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Where to recycle live Christmas trees and wreaths in metro Phoenix

Starting Tuesday, Dec. 26, residents in metro Phoenix can drop off live trees and wreaths to be composted.

Live trees and wreaths that are free of lights, ornaments and stands can be taken to 14 Phoenix parks or the city’s two waste transfer stations. Sunbelt Rentals will also accept one tree per household at its two Phoenix locations. The trees and wreath will be taken to the city’s compost facility. Phoenix will accept live trees from residents through Sunday, Jan. 7.

Mesa offers five locations for Christmas tree recycling drop-offs through Jan, 16. According to the city, they “will be sustainably reused as garden mulch and marine habitats at Roosevelt Lake.”

Scottsdale recycling begins Dec. 30 and ends Jan. 15. Gilbert recyclingruns through Jan. 14. Other Valley cities also offer drop-off locations. 

Phoenix drop-off locations

North Phoenix

  • 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 
  • North Gateway Transfer Station - 30205 N. Black Canyon Highway (Dixileta Drive exit)

Central Phoenix

  • 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

South Phoenix

  • 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
  • 27th Avenue Transfer Station- 3060 S. 27th Ave.

Other options

Sunbelt Rentals: Phoenix residents may bring one undecorated Christmas tree per household to Sunbelt Rentals locations during these dates:

  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Tuesday, Dec. 26 to Friday, Jan. 5​, 2024 (closed on Saturdays and Sundays, and New Year's Day, Monday, Jan. 1)

Sunbelt Rentals locations: 

  • 4050 E. Indian School Road
  • 15634 N. 32nd St.

Tree and wreath disposal requirements

  • Bring the tree and wreath 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 or wreaths in marked drop-off areas.
  • Both transfer stations will accept up to two live trees from city of Phoenix residents. If residents wish to dispose of more than two, city of Phoenix customers with their city services bill and matching photo ID can use their one free load of up to 1 ton (2,000 pounds).

Contact Phoenix customer service at 602-262-6251 or email  [email protected] with questions.

As a senior field correspondent, Christina Estes focuses on stories that impact our economy, your wallet and public policy.