Recycling Programs

Keep Southlake Beautiful offers residents an opportunity to recycle their leaves, Christmas trees, cell phones, and ink cartridges in an environmentally friendly way. These green initiatives align with the mission to strive through educational and motivational programs to improve the appearance of Southlake and to preserve and enhance our local natural environment. We aim to accomplish everything possible in order to keep Southlake looking and feeling its best. KSB encourages all citizens to participate in all of these recycling programs and help keep Southlake beautiful.

Citizens of Southlake recycled 185 tons of leaves, created 4 cubic yards of mulch through recycled Christmas trees, and recycled hundreds of cell phones and ink-jet cartridges during 2012.

Cell Phone and Ink-Jet Recycling

Every day, tons of materials are taken to landfills that could be given new life if reused properly. Consider recycling or reusing rather than throwing away cell phones and ink cartridges. Bring your old cell phones and used ink cartridges to the Community Services Department at 1400 Main Street to be recycled.

Cell Phones

Keep Southlake Beautiful accepts donations of old cell phones to be refurbished for charities. Cell phones go to those who need them most to keep in contact with their families and other important people.

Ink Cartridges

Keep Southlake Beautiful recycles ink cartridges. This helps keep the cartridges out of landfills and puts them into homes that need them.

Christmas Tree Recycling

Recycling your Christmas tree saves valuable landfill space. Real Christmas trees are biodegradable, which means they can be easily reused or recycled for mulch and other purposes. Drop off your bare tree (without decorations or a base) at Bicentennial Park at 450 West Southlake Boulevard. The city will turn the tree into wood chips.

2019-2020 Program Dates

  • Drop-off: December 13, 2019 -  January 16, 2020
  • Mulch Pickup: Mid-January until gone

More Information

If you have questions, call (817) 748-8019. For more information about how real Christmas trees benefit the environment, visit the National Christmas Tree Association website.

Curbside Leaf Recycling

The City of Southlake and Republic Services are pleased to offer curbside leaf recycling for Southlake residents. The leaf recycling program gives citizens the opportunity to place their bagged leaves on the curb and have them picked up for recycling rather than ending up in the landfill.

Program Success

During this program, Southlake residents have bagged and recycled over 1900 tons of leaves. The leaves that accumulate in and around a landscape represent a valuable natural resource that can be used to provide landscaped areas with a good source of organic matter and nutrients.

2019/2020 Collection Dates

  • Wednesday, November 27, 2019
  • Wednesday, December 4, 2019
  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019
  • Wednesday, December 18, 2019
  • Wednesday, January 8, 2020
  • Wednesday, January 22, 2020  (Collection date moved to December 11 due to volume)

How to Participate

Place bagged leaves at the curb no later than 7:00 a.m. on designated collection days. Make sure bagged leaves are physically separated from other solid waste. Any type of bag may be used.

Leaf Recycling Facts

Why it's important to recycle your leaves:
  • During the year, at least 20% of the solid waste generated by Texans comes from grass clippings, tree leaves and other landscape wastes. Of the landscape waste, approximately half is composed of tree leaves.
  • Bagging leaves and placing them into the curbside garbage collection system uses valuable landfill space, removes nutrients from the environment and costs cities and the people of Texas more in increased taxes and service fees.
  • Leaves contain 50-80% of the nutrients a plant extracts from the soil and air during the growing season. In forests, pastures and other natural settings, tree leaves and other organic wastes form a natural carpet over the soil surface. This conserves moisture, moderates temperature and prevents soil erosion and crusting.