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Recycle Your Real Christmas Tree & Christmas Lights

Holiday trees and lights can be recycled.

Free Tree Mulch

Mulch from recycled trees is available only at Eagle Rock Convenience Center, 6301 Eagle Rock NE.

View Eagle Rock Convenience Center location.

The Solid Waste Management Department, Parks and Recreation and PNM will recycle real Christmas trees and Christmas lights for free at three separate locations in Albuquerque beginning Jan. 2, 2016. No artificial trees will be accepted.

PNM Vegetation Management crews and Parks and Recreation staff will grind trees into chips, which can then be used as mulch to provide a better growing environment for plants and landscapes.  Residents can pick up the freshly ground wood chips for use in their home landscapes free of charge while supplies last.

After dropping off their Christmas tree, residents may deposit their Christmas tree lights into marked containers for recycling. Christmas tree lights should never be placed into the blue recycling carts that residents use at their homes.

Drop-Off Location

Trees and lights may be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 2 through Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at:

  • Montessa Park Convenience Center, 3512 Los Picaros SE, (505) 873-6607
  • Eagle Rock Convenience Center, 6301 Eagle Rock NE, (505) 857-8318
  • Ladera Golf Course, Coors and Ladera NW, (505) 836-4449

Prepare Your Tree

Please remove all bags, tree stands, decorations and lights from trees before dropping them off to be mulched. 

Limit 5 trees per resident, no commercial customers.