St. Pete sanitation officials want residents to turn their Christmas trees into “yuletide mulch” this year. Residents can place their trees next to their garbage and the city will collect the trees and turn them into yard mulch.
Christmas tree pickup is scheduled for January 9. Residents should not put trees on the curb or near alley trashcans until January 8. For those residents taking their trees down sooner, they can still be recycled early by taking them to one of the city’s five brush sites. Those locations are:
- 1000 62nd Avenue N.E.
- 7750 26th Avenue North
- 2500 26th Avenue South
- 4015 Dr. M.L. King Jr. Street South
- 2453 20th Avenue North
Brush sites are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. The sites open at 8 a.m. Monday through Friday. The sites will be closed on New Year’s Day.
Before recycling, all trees should be cleaned of any ornaments, lights, tinsel or other decorations. Tree disposal bags should also be removed. The city is asking residents to place the trees next to the city trashcans, but not in it.
Christmas tree special collection is a free city service.