton (813) 671-7611
  • Northwest: 8001 W. Linebaugh Ave. in Tampa (813) 264-3816

Note: customers need to have current tax bill and proper I.D. to access the facilities and unload the tree themselves. Non-county residential solid waste customers can pay a tonnage fee.

Recycle and Reuse
Chop up or grind your live Christmas tree for mulch around trees, shrubs, and flower beds. For more information, head to: visit www.HillsboroughCounty.org/SolidWaste.

Pinellas County

Pinellas County cities will be collecting Christmas trees for recycling and processing into useful mulch. Pinellas County officials say all decorations including hooks, garland, tinsel and lights must be removed from the tree. Also the tree should be kept loose, not in a bag or trash can.

The following cities offer Christmas tree recycling:

Belleair
Curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. For information, call (727) 588-3769, ext. 401.

Clearwater
Curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. For information, call (727) 562-4920.

Dunedin
Curbside collection with yard waste on regular day from 12/26/13 – 1/10/14. Residents without curbside yard waste pickup can plan a pickup day with their association property manager. For information, call (727) 298-3215, ext. 1328.

Gulfport
Curbside collection with yard waste on Wednesdays. For information, call (727) 893-1089.

Indian Rocks Beach
Curbside collection with yard waste on Wednesdays. For information, call (727) 595-6889.

Largo
Curbside collection with yard waste on regular days. For information, call (727) 587-6760 or visit www.largorecycles.com

Madeira Beach
Curbside collection with yard waste on Wednesdays. For information, call (727) 399-2631.

Oldsmar
Drop off at 107 Shore Drive W., across from Park Boulevard. Open from Dec. 26 to Jan. 13. For information, call (813) 749-1266.

Pinellas Park
Drop off at 12950 40th St. (residents only). For information, call (727) 541-0711.

Safety Harbor
Curbside collection with yard waste on Wednesdays. For information, call (727) 724-1550.

St. Petersburg
Drop off at a St. Petersburg brush site: 1000 62nd Ave. N.E., 7750 26th Ave. N., 2500 26th Ave. S., 4015 Dr. MLK Jr. St. S., or 2453 20th Ave. N. Another option is curbside pickup. Place your tree out by Friday, Jan. 10, for pickup on Saturday, Jan. 11. If your tree has not been picked up by Jan. 11, please call (727) 893-7398.

Tarpon Springs
Drop off at the yard waste facility at 898 S. Levis Ave. for a fee, or put out for curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. For information, call (727) 943-4837.

Treasure Island
Curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. For information, call (727) 547-4575, ext. 253.

The following cities will not be providing recycling:

  • Belleair Beach
  • Belleair Bluffs
  • Belleair Shore
  • Indian Shores
  • Kenneth City
  • North Redington Beach
  • Redington Beach
  • Redington Shores
  • Seminole
  • South Pasadena
  • St. Pete Beach

Residents in these cities can drop off their trees at Pinellas County Solid Waste located at 3095 114th Ave. N. in St. Petersburg. The cost is $3 per load with a maximum of five trees. The trees can be dropped off Monday – Friday from 6am–6pm and Saturday from 7am–5pm.

For more information, contact Pinellas County Solid Waste at (727) 464-7500 or visit Pinellas County Utilities at www.pinellascounty.org/utilities