Turn your Christmas tree into mulch and compost and keep large gift boxes out of the trash (and out of sight of would-be thieves) through the City’s Tree Cycling and Holiday Box Recycling programs. Both programs continue through Feb. 1. 

Trees may be dropped off at the Municipal Service Center, 1260 Columbia Dr., or set out at the curb and picked up as part of the City’s weekly Brush and Bulky Item Collection. Trees must be natural (not artificial), unflocked and all decorations, nails etc. must be removed. The mulch and compost are created thanks to a regional partnership between Richardson, Plano, Allen, McKinney, Frisco and Texas Pure; it is used in landscaping by the cities and offered to the public for purchase. Residents of the five member cities receive a discount.  

Boxes (flattened) may be dropped off at the following locations: 

  • Custer Park  
    700 W. Renner Rd. (near the tennis courts) 
  • Recycle Center (available year-round)  
    102 N. Cottonwood Dr. 
  • 1500 Apollo Rd. (near the Huffhines Tennis Center courts) 
  • Breckinridge Park  
    5200 Park Vista Rd. (near the baseball complex) 

Website: www.cor.net/treecycling 
Website: www.cor.net/boxrecycling 

Contact: 972-744-4111 for BABIC pick-up; be sure to request that the tree be collected for composting.