How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas TreesWhere and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Los Angeles County, California in January 2018

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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See our easy recipes to make a Chocolate Yule log and click here to make your own low-fat, low calorie but delicious Egg Nog ! Then come back to our other website in March to find a local Easter Egg Hunt for your children !

Los Angeles County, 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 recycling coordinator directly.

Christmas Tree Recycling Programs Los Angeles California - City and County

  • Los 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:
    REMOVE all ornaments, decorations, tinsels, and stand from the tree
    CUT 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 mulch.
    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. . Please visit our Holiday Collections page for more information or call our 24-hour Customer Care Center at 1-800-773-2489. 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. Check the 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 County area - Many communities in the LA area offer curbside tree recycling.  Click the links below for details and information regarding Holiday tree recycling:
    Incorporated Cities
    Unincorporated Communities (Garbage Disposal Districts and Franchise Areas)
    Other Unincorporated Areas (Antelope Valley)
    Visit 888CleanLA.com or call (888) Clean-LA between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday for more information. Residents can recycle at home by removing ornaments, cutting the tree into several pieces and placing the timber into green recycling bins. Click here for locations, updated information and more details. You can also drop off your trees at one of 16 city-operated tree recycling sites.  If you have general questions about the environmental programs offered in Los Angeles County. For information on how you can reduce your waste this holiday season, visit our Helpful Holiday Hints for Waste Reduction page.
    LOS ANGELES ZOO At Griffith Park, Junction Of Golden State (5) & Ventura (134) Frwys
    ARLETA Branford Park, 13300 Branford Street
    BALDWIN HILLS Rancho Cienega Recreation Center, 5001 Rodeo Road
    BOYLE HEIGHTS Hollenbeck Recreation Center, 415 South St. Louis Street
    CHATSWORTH Chatsworth Park South, 22360 Devonshire Street
    ENCINO Balboa Sports Center, 17015 Burbank Boulevard
    HARBOR CITY Harbor Regional Park, 25820 Vermont Avenue
    HIGHLAND PARK Highland Park Senior Citizen Center, 6152 N. Figueroa Street

  • HOLLYWOOD Hollywood Bowl, 2301 North Highland Boulevard
    RANCHO PARK Cheviot Hills Recreation Center, 2551 Motor Avenue
    SUNLAND Sunland Park, 8651 Foothill Boulevard
    SYLMAR Sylmar Park, 13109 Borden Avenue
    WESTCHESTER Westchester Municipal Building, 7166 West Manchester Avenue 

Other areas near Los Angeles:

  • Pasadena, CA - The City collected more than 10,000 trees last year for recycling, saving valuable landfill space and generating protective landscaping mulch.  Drop off your tree from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., December 26th until January 4th at:
    - Easton Blanche Park, 3100 E. Del Mar Blvd., parking lot on Millicent Way
    - Robinson Park, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave., parking lot on Morton Street
    From Jan. 2 through the following Friday a week and a half later, (the first 2 weeks of January) residents can also place trees at curbside for recycling. Christmas trees will be collected on your normal service day.Remember, all ornaments, lights and stands must be removed. Flocked and fire retardant treated trees are acceptable. Do not place tree outside for curbside pickup until the morning of your regular service day.
    For more information, call the Citizen Service Center at (626) 744-7311 or online at www.cityofpasaadena.net/publicworks.
    Remember, no bulky pickup now through late January.
  • Torrance, CA - Christmas Tree Recycling - Christmas trees six (6) feet or smaller can be placed directly into your green waste container and will be collected during normal collection times. Curbside pick-up for Christmas trees will be available December 27, 2016, through January 12, 2017 during normal collection times. Trees must be unflocked (no fake snow), less than six feet long (without cutting), and undecorated (no strands, tinsel, or ornaments). To recycle unflocked Christmas trees curbside, remove all tinsel, ornaments and stands. Trees can be up to six (6) feet long without needing to be cut. Place the tree at the curb at least four feet from your collection containers by 7:00 a.m. on your regularly scheduled collection day between December 27, 2016, and January 12, 2017. A separate truck will collect the trees to use as mulch and landfill cover.  If Christmas trees are flocked or put out before or after the recycling collection dates, the trees must be cut and placed in the regular trash container for collection. Eco-Friendly Tips! For a more eco-friendly, sustainable Christmas tree option, try a living (potted) Christmas tree at "Living Christmas" a non-profit organization. Note that the city does not endorse specific businesses but provides options to the public. Click here to go to LA County's "Helpful Holiday Hints for Waste Reduction" for tips on holiday waste reduction. For multifamily homes, businesses, and those not serviced by the City of Torrance, please contact your private waste hauler for their recycling program information.

If you miss your free pickup:

California Christmas Tree Recycling - has a service for which you must pay - Click here 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. or 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.