Alabama Environmental Council has released its statewide Christmas tree recycling drop-off list

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

Last week, the Alabama Environmental Council released a list of Christmas tree recycling drop-off sites throughout Alabama.

An annual tradition, the AEC has been supporting and promoting Christmas tree recycling efforts for nearly 30 years.

Below are the locations in the Birmingham Metro area along with “tree-cycle” sites across the state.


In the Birmingham Metro Area

City of Birmingham
Birmingham’s 2017 Christmas tree at Linn Park in front of City Hall

Birmingham and Mountain Brook – From December 26- January 10, residents can drop off clean trees at The Birmingham Zoo

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. Email hcover@bham.lib.al.us for further information. Trees can also be recycled at 175 Citation Court in west Homewood.


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

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


Christmas tree recycling sites across the state

Photo from city of Dothan

Auburn -Residents can leave clean trees on their curbside and the city will dispose of them accordingly.

Baldwin County – Trees free of decorations can be brought to any of the following locations:

● Bay Minette Transfer Station: 4291 Nicholasville Rd, Bay Minette, AL 36507.
● Spanish Fort Volunteer Fire Dept: 7580 Spanish Fort Blvd, Spanish Fort, 36527.
● MacBride Landfill: 14200 County Rd 64, Loxley, 36551.
● Baldwin County Central Annex: 22251 Palmer St, Robertsdale, 36567.
● Fairhope Satellite Courthouse: 1100 Fairhope Ave, Fairhope, 36532.
● Magnolia Landfill: 15140 County Rd 49, Summerdale, 36580.
● Foley Satellite Courthouse: 201 E. Section Ave, Foley, 36535.
● Perdido Beach Volunteer Fire Dept: 8450 Escambia Ave, Perdido Beach, 36530


For more information on the Annual Baldwin County Christmas Tree Recycling Program, call (251)972-6878 or check out the map provided on the City of Baldwin County website.

Cullman– The Aquaculture Center of Gadsden State Community College will not be accepting bare trees this year. Call Dr. Hammer at (256) 549-8345 or email hhammer@gadsdenstate.edu for further information.

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.

Huntsville– The Huntsville Botanical Gardens does not have their mulch program anymore so they can no longer recycle bare trees. (Verbatim from the County extension number (256) 532-1578…. “No one in Huntsville provides Christmas tree recycling. Contact your garbage provider to see if you can put it on your curbside.”)

Birmingham, Alabama, Poppy's Christmas Trees
Photo via poppyschristmastrees.com

Mobile – For residents interested in recycling bare trees, email peter.toler@cityofmobile.org to gather more information.


Montgomery– Montgomery Clean City Commission says that folks can drop off at any of their Saturday Trash Drop-off Points on Dec 29 and Jan 5 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– Bare trees can be dropped off during the two weeks following Christmas at the City’s Environmental Services Department at 3440 Kauloosa Avenue Tuscaloosa, AL 35401. 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

Author: 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.