Where to recycle your Christmas Trees and how to take it down mess free!

Wondering what to do with that live Christmas tree now? There are many drop-off locations in Georgia. Most are recycling the trees to help beautify your community. For a detailed list check out pickyourowntree.com

Below are a few locations in our area but first! Here's how to take down that live tree mess-free according to Martha Stewart!

You will need a large bedsheet. Start by taking off all the ornaments, lights, and baubles you’ve adorned your Christmas tree with and set them safely aside.

  • Then, lay the sheet on the floor next to the tree and take it out of the tree stand.
  • Wrap the trunk in a towel to soak up extra water.
  • Lay the tree on its side on the sheet and wrap it up, making sure all branches are covered.
  • Take it out of the house trunk-first, that way the branches don’t catch on the door frame and break off.
  • And hopefully, this helps you avoid the mess of a bazillion stray needles scattered on the floor in a trail out the door.


City of Atlanta's bulk waste collection - scheduled an appointment through the city's public works portal. Bulk waste should be placed on the curb by 7 p.m. the night before your scheduled collection day; however, no solid waste or bulk waste collection will take place Jan. 1.

The Home Depot also has drop-off locations for Georgians to recycle fir, pine, cedar or cypress Christmas trees. Most Home Depot locations across the state will accept trees for recycling. On the second Saturday in January, many locations statewide will take trees (you can have purchased your tree anywhere) for recycling.

Here are a few of the Home Depot locations that are accepting trees and the dates and times, but call and verify hours. All trees must be free of lights and ornaments.

Home Depot, 2525 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta - Jan. 9, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Home Depot, 650 Ponce de Leon Place NE, Atlanta - Jan. 9, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Home Depot , 5300 Windward Parkway. Alpharetta - Jan. 9, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Home Depot, 3355 Cobb Pkwy, Acworth, GA 30101 - 770-917-8425

Home Depot,1200 East-West Connector - Austell, GA 30106 - 770-941-9600

Home Depot,2350 Dallas Hwy - Marietta, GA 30064 - 770-792-6858

Home Depot, 4101 Roswell Road NE Marietta, GA 30062 - 770-977-9700

Home Depot, 449 Roberts Ct NW Kennesaw, GA 30144 - 770-424-1309

Home Depot, 3605 Sandy Plains Road - Marietta, GA 30066 - 770-971-2470

Home Depot, 1062 Richard Sailors Pkwy Powder Springs, GA 30127 - 770-222-3619

Home Depot, 1655 Shiloh Road Kennesaw, GA 30144 - 770-421-1245

Home Depot, 450 Cumberland Pkwy SE - Atlanta, GA 30339 - 770-432-9930 - this location only on January 9, 2021 from 9 am to 4 pm

Big John's Christmas Trees also provide tree recycling and removal services for varying prices depending on the tree size:

Eight feet or less: $50

Eight feet to nine feet: $60

Nine feet to 10 feet: $70

All trees over 10 feet tall will be individually priced

Only cash or checks are accepted, and the cut-off date for removal and recycling is Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. Call, text or email Big John's Christmas Trees at 404-333-2834 or bigjohnstreeremoval@gmail.com.

These parks:

Lost Mountain Park

4845 Dallas Hwy

Powder Springs, GA 30127

Noonday Creek Park

489 Hawkins Store Rd

Kennesaw, GA 30144

Fullers Park

3499 Robinson Rd

Marietta, GA 30067

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