FOR RELEASE: Dec. 18, 2006

GALVESTON, Texas ? Christmas trees are more than just a symbol of celebration during the holidays. Turned into mulch, they can provide year-round benefits. Each year, more than 32 million Christmas trees are sold in the United States. In a national survey, 93 percent of consumers who used a real Christmas tree recycle them in some type of community program.

The Galveston Partners in Composting ? a partnership of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, the city of Galveston and Moody Gardens ? would like Galveston area residents to do their part in helping the environment by turning Christmas trees into valuable mulch.

The annual Christmas tree recycling drive will begin Dec.18 and end Jan.12. All live evergreen trees (including flocked trees) will be accepted. All tinsel, lights, decorations and plastic or metal stands need to be removed. Wooden stands are permitted.

The 2005 effort succeeded in diverting more than 500 Christmas trees from the local landfill.

“We would like to double, or even triple, the number we received last year,” said Ken Steblein, UTMB recycling coordinator. “The mulch we make from the recycled trees will be used in the Galveston’s landscape during spring planting, but we could use a lot more.”

Here are locations to drop off trees for recycling:


Drop off trees at the designated fenced area at the base of the water tower on the corner of Port Holiday and Harborside drives. For more information, contact Steblein at (409) 772-3599.

City of Galveston

Drop off trees at the city recycling center, 702 61st St. The recycling center will be closed Dec. 23–26 and Jan. 1. For information, contact Gene Williamson at (409) 789-6410.

The city of Galveston also will do a curbside (not alley) pick-up from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the following days:

Jan 5 — all streets east of 43rd Street to the San Marino subdivision
Jan. 6 — all streets west of 43rd Street to 103rd Street

Trees will be picked up on regular trash days for residents living on streets west of 103rd Street.

Contact Kevin Matthews at (409) 741-4636 for questions regarding curbside pickup.

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Public Affairs Office
301 University Boulevard, Suite 3.102
Galveston, Texas 77555-0144