The Public Works Department offers Phoenix residents a green way to take down their Christmas trees and wreaths. Trees or wreaths may be dropped off for recycling at any of the participating Phoenix parks anytime between Wednesday, Dec. 25 and Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014.
Deer Valley Park, 19th Avenue and Utopia Road
Paradise Valley Park, 40th Street south of Union Hills Drive
Sereno Park, 56th Street and Sweetwater Avenue
Cactus Park, 38th Avenue and Cactus Road
Mountain View Park, Seventh Avenue south of Peoria Avenue
Marivue Park, 59th Avenue and Osborn Road
Washington Park, 23rd Avenue and Maryland Avenue
Madison Park, 16th Street and Glenrosa Avenue
Los Olivos Park, 28th Street and Devonshire Avenue
Desert West Park, 67th Avenue and Encanto Boulevard
El Reposo Park, Seventh Street and Alta Vista Road
Mountain Vista Park, 50th Street just north of Ray Road
Desert Foothills Park, Desert Foothills and Chandler Boulevard
Cesar Chavez Park, 35th Avenue and Baseline Road
Other Places, Dates and Times
Residents also may bring their Christmas trees to A to Z Equipment Rentals and Sales locations, 4050 E. Indian School Road or 15634 N. 32nd St., which will accept trees at no charge from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26 through Saturday, Jan. 4, except on Tuesday, Dec. 31, when trees will be accepted from 9 a.m. to noon. The stores will be closed Christmas Day, Dec. 25, Sunday, Dec. 29, and New Year's Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.
Residents also can drop off their trees to be recycled at the "I Recycle Phoenix" festival from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at Christown-Spectrum Mall, 1703 W. Bethany Home Road, behind the Walmart. For more information on this event, visit Keep Phoenix Beautiful's webpage or call 602-262-4820.
City solid waste management facilities also accept trees.
- Bring the tree unbagged.
- Remove all decorations, lights and tinsel.
- Remove the tree stand and all nails/metal stakes.
- Secure tree during transport. Tie it down with material that can be untied or cut easily.
- Only dispose of trees in marked drop-off areas.
- Sites accept single trees from city of Phoenix residents. For multiple tree loads, contact 602-262-7251.
- Container-grown living trees may be donated for planting in city of Phoenix parks. Parks will only accept 15 gallon-sized or 24" box-sized trees. They can be delivered to a nearby maintenance facility to be planted in a local park. The trees need to be one of the four following species:
- Aleppo pine (Pinus halepensis)
- Eldrica pine or Goldwater pine (Pinus eldarica)
- Canary Island pine (Pinus canariensis)
- Chir pine (Pinus roxburghii)
Call 602-495-3762 for drop-off locations or for additional information.
In addition to Christmas tree recycling, the Public Works Department would like to help Phoenix residents take the guesswork out of recycling by providing tips on which materials can be recycled, reused and reconsidered for a more sustainable holiday season. Please share these holiday recycling tips with your neighbors.
Place in your blue recycling container:
- Paper wrapping materials with no embossments, glitter and/or flocking
- Paper greeting cards and envelopes with no glitter, embossments and/or flocking
- Cardboard boxes that gifts were packaged in, such as children’s toys and electronics
- Hard plastics used for packaging foods, toys, electronics, etc.
Do not place in your blue recycling container:
- Foil-embossed papers and any material with glitter
- Ribbons and bows
- Plastic wrap from gift baskets, grocery shopping or packaging
- Photo greeting cards printed on photography paper
- Food waste should be composted, not placed in your recycling bin. If composting is not an option, it should be bagged and tied and placed in your trash container
- Polystyrene foam (Styrofoam)products, such as food packaging or drinkware
Tips to reduce waste during the holidays:
- Gift-givers are encouraged to reuse gift bags and wrapping paper.
- Turn paper shopping bags into a gift bag or wrapping paper; magazine pages or comics pages also make colorful gift wraps.
- An alternative to gift bags is to use decorative reusable shopping bags as gift bags. They can be used all year long and are often less expensive than paper gift bags.
- Donate past holiday decorations and lights instead of throwing them away.