O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree ... your leaves are good for recycling.
As the holiday season winds down, Miami-Dade and Broward counties are accepting trees to recycle into mulch from residents who receive county curbside waste collection. Christmas trees placed at the curbside for collection will not be collected until after Jan. 7.
Residents can take their trees to one of several Trash and Recycling Centers. Hold on to your stands, lights, ornaments, tinsel and other decorations. The county will convert the bare trees into mulch, which will be available starting in mid-January for free on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you want to part with your tree in a sustainable way, take it to one of these centers in Miami-Dade from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The West Miami-Dade Home Chemical Collection Center, 8801 NW 58th St., also will accept trees during the same hours. The Chapman Field Trash and Recycling Center will not be accepting trees.:
North Dade Landfill - 21500 NW 47th Ave.
Norwood - 19901 NW Seventh Ave.
Palm Springs North - 7870 NW 178th St.
Golden Glades - 140 NW 160th St.
West Little River - 1830 NW 79th St.
Snapper Creek - 2200 SW 117th Ave.
Sunset Kendall - 8000 SW 107th Ave.
Richmond Heights - 14050 Boggs Dr.
West Perrine - 16651 SW 107th Ave.
Eureka Drive - 9401 SW 184th St.
South Miami Heights - 20800 SW 117th Ct.
Moody Drive - 12970 SW 268th St.
Other options for tree disposal include cutting it into smaller pieces and putting in the green waste cart for normal collection. Residents can also place the entire tree at the curb for a tree collection crew to pick it up. Trees will be collected no later than Jan. 7. Residents are asked to be patient as crews cover a large territory.
Yuletide mulch will be available beginning in mid-January. Residents can pick up the wood chips with their own bags at the the West Perrine, Eureka Drive, Moody Drive, Sunset Kendall, West Little River, and North Dade Landfill centers while supplies last.
In Broward, residents can drop off trees without decorations for recycling at county parks between Dec. 26 and Jan. 20. The regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee will not be charged to recyclers. For hours, call the park of your choice:
Brian Piccolo Park & Velodrome, 9501 Sheridan St., Cooper City 33024; 954-357-5150
C. B. Smith Park, 900 N. Flamingo Rd., Pembroke Pines 33028; 954-357-5170
Easterlin Park, 1000 N.W. 38th St., Oakland Park 33309; 954-357-5190
Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Rd. South, Coconut Creek 33063; 954-357-5198
Markham Park & Target Range, 16001 W. State Rd. 84, Sunrise 33326; 954-357-8868
Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation 33317; 954-357-5135
Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach 33441; 954-357-5100
Reverend Samuel Delevoe Park, 2520 N.W. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale 33311; 954-357-8801
Snake Warrior's Island Natural Area, 3600 S.W. 62nd Ave., Miramar, FL 33023; 954-357-8776
Tradewinds Park & Stables, 3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek 33073; 954-357-8870
Tree Tops Park, 3900 S.W. 100th Ave., Davie 33328; 954-357-5130
T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park, 3300 N. Park Rd., Hollywood 33021; 954-357-8811
Vista View Park, 4001 S.W. 142nd Ave., Davie 33330; 954-357-8898
West Lake Park, 1200 Sheridan St., Hollywood 33019; 954-357-5161
Many cities also offer curbside pickup of trees without decorations. For Waste Management cities in Broward (Cooper City, Dania Beach, Davie, Parkland, Plantation and Pompano Beach), residents can place trees out at the curb on their regular trash day for about two weeks. In Fort Lauderdale, residents can place trees without decorations out with bulk trash or can cut them into pieces and place in the yard waste cart.