If you have a live Christmas tree and you want to recycle it, here's how to do that.

Take your tree to any of the Environmental Services Department’s Citizen Collection Stations from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are located at:

1034 Pendale (East)
121 Atlantic (West)
4501 Hondo Pass (Northeast)
2492 Harrison (Central)

Recycling your tree is free, but they have to be completely free of all decorations. Don't leave tinsel or any other decorations on the tree. The best thing about recycling with the City's Environmental Services Department is they will turn the trees into mulch. Later on during the year, it will be available to residential customers at no charge, so your tree will not only help beautify your home during the holidays, it will help your yard and garden grown during the year as well.

While you're out there, you can also drop off household trash, bulky items, tires (without rims), used
electronics, and household hazardous waste. If you're going to drop of those items, you'll need a recent water bill and an I.D. matching the name on the bill. You don't need an I.D. or recent water bill is needed to recycle live Christmas trees.

If you want to get rid of other holiday recyclables, you can take your cardboard gift boxes, wrapping
paper, and holiday cards to the Citizen Collection Stations. You can also put them in your blue recycling bin at your home.

You cannot recyle metallic wrapping paper, bows, ribbons, or foam. They'll have to be thrown away in your gray trash bins at home.