If you still have a natural Christmas tree hanging around that needs to be turned into mulch and compost, and/or any large, empty gift boxes filling up space in your home or garage, take advantage of the City’s Tree Cycling and Holiday Box Recycling programs, which will be available through next Friday, Feb. 2.   

Trees may be dropped off at the Municipal Service Center, 1260 Columbia Dr., 24/7, 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 (dry and 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: Request online or call 972-744-4111 for BABIC pick-up; be sure to request that the tree be collected for composting.