How To Donate a Living Christmas Tree - 2016 / 2017

Your Christmas Tree Can Live On in a Local Park

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If you purchased a living Christmas tree in a container, and you don't intend to plant it on your own property, you may donate it to a local park so that everyone can enjoy it for years to come.

Here are the specifics relating to donating living trees. Fresh cut trees are not accepted at these sites.

If you don't live in one of these cities, contact your own city's Public Works, Recycling or Solid Waste Department.

They can tell you if they accept potted Christmas trees for donation and re-planting.

City of Chandler

Live potted Christmas trees can be donated for replanting at City parks. Call 480-782-2745 for information.

Town of Gilbert

Live 15 gallon or larger potted Christmas trees can be donated for possible replanting at Town parks.
Drop them off at the Public Works North maintenance yard at 658 N. Freestone Parkway, Gilbert, AZ 85234. Trees can be dropped off outside the maintenance gate. Please call 480-503-6262 for additional information. 

City of Mesa

The City of Mesa also accepts the donation of live potted Christmas trees, five feet or taller, for planting at City parks. Residents may drop them off at the following locations:

  • Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities Administration Office
    200 S. Center St., Bldg. 1
    Monday-Thursday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Red Mountain Multigenerational Center
    7550 E. Adobe St.
    Monday-Friday 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    When dropping off live potted trees please notify front desk. Call Mesa's Solid Waste Management Department at 480-644-2688 or visit them online for more information.

    City of Phoenix

    Container-grown living trees may be donated for planting in city of Phoenix parks. Parks will only accept 15 gallon-sized or 24" box-sized trees.

    The trees need to be one of the four following species:
    - Aleppo pine (Pinus halepensis)
    - Eldrica pine or Goldwater pine (Pinus eldarica)
    - Canary Island pine (Pinus canariensis)
    - Chir pine (Pinus roxburghii)
    Call 602-495-3762 for drop-off locations or for additional information.

    All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.