2011 New Year’s resolution: Recycle your Christmas tree

By Gayle Love….
Now through Jan. 7, residents who receive curbside waste collection service from the Miami-Dade Department of Solid Waste Management (DSWM) are encouraged to recycle their natural Christmas trees by taking them to one of the county’s Neighborhood Trash and Recycling Centers (TRCs) or two Home Chemical Collection Centers.

All trees brought in for recycling must be free of lights, tinsel, ornaments and tree stands. The trees will be converted into mulch, available free to residents on a first-come, first-served basis beginning in mid-January.

Trees can be brought in for recycling to one of several area locations:

Trash and Recycling Centers
(open seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
Snapper Creek, 2200 SW 117 Ave.;
Sunset Kendall, 8000 SW 107 Ave.;
Chapman Field, 13600 SW 60 Ave.;
Richmond Heights, 14050 Boggs Dr.;
West Perrine, 16651 SW 107 Ave.;
Eureka Drive, 9401 SW 184 St.;
South Miami Heights, 20800 SW 117 Ct., and
Moody Drive, 12970 SW 268 St.

Home Chemical Collection Centers
(accepts Christmas trees for recycling seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
West Miami-Dade, 8831 NW 58 St., and
South Miami-Dade, 23707 SW 97 Ave. Gate-B.

Residents who choose not to recycle their Christmas trees will have the following two options for disposal:
• Residents may cut the tree into smaller pieces and place it inside their green waste cart for collection on any of their regularly scheduled waste collection days. The tree must fit entirely inside the waste cart. Trees placed next to the waste cart cannot be collected by the automated waste collection truck.

• For those residents who cannot drop off their Christmas tree for recycling or cut it in pieces and place it in their waste cart, the tree may be placed at the curbside no later than Friday, Jan. 7, and it will be collected. Christmas trees placed at the curbside after Jan. 7 will not be picked up and must either be taken to a drop-off location or placed in the waste cart for collection as described above.

Christmas tree mulch will be available at the TRC locations listed beginning in mid-January for residents to pick up using their own bags or containers on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

Area locations are: West Perrine, 16651 SW 107 Ave.; Eureka Drive, 9401 SW 184 St.; Moody Drive, 12970 SW 268 St., and Sunset Kendall, 8000 SW 107 Ave.

For more information, call 3-1-1 or visit online at

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