Recycling Christmas trees

Don Thornton of Harker Heights disposes of his Christmas tree last year at Harker Heights’ Transfer Station. The city will collect trees again this year to turn into mulch.

Keep Killeen Beautiful and the Fort Hood Recycle Center are teaming up to encourage residents to recycle Christmas trees.

Keep Killeen Beautiful will be at the Special Events Center, 3301 S. W.S. Young Drive, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 4 accepting Christmas trees for recycling. Trees must be free of ornaments, tinsel, lights and other decorations.

Hilary Shine, city spokeswoman, said nearly 300 trees are recycled annually.

“Trees are mulched on-site with a wood chipper,” Shine said. “The mulch is offered back to residents for use in their gardens.”

She said leftover mulch will be used by the city’s parks department in local parks.

“Recycling your Christmas tree allows it to serve another purpose as garden mulch rather than taking up space in a landfill,” Shine said.

Excess holiday trash can be placed curbside in plastic bags no larger than 33 gallons by 7 a.m. on the first collection day following Christmas.

Shine said residents can bring other recyclables, like tinsel, holiday lights, wrapping paper and gift bags, to the Killeen Recycle Center.

Fort Hood

The Fort Hood Recycle Center is accepting Christmas trees, holiday lights, wrapping paper, gift boxes and bags to be recycled.

Recyclables will be accepted from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today through Jan. 6.

Trees will only be accepted free of ornaments, tinsel, lights and other decorations.

The trees will be taken to the Killeen Special Events Center to be mulched.

“This partnership with Fort Hood will help us expand a closed-loop system in our community and divert trees from ending up in the landfill,” Colen Wilson, chairman of Keep Killeen Beautiful, said in a news release.

Contact Natalie Stewart at or 254-501-7555


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