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Recycle That Tree in Pinellas, Here’s How

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Recycled Christmas trees can be used for mulch.

PINELLAS COUNTY – That Christmas tree has been beautiful, but it’s getting to be time to take it down and dump it.

Pinellas County and 14 cities are offering ways to recycle the tree. Recycled trees can be processed into useful mulch. To prepare Christmas trees for recycling, residents must remove all decorations, including hooks, garland, tinsel and lights. It is important to leave trees loose for pickup rather than sticking them in a bag or trash can. For apartments and condos, residents should consult with their property managers for disposal instructions.

Residents of cities that do not offer tree recycling, residents living in unincorporated Pinellas County, or any other resident can recycle a tree by dropping it off at Pinellas County Solid Waste, 3095 114th Ave. N. The cost is $3 per load for a maximum of five trees. The cost for six or more trees is $37.50 per ton. The facility is open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The following cities offer Christmas tree recycling:

Belleair Beach: Curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. Trees must be cut in 4-foot sections with all trimmings removed. Condo residents can put trees in dumpsters if they fit. Pick up on Thursday (Dec. 31). For information, call (727) 595-4646, ext. 120.

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 today (Dec. 26) to Jan. 15. 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: Place tree at curb or alley for regularly scheduled Wednesday yard waste pick-up.  Do NOT bag or place tree in can. For multiple-dwelling units, place tree near the dumpster without blocking access to it. To prepare your tree for recycling, remove all decorations, including hooks, garland, tinsel and lights. Trees will be chopped and processed into mulch, then made available to residents at the Gulfport Neighborhood Center,  1617 49th St. S. For information, call (727) 893-1089.

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

Largo: Place trees at curb on your regularly scheduled yard waste day. Please do not place trees at the curb in bags or with decorations attached. For more information, call (727) 587-6760 or go to largorecycles.com.

Madeira Beach: Curbside collection with yard waste on Wednesdays. For information, call (727) 543-8154.

Oldsmar: Drop off at 107 Shore Drive W, across from Park Boulevard. Open until Jan. 15. For information, call (813) 749-1266. Drop-off locations will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays to Sundays.

Pinellas Park: Place curbside or drop-off at the city’s brush site, 12950 40th St. N.  Mondays to Sundays, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information, call (727) 369-0690.

Safety Harbor: Cardboard recycling is collected during residents’ recycling day. Cardboard must fit in the 64-gallon recycling container. Christmas tree is recycled with yard waste Wednesdays. No lights, tinsel or plastic bags. For information, call (727) 724-1550.

South Pasadena: Progressive Waste will pick up Christmas trees curbside on regular trash pick-up days.

St. Petersburg: Drop off at the St. Petersburg brush sites:

  • 1000 62nd Ave. NE
  • 7750 26th Ave. N
  • 2500 26th Ave. S
  • 4015 Dr. MLK Jr. St. S
  • 2453 20th Ave. N

or put your tree out for curbside collection by Jan. 8, for collection on Jan. 9. Set out Friday. If your tree has not been picked up by Jan. 9, call (727) 893-7398. Please place the tree no closer than 3 feet beside the garbage container in the usual collection location (curb or alley).

Tarpon Springs: Drop off at yard waste facility, 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.

These cities do not offer Christmas tree recycling: Belleair, Belleair Bluffs, Belleair Shore, Indian Shores, Kenneth City, North Redington Beach, Redington Beach, Redington Shores, Seminole and St. Pete Beach. Trees will be picked up at curbside, but they will not be recycled.

The flyer on Christmas tree recycling is available online at pinellascounty.org.

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