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How (and where) to recycle your Christmas tree in Miami

Ready to take down your beautiful Christmas tree?

Don't fret: If you don't know what to do with the once-festive fir, now that the holiday is over, we've got some answers for you.

Miami-Dade County's Department of Solid Waste Management offers some pretty specific options, so please read the instructions carefully. 

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Please note: You must be a resident who receives waste collection services from Miami-Dade County. If you do not receive waste collection services from Miami-Dade, you'll need to contact your local service provider.

Also, your Christmas trees must be clean and free of all decorations.

4 options from Miami-Dade's Department of Solid Waste Management:

1. Drop off your clean, decoration-free tree at one of the below Trash and Recycling Centers. Hours: 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. 

  • Eureka Drive – 9401 SW 184th St.
  • Golden Glades – 140 NW 160th St.
  • Moody Drive – 12970 SW 268th St.
  • North Dade Landfill – 21500 NW 47th Ave.
  • Norwood – 19901 NW Seventh Ave.
  • Palm Springs North – 7870 NW 178th St.
  • Snapper Creek – 2200 SW 117th Ave.
  • South Miami Heights – 20800 SW 117th Court
  • West Little River – 1830 NW 79th St.
  • West Perrine – 16651 SW 107th Ave.

2. Drop off your tree at the West Miami-Dade Home Chemical Collection Center at 8801 NW 58th St.
Hours: 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. This service is for tree dropoff only.

3. Place your tree at the curbside by zone. Crews will begin collecting trees by zones, from Jan. 11-Feb. 5.
Here is the schedule to determine your collection zone and pickup week:

  • Zone 1
    Jan. 11-15 (South side of southwest 152nd and 400th streets)
    Place tree at the curb by Sunday, Jan. 10.
  • Zone 2
    Jan. 18-22 (South side of Southwest 88th Street to north side of Southwest 152nd Street)
    Place tree at the curb by Sunday, Jan. 17.
  • Zone 3
    Jan. 25-29 (South side of Northwest 25th Street to north side of Southwest 88th Street)
    Place tree at the curb by Sunday, Jan. 24.
  • Zone 4
    Feb. 1 – Feb. 5 (Northwest 215th Street to the north side of Northwest 25th Street)
    Place tree at the curb by Sunday, Jan. 31.

4. Use one of your available bulky waste pickups.
Trees placed at the curbside as part of a scheduled bulky waste pickup will not be recycled into mulch.

For more information, go to


Recycle your tree, get free mulch

Christmas trees collected through dropoffs and at curbside are recycled into mulch.

As a belated Christmas gift, Miami-Dade County residents who provide proof of residency within the service area will be able to pick up free mulch in the spring.

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