Green Waste

*Remember no collection on Christmas Day
or New Year's Day.
Collection on and after shifts by one day
(Tuesday to Wednesday, Wednesday to Thursday,
and Thursday to Friday).*

Curbside Collection

Green waste consists of plant trimmings that residents place in City-provided Green Waste paper bags or bundle with rope or twine for curbside collection on the same day as recycling.  This program is only available to residential ratepayers. Download the information flyer.

The collected Green Waste is delivered to the Comal County Rural Recycling location and chipped into free mulch. Curbside Green Waste collection is not provided to apartments, condominiums, or businesses.

Remember, don't trash your green waste - it jeopardizes the program. (¡NO ensucies tus deshechos de jardín y ramas! - in Espanol)

Collection Requirements

  • Use only paper green waste bags, either City-provided or purchased from retailers. Must be 30-gallon size and made of kraft paper.
  • Branches: cut into 4-foot lengths and tie bundle with rope or twine.
  • Each bag and each bundle must weigh less than 40 pounds.
  • Place curbside no earlier than 8:00 pm the day before collection, and no later than 6:30 am on the day of collection.
Acceptable Green Waste Prohibited Items
Garden trimmings
Grass clippings
Natural Christmas trees
       (if 8ft or taller, must be cut in half;
                no flocking or decorations)
Building materials
Food waste
Palm trees or fronds
Yucca plants

Green Waste Bags

The City provides residential ratepayers Green Waste paper bags at the following locations:
  • City Recycle Center - 488 S Castell Ave
  • City Library - 700 E Common St
  • Landa Recreation Center - 164 Landa Park Dr    (Labor Day to Memorial Day Only)
  • McKenna Gym - 801 W San Antonio St
  • City Hall - 550 Landa St

As of March 23, 2018, Green Waste bags are no longer available

at NBU's Main Office on Main Plaza.

Paper lawn and leaf bags can also be purchased from several local retailers and are clearly marked as lawn and leaf. Plastic bags are NOT accepted.

Bags are NOT for commercial business use!

Holiday Tree Mulching

For a limited time after Christmas, natural Christmas trees (free of flocking and decorations) can be dropped off at the City Recycle Center. View info flyer.

December 26 – January 12

Drop-off your natural trees at the City Recycle Center.
  • NO artificial trees
  • NO decorations (lights, garland, tinsel, stands, ornaments, etc.)
  • NO flocked trees (fake snow)

January 2 – January 12

Pick-up free holiday tree mulch at the City Recycle Center.

Tree mulch is for New Braunfels residents and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Mulch pick-up is self-load and residents will need to provide their own shovels and containers.


Click the tabs below to read more.
  1. Composting
  2. Mower Clippings

As easy as making a sandwich, composting is a great way to create fertile soil for your garden or yard, as well as reduce the waste you send to the landfill. Backyard and worm composting are two simple options.

 For more information on composting, read TCEQ's guide on Mulching and Composting.