How and where to recycle your Christmas tree in Atlanta

Take down the holly and pull down the tree.

The holiday season isn’t over once Christmas ends, but it will be time to figure out what to do with your Christmas tree.

According to the National Christmas Tree Association, up to 30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the U.S. annually. So where can you recycle your trees in Atlanta? Below is a round-up of places you can take your tree for recycling.

The City of Atlanta Department of Public Works

Live Christmas trees are collected at the curb with residents’ usual yard trimming pickup. Be sure to remove tinsel, lights, decoration, plastic bags and tree stands before putting them out.

Artificial trees are accepted for bulk waste collection, which must be scheduled. Place the tree on the curb by 7 p.m. the night before collection day.

The Home Depot

Statewide, there are Christmas tree drop-off locations for you to recycle your fir, pine, cedar or cypress.

According to, most Home Depot stores across Georgia take trees for recycling. The trees are chipped and transformed into compost and mulch.

Check with your local Home Depot to verify their hours for 2021 and 2022.

Big John’s Christmas Trees

Big John’s Trees doesn’t just offer tree delivery and lighting services, the company also provides removal and “tree-cycling.”

Prices vary by the height of your tree. The cut-off date for removal and recycling is Monday, Jan. 10th, 2022. Call or email Big John’s Christmas Trees for details.

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