It is Christmas tree recycling time again in Birmingham

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Christmas tree abandoned in front of the Claridge in front of Hanover Circle in Southside Birmingham

The Alabama Environmental Council released a list today of Christmas tree recycling drop-off sites throughout Alabama. Below are the locations in the Birmingham Metro area along with “tree-cycle” sites across the state.

Here are the Birmingham metro sites

Birmingham/Mountain Brook – From December 26- January 10, folks can drop off clean trees at The Birmingham Zoo (additional info)

Gardendale– Old Christmas trees are picked up curbside and are chipped by the city as part of their normal landscaping and yard debris removal service. Mulch generated goes to Gardendale city landscaping.

Homewood – The Homewood Public Library provides drop-off locations for clean trees from December 26- January 18 any time. Visit for further information

Shelby County– Trees can be dropped off at any of the locations below from Dec. 27-Jan. 4
● Heardmont Park on Cahaba Valley Road on U.S. 119
● Chelsea City Hall
● Ray Building on Highway 70 in Columbiana
● AmStar Theatre at the Alabaster Colonnade
● Pelham City Park, at the U.S. 31/ 119 entrance

Vestavia – Residents can put bare trees alongside yard waste and the city will dispose of it accordingly. (The Boy Scouts are not recycling Christmas trees this year at Scout Square, because Alabama Power is unable to pick them up this year.)

Christmas Tree Dumpster It is Christmas tree recycling time again in Birmingham
Christmas trees left next to store dumpster
Locations across Alabama

Cullman– Drop off your trees in front of the Aquaculture Center of Gadsden State Community College. The tree branches will be dropped into the school’s ponds to encourage the spawning of yellow perch. The college is located on Wallace Drive in Gadsden.

Dothan– There will be a drop off for bare trees at the Water and Electric Plant at 200 Kilgore Drive starting December 26. Public will have open access 24/7, so there is no set time for drop off.

Enterprise– Residents can put bare trees on their curbsides during normal waste pick-up day and the city will dispose of them accordingly.

Mobile – For residents interested in recycling bare trees, email to gather more information.

Montgomery– Montgomery Clean City Commission says that folks can drop off at any of their drop off locations on Dec 30 and Jan 6 from 9am to 3pm

Prattville– Residents can put natural trees on their curbside during normal Residential Yard Trash collection day and the Sanitation Department will collect it for recycling.

Tuscaloosa– The city will be accepting bare trees, garland, and live wreaths from December 26- January 14 for their annual Tree Recycling Program. The mulch from trees are used for landscaping projects around town or erosion projects around waterways.

Other Christmas Tree reuse/recycle options?

Check out this article article about 10 Ways to Recycle Christmas Trees

Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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