AUSTIN (KXAN) – Nothing says the holidays are over like the sight of a drying, undecorated Christmas tree sitting lonesome on the curb with the empty boxes and discarded wrapping paper.
But that doesn't mean the trees are heading to the landfill. Austin residents can give their trees a second life by recycling them into a local resource, city officials say. And the annual tree recycling campaign has keeps nearly 20,000 trees out area landfills after the holidays end.
For Austin curbside customers, recycling Christmas trees is as easy as setting it on the curb. Austin Resource Recovery will pick up all trees, along with yard trimmings, on regularly scheduled collection days. The collected trees and yard trimmings are then composted into Dillo Dirt.
Residents should use the following guidelines when recycling their tree:
- All trees 6 feet or taller should be cut in half (only for curbside collection)
- Remove all ornaments, decorations, lights and the tree stand
- Do not place tree in a "tree bag" before setting on the curb
- Only real Christmas trees may be recycled
All residents, including those without City of Austin curbside service, can drop off their trees at the Zilker Park Polo Fields between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the following days:
- Saturday, Jan. 5
- Sunday, Jan. 6
- Saturday, Jan. 12
- Sunday, Jan. 13
Mulch from trees collected at Zilker will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to Austin residents on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Austin's Parks and Recreation department will also give out Desert Willow seedlings.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police confirm they have located an 82-year-old women who went missing last night.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.