MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Over the next week or so, the lights will come down and the decorations will be put away as we bid adieu to 2011.

Residents of Miami-Dade who are wondering what they’re going to do with their Christmas tree have several options.

Through Monday, Jan. 9th, 2012, the county’s 13 neighborhood trash and recycling centers will take them and turn them into mulch which they’ll give away free to residents on a first come, first serve basis.

Trees can be brought in for recycling to one of the locations listed below:
Trash and Recycling Centers (open seven days a week, 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)

  • North Dade Landfill – 21500 NW 47 Avenue
  • Norwood – 19901 NW 7 Avenue
  • Palm Springs North – 7870 NW 178 Street
  • Golden Glades – 140 NW 160 Street
  • West Little River – 1830 NW 79 Street
  • Snapper Creek – 2200 SW 117 Avenue
  • Sunset Kendall – 8000 SW 107 Avenue
  • Chapman Field – 13600 SW 60 Avenue
  • Richmond Heights – 14050 Boggs Drive
  • West Perrine – 16651 SW 107 Ave
  • Eureka Drive – 9401 SW 184 Street
  • South Miami Heights – 20800 SW 117 Court
  • Moody Drive – 12970 SW 268 Street

The trees will also be accepted at the county’s two Home Chemical Collection Centers at 8831 N.W. 58th Street in west Miami-Dade and 23707 SW 97th Avenue in south Miami—Dade from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)

If the idea of hauling the tree to the recycling center seems to be too much of a hassle, 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 Monday, January 9, 2012, and it will be collected.

Christmas trees placed at the curbside after January 9th 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.

In Broward County, residents can take advantage of the free Chip-A-Tree program which recycles trees into mulch that’s used throughout the park system. Undecorated trees can be brought to either Brian Piccolo Park on Sheridan Street or C.B. Smith Park on Flamingo Road through January 22.

There’s a limit of two trees per vehicle and the sites will be closed January 17th.

Residents of Cooper City and Davie can leave their trees curbside – they’ll be picked up through the end of the month.  Weston trees left curbside will be picked up through Jan. 28th.  Hallandale Beach residents can leave their trees curbside beginning Jan. 5th and they will be picked up through Feb. 24th.

In Plantation, curbside trees will be pick up on Jan. 3, 9, 22 and 30 or residents can take them to the Public Works Transfer Station.

In Coral Springs, Dania Beach, Ft. Lauderdale residents are urged to cut up their trees and put them out on their regular garbage collection days.


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