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Pinellas County is urging residents to re-purpose trees into usable, moisture-retaining mulch for the landscape.

PINELLAS COUNTY – Residents are encouraged to participate in Christmas tree-to-mulch programs available across Pinellas County this holiday season.

Trees can be processed into useful mulch. To prepare Christmas trees for mulching, residents must remove all decorations, including hooks, garland, tinsel and lights, according to Pinellas County.

It is important to leave trees loose for pick up, rather than placing them in a bag or trash can. Residents who live in apartments and condominiums should consult with their association or property managers for disposal instructions.

These cities offer Christmas tree-to-mulch programs and guidance for collection:

Clearwater: Place tree with yard waste on regular curbside collection day. For information, call (727) 562-4920.

Dunedin: Place tree at curb on regularly scheduled collection day. For information, call (727) 298-3215 or go to

Gulfport: Place tree at curb or alley on regularly scheduled Wednesday yard waste pickup. Do not bag or place tree in garbage can. For multifamily units, place tree near the dumpster without blocking access. Mulch from trees will be made available to residents at the Gulfport Neighborhood Center, 1617 49th St. S. For more information, call (727) 893-1089.

Indian Rocks Beach: Place tree with yard waste on Wednesday curbside collection day. For information, call (727) 595-6889.

Largo: Place tree at curb on regularly scheduled yard waste day. For information, call (727) 587-6760 or go to

Madeira Beach: Place tree with yard waste on Wednesday curbside collection day. For more information, call (727) 543-8154.

Oldsmar: Drop off trees at 107 Shore Drive W (R.E. Olds Park), which is available seven days a week, dawn until dusk, from today (Dec. 26) through Jan. 31. For information, call (813) 749-1135.

Pinellas Park: Drop off trees at the city’s brush site, 12950 40th St. N, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday, or place tree for curbside collection with regular garbage. For information, call (727) 369-0690.

Safety Harbor: Trees will be collected with yard waste beginning Jan. 8.

St. Petersburg: Drop trees off at these brush sites:

  • 1000 62nd Ave. NE
  • 7750 26th Ave. N
  • 2500 26th Ave. S
  • 4015 Dr. MLK Jr. St. S
  • 2453 20th Ave. N
  • Residents can also place trees at curbside by Jan. 10, for collection on Jan 11.  If the tree has not been collected by Jan. 12, call (727) 893-7398. Residents are asked to place the tree no closer than three feet beside the garbage container in the usual collection location (curb or alley).

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

Treasure Island: Place tree with yard waste on Wednesday curbside collection day. For information, call (727) 547-4575, ext. 250.

These cities do not offer Christmas tree-to-mulch programs: Belleair, Belleair Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Belleair Shore, Indian Shores, Kenneth City, North Redington Beach, Redington Beach, Redington Shores, Seminole, South Pasadena and St. Pete Beach. Trees will be picked up curbside. Although the tree will not be mulched, it will be collected and converted into energy at Pinellas County’s Waste-to-Energy Facility. Trees collected in Belleair Beach and Kenneth City must be cut into 4-foot sections.

Residents of cities that do not offer tree mulching or residents living in unincorporated areas can drop off trees at Pinellas County Solid Waste, 3095 114th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. The cost is $3 per load for a maximum of five trees. The cost for six or more trees is $39.75 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 facility is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 31) and is closed New Year’s Day.

For more information, go to or call (727) 464-7500.

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