Residents can take advantage of one of the many options available to recycle their Christmas trees after the holiday season. Collected trees are taken to the Salt River Landfill and chipped into nutrient rich mulch and composting products. Benefits from recycling these trees include extending the life of the landfill and reusing natural and limited resources.
***NOTE*** Please remember to remove all nails, tree stands, lights and decorations. These items damage the grinding equipment. Also, wreaths, snow flocked trees and artificial trees cannot be recycled. Small items can be placed in the black barrel and a bulk item pickup can be requested for larger items.
Drop-off Collection Sites
Drop-off collection sites are currently closed for the season. If you need to dispose of your Christmas tree, please use one of the alternative options below.
***Drop-off collection sites are for residential use only. Tree lot vendors are prohibited. Vendors are asked to call (480) 644-6789 for recycling options.
Green Waste Barrel Program
Residents participating in the Green Waste Barrel Program may place their trees inside their green barrel. To ensure collection, the tree must fit completely inside the container with the lid properly closed.
Curbside pickup of your Christmas tree is available for $23.04. Simply call (480) 644-6789 for more details or to schedule a pickup time. (Unfortunately due to the collection process, trees collected through this curbside option will not be recycled.)
Salt River Landfill
Christmas trees may be taken directly to the Salt River Landfill with a current Arizona driver's license anytime Monday through Saturday between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the month of January. The Salt River Landfill is located at Gilbert Road and the Beeline Highway. There is no charge for recycling your tree but a disposal fee will apply if disposing of other materials during the same visit.
Live Christmas Tree Donation Program
The City of Mesa also accepts the donation of live potted Christmas trees, five feet or taller, for planting at City parks. Residents may drop them off at the following locations:
- Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Administration Office
200 S. Center St., Bldg. 1
Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Red Mountain Multigenerational Center
7550 E. Adobe St.
Monday-Friday 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
* Please notify front desk when dropping off live potted trees. Fresh cut trees are not accepted at these sites.
Multifamily communities, such as apartments and condos, with 50 or more units and with City of Mesa trash service may request a free one time pick-up of Christmas trees in their complex after the holiday season. Requests must be made in advance and may be scheduled through the second week in January. Call (480) 644-6789 for more information. Multifamily communities that do not have City of Mesa trash service can contact us for available options.
The Christmas Tree Recycling Program is a joint partnership between the City of Mesa and Salt River Landfill.