Where and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in California in January 2017
In many urban and suburban areas, Christmas trees are collected from curbside during the first 2 weeks in January. Be sure to remove all
remove all lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments, nails, stands, other
NON-Organic decorative materials and other materials that are not part
of the original tree. This includes tree stands also. Flocked trees are usually accepted, but not artificial trees. Large trees (larger
than the standard 6 - 7 ft tree) may need to be cut in half to
be acceptable by your
garbage hauler. But scrroll down this page for more specific
information and local links.
What happens to the trees? In most cases, the trees are chipped and made into a mulch
which is usually made available, free to city or county residents.
Important: Never burn your Christmas tree in a fireplace or wood stove.
Burning the tree may contribute to creosote buildup and could cause a
Tips: Always follow the links (usually the name of the city or county) below for updated information, as these agencies often wait until the last minute to change dates or
update their information (it's government, remember?). If your area is
not specifically mentioned below, contact your trash collection agency and inquire!
See this page for local options to easily recycle your Christmas holiday lights
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Chocolate Yule log and
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California: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays
If you do not find your area below (which is unlikely, this is a
fairly comprehensive list), click here to contact your city or county's
Christmas Tree Recycling Programs by County and City in California
Alameda County - provides curbside
pick-up of Christmas trees and yard-trimmings. Call the county's
recycling hotline at 877-STOPWASTE or find your city's specific
Contra Costa County - (complete city - by city listing)
RSS customers see this page (look about halfway down the page)
- Most cities in Contra Costa pick-up Christmas trees
City of Corona -
For two weeks after Christmas (through Friday, January 8), your
discarded Christmas trees can be recycled curbside by placing them
inside your green waste barrel or simply alongside the curb on trash
day. The collection of trees for recycling is free. Please prepare
your trees by removing all decorations including tinsel, lights,
ornaments and tree stands. Flocked trees will be collected but
cannot be recycled. Please do not place your tree in a bag or a net
sleeve. Also note, trees over six feet tall must be cut in half. For
more information, please call Waste Management of the Inland Empire
at (800) 423-9986.
Corona WM will collect and recycle Christmas trees for the first
two weeks following Christmas on your regular collection day. Trees
longer than six feet must be cut in half. Please remove all tinsel,
metal ornaments and metal stands from trees. Flocked trees will be
collected but cannot be recycled.
Dorado County - First, remove all of the ornaments,
lights, garland, and tinsel, as well as the stand. Then you can
recycle your bare, real Christmas tree through one of
- Between January 3 and 17, you can drop off
your Christmas tree for free recycling at the Material Recovery
Facility (MRF), located at 4100 Throwita Way, Placerville. The
MRF is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- If you have
curbside service, Christmas trees will be picked up from the
curb during your yard waste collection week. Please cut the tree
into pieces and bundle the pieces with string or twine. Bundles
should be no more than 3 feet long and 18 inches in diameter.
Place the bundles next to your yard waste cart.
- Check with
your Community Services District (CSD). Some of the CSD areas
will provide tree chipping events after the holidays.
Residents of Cameron Park Community
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off Christmas trees between December
26th and February 14th at Cameron Park Lake, 2989 Cambridge Rd,
in the lower paved parking lot (look for signs). The
park is open every day from 7:00 a.m. to dusk. Trees may be
dropped off free of charge. These trees will be chipped and
recycled. Please be sure to remove all lights and decorations.
If you need assistance, or just do not have the time, please use
the Boy Scouts troops 550 and 700. They will be leaving
information on your door.
Glendale, CA - The Integrated Waste Management
Division has an easy, convenient and free program to recycle
Christmas trees from December 26 through mid-January (the 16th
in 2016) (excluding January 1st). Call the Integrated Waste
Management Division at (818) 548-3916 or view/download the Daily
Collection Areas to determine your refuse collection day. To
Recycle Your Tree:
Remove all ornaments, decorations,
buckets, bags, stands, bars, nails and most tinsel. Flocked and
trees coated with fire retardant are acceptable. Cut trees
greater than eight feet tall in half. Place the tree at the curb
or in the alley for pick-up on your refuse collection day.
Single Family Homes: Place trees next to refuse on service day.
Multi-Family Residents and Businesses: Place trees together in
the parkway by 7 am of the collection day (beginning at 7:00
pm the night before); Do NOT place Christmas trees in refuse
Give the Earth a gift by recycling your
Christmas tree after the holiday season. The Integrated Waste
Management Division has an easy, convenient and free program to
recycle Christmas trees from January 2, 2017 through January 20,
2017. Call the Integrated Waste Management Division at (818)
548-3916 or view/download the Daily Collection Areas to
determine your refuse collection day.
see the map of the collection area schedule days, click here.
Angeles City - The City of LA Bureau of Sanitation
has CURBSIDE collection for Christmas trees. If your Christmas
tree is too big to cut and place it inside the green waste bin,
simply place the tree (stripped of ornaments, etc.) next
to your green waste bin on collection day. If you want to use
your green bin to recycle Christmas tree:
ornaments, decorations, tinsels, and stand from the tree
tree in pieces to fit into the green bin, and
PLACE the tree
pieces inside the green bin for regular pick-up on collection
day. Collected Christmas trees will be recycled into compost and
Residents of multifamily
buildings (Multi-Family Residential Recycling Program
Participation (MFRRP)) are requested to place their
Christmas trees at the curbside on the collection day in your
neighborhood. Whether you are serviced by LA Sanitation or a
private hauler, we will pick up your tree on your neighborhood's
scheduled collection day. Please remove all ornaments,
decorations, tinsel, and the stand from tree. Click this link
and enter your address to find the scheduled collection day in
your neighborhood. Visit the
City website for
collection day information. You may also recycle trees by
bringing them to one of the drop-off sites operated by the City.
Click here for drop-off locations of the City's program as well
as more detailed information.
Recreation and Park locations and participating Fire Stations:
Recreation & Park will accept Christmas trees for ONE DAY ONLY
(Sunday, January 3, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) Some
locations will not be open.
listing of locations on this page. There will be NO
giveaways and we will NOT be accepting holiday wrapping and
packaging material at sites. Please remove all ornaments,
decorations, tinsels, and stand from tree.
- Los Angeles
See this page dedicated to Christmas tree recycling in Los Angeles
(City and County). There's too much to fit here.
Marin County - picks up Christmas trees
through the month of January on the day it normally collects
Trees over 6 feet tall, call 415-485-5646, or bring the tree to
the Marin Resource and Recovery Center. Many local fire stations
also collect Christmas trees.
Larkspur, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Las Gallinas Valley, Ross, San Anselmo, San
Rafael, Fairfax, and Ross Valley (Sleepy Hollow and Oak Manor): Trees will be
collected at the curb on your regular yard waste pickup day during the month of
January. One pickup per residence. If trees are greater than 6 feet in length,
please cut them in half. Remove all metal stands, plastic tree bags, and
ornaments. Flocked trees will not be accepted.
and also see this
Scouts-sponsored curbside Christmas tree pickup! Recycle your old
Christmas lights at our Napa office in December and January.
Click here for
year-round options. The annual Napa Valley District Boy
Scouts Christmas Tree Pickup and Recycling Day comes to Napa on
the Saturday, January 7th, 2017. Please have your tree on the
curb by 9:00am on Saturday morning. Please DO NOT set out your
tree earlier in the week, since tree collection will not take
place until Saturday. Trees must be free of ornaments, nails,
tinsel, stands, and metal spikes. All are contaminants or safety
hazards. A voluntary donation of $10 per tree is suggested and
appreciated. Please do not leave money on the tree!
Scouts will come to your door. Please leave a check made out to
"Boy Scouts of America" in an envelope at your door. Please
note: Customers in Napa County who miss the January Boy Scout
tree pickup may place their tree out for collection on their
normal service day beginning the following Monday. Please follow
the above tree preparation guidelines and cut trees over 8′ in
half. Flocked trees are accepted. Wreaths, pumpkins, and other
holiday greenery go in the compost cart.
At our Napa
Recycling and Composting Facility, we turn all your holiday
greenery into compost, mulch or fuel for renewable energy.
Riverside County - Most areas have a curbide pickup
service. Most trash haulers will collect Christmas trees
curbside for two weeks after Christmas if you put the stripped
tree, cut into 4 ft lengths, next to the green waste container
on your regular pick-up day. or those who don't have a curbside pickup program,
there are several drop-off locations that will accept up to
three residential prepared trees for free for two weeks after
B.P. John Recycling, 28700 Mathews Road, Romoland
Burrtec Compost Facility, 87-011 Landfill Road, Coachella
Burrtec Recycle Center, 41-800 Corporate Way, Palm Desert
Burrtec/Robert A. Nelson Transfer Station, 1830 Agua Mansa Road,
California Biomass, 83-109 Avenue 62, Thermal
California Department of Fish & Game, 17041 S. Lovekin Blvd.,
A. Lua Wood Recycling, 18938 Mermack Ave., Lake
Riverside County Badlands Landfill, 31125 Ironwood
Ave., Moreno Valley
Riverside County Lamb Canyon Landfill,
16411 Lamb Canyon Road, Beaumont
SA Recycling, 29250 Rio Del
Sol, Thousand Palms
If you would like more
information on this program, please call Riverside County Waste
Management Department (951) 486-3200 or visit the website at
January 7 and 8, 2017, Limit 5 trees per vehicle*. Please remove ornaments, tinsel,
lights, tree stand, and nails. Flocked trees will be accepted.
*Note: Loads in excess of 5 trees will only be accepted at:
Elder Creek Recovery & Transfer Station, Kiefer Landfill, and
the North Area Recovery Station.
Limit 5 trees per vehicle*.
Elder Creek Recovery &
8642 Elder Creek Road (Jackson Hwy, south
on Florin Perkins Road, left on Elder Creek Road)
8 am - 3
pm, January 7 and January 8
Blvd (Jackson Hwy, north on Grant Line Road, right on Kiefer
8:30 am - 4:30 pm, January 7 and 8
4450 Roseville Road (Hwy 80, north on
Watt Ave, left on Roseville Road, inside Recovery Station)
am - 6 pm, January 7 and 8
SMUD Corporation Yard
Folsom Blvd (just off Hwy 50)
8 am - 3:30 pm, January 7 only
Sacramento Recycling and Transfer Station
Road (Jackson Hwy., south Florin Perkins Road, right on
8 am - 5 pm, January 7
trees Dec. 26 - Jan. 6, Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm
Dan Russell Rodeo Arena
Rodeo Park (end of
Stafford Street next to the Rodeo Arena)
9 am - 3 pm, January
San Diego County - Annual Christmas Tree
Recycling Program from December 26 through January 23rd. This year's program will provide 16 drop-off locations
available to residents only.
To recycle a Christmas tree after
January 23rd, see the
Miramar Greenery which accepts trees throughout the year.
Curbside collection (For
residents with yard waste collection only): Manual container
customers using their own bins should place trees on the curb
for collection on your regular greenery recycling pickup day.
Trees over four feet in length should be cut in half. Automated
container customers using the large, green 96-gallon bin
provided by the city should cut their trees to fit into the
automated container for pickup on collection day. Both green and
flocked trees (fake snow) are accepted. For Greenery, curbside,
and drop-off sites, all tree stands, lights, ornaments, tinsel,
and other tree decorations must be removed. No artificial trees.
Please do not illegally dump any other items at the drop-off
locations. Both green and flocked trees (fake snow) are
accepted. For Greenery, curbside, and drop-off sites, all tree
stands, lights, ornaments, tinsel, and other tree decorations
must be removed. No artificial trees. Please do not illegally
dump any other items at the drop-off locations.
tree recycling fliers:
PDF in English;
PDF in Spanish.
Carmel Valley - Carmel Valley Recreation Center, 3777 Townsgate
Drive, lower parking lot
Encanto - Cielo Drive at Woodman
Golden Hill - Golden Hill Recreation Center, 2600 Golf
La Jolla - Kate Sessions Memorial Park, Soledad
Road and Loring Street
Logan Heights - Memorial Recreation
Center, 2902 Marcy Avenue
Miramar - The Greenery at the
Miramar Landfill, Convoy Street north of Highway 52
Bay - Sea World Drive at Pacific Highway
Oak Park - Chollas
Lake, 6350 College Grove Drive, in Gloria's Mesa parking lot
Ocean Beach - Robb Athletic Field Recreation Center, 2525 Bacon
Otay Mesa/Nestor - Montgomery Waller Community Park
(lower-west parking lot)
Rancho Bernardo - Rancho Bernardo
Recreation Center, 18448 W. Bernardo Drive
- Canyonside Recreation Center, 12350 Black Mountain Road
Diego State University - Parking Lot D off Alvarado Road
Scripps Ranch - Scripps Ranch Recreation Center, 11454 Blue
Tierrasanta - De Portola Middle School, 11010
Clairemont Mesa Boulevard
University City - Swanson Pool,
3585 Governor Drive
- San Francisco -
See this page for much
more information about recycling your Christmas tree in the San
In general: San Francisco residents and businesses
may recycle their Christmas trees in several ways:
1) Curbside Pick Up
during the first 2 weeks of January (On the resident's
regular recycling day)
2) Drop Off at Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council from December
26-January 12 at 780 Frederick St. or
3) Drop Off at Golden Gate Disposal and Recycling from December
26-January 11 at 900 7th St./Berry
Instructions: No flocked trees (sprayed with fake snow),
Remove any metal or plastic base (wood bases are okay)
Remove all lights, tinsel and other decorations
No trees in plastic bags
Also see the
Sunset Scavenger Curbside Program, San Francisco, CA 94134. Phone: (415) 330-1300. Open: Please call for their curbside collection schedule.
San Francisco Residents can also be taken to the Haight-Ashbury
Neighborhood Council until January 17, or Recology Golden Gate and
Recology San Francisco until January 15.
Mateo County - curbside collection of trees through
January. Each city has different pick-up days and times, click
on the link at left to check their listing to find yours. There
are also six recycling centers that will accept trees. Allied
Waste of San Carlos, and Ox Mountain Landfill will accept
"flocked" trees, those with artificial snow on them.
Flocked trees cannot be composted at other facilities.
bag your tree. If you do, it will not be recycled. Place trees
at the curbside on your regular yard waste or compost service
day. Remove stands, lights, tinsel, ornaments and other
decorations. Cut them into shorter lengths if they are larger
than the lengths specified below in the how to prepare column.
Multi-family residents must call Customer Service to arrange a
location on site for tree pick up.
Santa Barbara County - Please remove all
ornaments, tinsel and stands before recycling. Trees with stands
and flocked trees cannot be recycled and will not be accepted.
Please cut trees over 6 feet in half. South Coast: Customers of
MarBorg Industries may place trees in or near their green waste
containers or next to their trash containers on their regular
trash collection days. In the City of Carpinteria,
customers of E.J. Harrison & Sons may place their Christmas
trees in or near their green waste carts or next to their trash
containers on January 3rd. Owners and managers of
multi-unit dwellings should call their waste hauler for
Christmas tree recycling details. North County: Customers of
Waste Management and the City of Santa Maria may place their
Christmas trees next to their trash containers by 6:00 a.m. on
collection days from January 7th through 11th. Customers in the
City of Lompoc may place their trees next to their trash
containers by 7:00 a.m. on January 7th. If you don't have trash
service or would like to get rid of your tree earlier than the
collection date for your area, take it to one of the locations
Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
Santa Clara County - Mountain View will pick-up
curbside trees from Christmas Day through January 27th from
single-family properties. Recology (PDF) will pick-up Christmas
trees in Cupertino throughout the month of January; trees cannot
be larger than 5 feet tall. Gilroy will pick-up Christmas trees
that are cut into three-foot pieces. Check your October bill for
specific dates. Los Gatos will collect Christmas trees under 6
feet on normal collection days. For more information call West
Valley Collection and Recycling at 408-283-9250.
cities have yard-trimming programs.
Santa Cruz - (county
website) but there's
more information here.
Santa Rosa County - takes Christmas trees for
recycling until Janaury 16 at the locations below. The trees
will be chipped into mulch, which will be available at a date to
be announced through Keep Santa Rosa Beautiful in Milton.
Clean Community System/Green-Up Nursery, 6758 Park Ave. in
Jay Transfer Station on Transfer Station Road in Jay.
Pace Volunteer Fire Department at 4773 Pace Patriot Blvd. in
Navarre Beach Boat Ramp Parking Lot Recycle Area on
Gulf Boulevard in Navarre Beach.
Tiger Point Recreation Area
in Gulf Breeze, east of Walmart.
Free recycling of
electronics is available at the Central Landfill's Household
Hazardous Waste Center at 6337 Da Lisa Road in Milton.
- Most cities in Solano County have curbside pick-up on specific
dates in early January. Find your town's dates. Programs take
place during the end of December and early January each year.
Watch for details in your local newspaper. Recycle your old
Christmas lights at Napa Recycling & Waste Services 820 Levitin
Way - American Canyon 707 255-5200, Daily 8am-4pm (Closed
California - Christmas trees are recycled into
mulch and compost. Holiday tree Compost and mulch made from
Christmas trees is highly prized for its acidic qualities.
Please take advantage of one of the four convenient recycling
methods available to you.Remember that in order for your tree to
be recycled, it must be free of lights, decoration, tinsel and
stand (metal or wood). Flocked trees will not be accepted.
Residents have four options for recycling their Christmas tree
1. Cut the tree to fit in your yard waste
container or have your whole tree picked up at the curb (select
areas). Put your tree in your yard waste container and place at
the curb on your regular yard waste collection day. The tree
MUST be CUT TO FIT inside the container (4 foot or less
sections, please). Trees sticking out of the container can
interfere with the lifting arm on the truck. Thank you for your
help. Cloverdale, Cotati, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Rohnert Park,
Santa Rosa, Windsor and unincorporated Sonoma County have whole
tree collection. Place your unflocked tree beside your yard
waste container on your regular collection day the dates of:
Cloverdale January 4, 2, 2017 - January 6, 2017
January 9, 2017 - January 13, 2017
Healdsburg December 26,
2016 - January 6, 2017
Petaluma December 26, 2016 - December
Rohnert Park January 9, 2017 - January 20, 2017
Santa Rosa January 4, 2, 2017 - January 13, 2017
December 26, 2016 - December 30, 2016
after December 15, 2016 for updated information.
Outside of listed days, place tree in yard waste
container; cut the tree to fit. Please do not bag your tree.
2. Call (707) 565-3333 for an appointment to have a non-profit
in your area pickup your tree. Call before Friday, January 6,
2017 to arrange for pickup. The suggested donation for this
service is $7 for trees less than 6 feet and $10 for larger
3. Special whole tree collection for Rohnert Park
multifamily complexes: Managers of multifamily complexes in
Rohnert Park can arrange to have their tenant's trees picked up
by special arrangement. Contact Latisha Richardson at Rohnert
Park Disposal at (707) 586-2283 or email
4. Free drop-off locations throughout the county. Residents
may take up to two trees to any of the following
locations listed on this page at no charge.
If you miss your free pickup:
California Christmas Tree Recycling - has a
service for which you must pay - Click
there to reserve your pick-up online with this easy form.
They say they will contact you within 24 hours with a confirmation and price quote.
Call today to book your 4 hour time slot.
Los Angeles (310) 584-6589
San Fernando Valley (818) 986-1300
San Diego County (858) 433-0359
Prices start at $25 and go up
with the size of the tree.
- Note about Monterey Pine disposal: take precautions when disposing of your Christmas trees this year to help control the spread of pine pitch canker, an incurable disease that has killed thousands of Monterey pine trees. Pine pitch canker, a fungal disease recently introduced to California, causes dieback and mortality in native and ornamental pine trees. It may also infect Monterey pine Christmas trees. While every attempt is made to sell only disease-free Christmas trees, some trees could harbor the disease without showing symptoms. Since there is no known cure for pitch canker, limiting its spread is the key to prevention. The disease is present in 16 coastal and adjacent inland California counties from Mendocino to San Diego. Bark beetles, which carry the fungus, primarily infest Monterey and Bishop pines but also feed and breed on inland forest trees such as Ponderosa pine. As yet, the disease has not been found in the Sierras. It does not infect humans, pets or other plants.