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How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas TreesWhere and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Sonoma County California after Christmas in January 2021

How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees

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 chimney fire.

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 Grinding Christmas trees into mulchnot specifically mentioned below, contact your trash collection agency and inquire!

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Sonoma County California: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays January 2021

Sonoma County, California Christmas Tree Recycling Programs

  • Sonoma County

    The annual Sonoma County Christmas Tree Collection Program runs the first two weeks in January. Christmas trees are recycled into mulch and compost. H. Residents have four options for recycling their Christmas tree this year:
    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 in early to mid January.
    Unincorporated Please visit www.unicycler.com after December 15th 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 2, 2021 to arrange for pickup. The suggested donation for this service is $7 for trees less than 6 feet and $10 for larger trees.
    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 latisha@unicycler.com.
    4. Free drop-off locations throughout the county. Residents may take up to two trees to any of the following drop-off locations listed on this page at no charge
    Also visit the related section on this Sonoma County website. Christmas Tree Recycling Programs by City

    Additionally, residents in Cloverdale, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Windsor, and unincorporated Sonoma County have the option of whole-tree collection. Place your UNBAGGED and UNFLOCKED tree beside your yard waste container on your normal collection day on the dates below:
    Cotati - January 4, 2021 - January 8, 2021
    Healdsburg - December 28, 2020 - January 8, 2021
    Petaluma - January 4, 2021 - January 8, 2021
    Rohnert Park - January 4, 2021 - January 15, 2021
    Santa Rosa - December 28, 2020 - January 8, 2021
    Windsor - December 26, 2020 - December 31, 2021
    * Whole tree collection up to 6 feet tall may be placed on the curb.
    Unincorporated Please visit www.recology.com/recology-sonoma-marin for updated information.
    Drop-offs: Residents may take up to two trees to any of the following drop-off locations at no charge. Fees apply for businesses.

    Holiday Tree Drop Off Locations

    • Cotati
      Cotati Fire Station,, 1 East Cotati Avenue, Daily 8A-4P, December 26, 2020 to January 15, 2021
    • Healdsburg
      Healdsburg Corporation Yard, 550 Westside Road, Daily 8A-5P, December 26, 2020 to January 15, 2021
    • Petaluma
      Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds
      175 Fairgrounds Drive
      Daily 8A-5P, December 26, 2020 to January 8, 2021
      Along the fence between the office of the Sonoma-Airport Express and the main gate.
    • Rohnert Park
      Rohnert Park Community Center
      5401 Snyder Lane
      Daily 8A-4P, December 26, 2020 to January 15, 2021
    • Santa Rosa
      Sonoma County Fairgrounds
      1350 Bennett Valley Road (Jockey Club entrance)
      Daily 8A-5P, December 26, 2020 to January 8, 2021
    • Sebastopol
      Sebastopol Corporation Yard
      425 Morris Street
      Daily 8A-4P, December 26, 2020 to January 8, 2021
    • Windsor
      Windsor Corporation Yard
      8400 Windsor Road
      Daily 8A-5P, December 26, 2020 to February 1, 2021
    • Unincorporated area
      County Refuse Disposal Sites, except Central Disposal Site. Up to 2 unflocked trees per vehicle accepted for free.
      Note Central Disposal Site does not accept yard debris or wood scrap.
      Regular hours. December 26, 2020 to January 15, 2021
    • Non-profit whole tree pickup
      Call (707) 565-3333 to make an appointment for pickup. Pickups will be available December 26-27, 2020, as well as January 2, 3, 9, and 10, 2021. Call before Saturday, January 9, 2021 to make an appointment. The suggested donation for this service is $7 for trees less than 6 feet and $10 for larger trees.
    • Not accepted: - Tinsel - Decorations - Lights - Stands - Flocked trees
      Questions? Call the Eco-Desk 565-DESK (3375

    Specific Cities:

    • Albany
    • Berkeley
    • Carlsbad
    • Castro Valley
    • Cerritos
    • Dublin
    • Emeryville
    • Fremont (Republic Services will service holiday trees curbside at no charge for single family residents that have weekly green cart service from January 2to Friday of the second full week in January. Multi-family residents should contact their property management for disposal options
    • Hayward
    • Indian Wells
    • Livermore
    • Millbrae
    • Monterey
    • Newark
    • Oakland Convenient and free pickup of holiday trees takes place on your regularly scheduled Compost service day, December 26 to mid-January Place curbside on service day.* Thank you for removing all stands and decorations. All residences in Oakland, including apartments and condos now receive this service. Please note that a separate collection vehicle may pick up the trees. After mid-January, cut trees to fit into your compost container for regular weekly collection.
    • Piedmont
    • Pleasanton
    • San Leandro
    • San Lorenzo
    • Santa Monica - from December 28 through the end of the third week in January , R3 will collect trees curbside or in the alley depending where your containers are placed for weekly collection. No appointment is necessary. If your service falls on Christmas and New Year's Day, collection will be moved to Saturday. All other collection days will remain the same. Please remember to remove all decorations, tinsel and stands so trees can be composted.
    • Sausalito
    • Union City

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