Where and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Los Angeles County, California in January 2018
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
If it has just snowed; see
this page about how to make snocones from real snow!
Your kids will love it!
Click here for the list of winter sleigh ride locations!
See our easy recipes to
Chocolate Yule log
click here to make your own low-fat,
low calorie but delicious Egg Nog
! Then come back to our
other website in March to
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
Christmas Tree Recycling Programs Los Angeles California - City and
- 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
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
. 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
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
- Many communities in the LA area offer curbside tree recycling.
Click the links below for details and information regarding Holiday
(Garbage Disposal Districts and
Other Unincorporated Areas
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
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
Los Angeles County. For information
on how you can reduce your waste this holiday season, visit our
Holiday Hints for Waste Reduction
LOS ANGELES ZOO
At Griffith Park, Junction Of Golden State (5) & Ventura (134) Frwys
Branford Park, 13300 Branford Street
Rancho Cienega Recreation Center, 5001 Rodeo Road
Hollenbeck Recreation Center, 415 South St. Louis Street
Chatsworth Park South, 22360 Devonshire Street
Balboa Sports Center, 17015 Burbank Boulevard
Harbor Regional Park, 25820 Vermont Avenue
Highland Park Senior Citizen Center, 6152 N. Figueroa Street
Hollywood Bowl, 2301 North Highland Boulevard
Cheviot Hills Recreation Center, 2551 Motor Avenue
Sunland Park, 8651 Foothill Boulevard
Sylmar Park, 13109 Borden Avenue
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
- 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.
information, call the Citizen Service Center at (626) 744-7311
or online at www.cityofpasaadena.net/publicworks.
no bulky pickup now through late January.
- 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
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
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.