How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas TreesWhere and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Los Angeles County, California in after Christmas in 2018 and January 2019

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!

Related information:

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 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 AM to 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:
    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.
  • City
    Curbside Collection Drop-off Site Website Phone # Special Instructions
    AGOURA HILLS 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (805) 495-7521 Flocked trees are accepted.For more information contact your city.
    ALHAMBRA 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (888) 742-5234 Place tree next to trash on regular collection day.
    ARCADIA 12/27/18 - 1/16/19 None Website (800) 266-7551 Flocked trees are not accepted.
    ARTESIA 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None
    Website (800) 826-8677 Flocked trees are not accepted. Trees over 6 ft. must be cut in half.
    AVALON 12/26/18 - 1/15/19 12/26/18 - 1/15/19,
    Old Catalina Stable Station
    Website
    (310) 510-0240
    Flocked trees are not accepted.
    AZUSA 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (626) 812-5225 For more information contact your city.
    BALDWIN PARK 12/26/18 - 1/11/19 None Website (626) 960-3993 X513 For more information contact your city.
    BELL 12/26/18 - 1/11/19 None Website (800) 299-4898 For more information contact your city.
    BELL GARDENS 12/26/18 - 1/11/19 1/14/19 - 1/25/19
    Bell Gardens Veterans Park
    :
    6662 Loveland St.

    Public Works Yard:
    8327 S. Garfield Ave.
    Website (562) 806-7770
    Flocked trees are not accepted.
    BELLFLOWER 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (562) 920-4636 X810 Flocked trees are accepted.For more information contact your city.
    BEVERLY HILLS 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (310) 285-2467 Flocked trees are accepted.For more information contact your city.
    BRADBURY 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (626) 359-3218 Flocked trees are accepted.For more information contact your city.
    BURBANK 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 12/26/18 - 1/20/19
    McCambridge Park
    :
    Parking lot on Andover Dr.

    Ralph Foy Park
    :
    Parking lot on Victory Blvd.

    Verdugo Park
    :
    Verdugo Ave. and California St.
    Website (818) 238-3800 For more information contact your city.
    CALABASAS 12/26/18 - 1/15/19 None Website (800) 675-1171 Flocked trees are accepted.For more information contact your city.
    CARSON 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (310) 605-6000 For more information contact your city.
    CERRITOS 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (562) 916-1220 For more information contact your city.
    CLAREMONT 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (909) 399-5431 For more information contact your city.
    COMMERCE 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None
    Website (562) 259-1239 Ext. 7 Do not bag tree.Trees over 6ft must be cut in half.
    COMPTON 12/26/18 - 1/5/19 None Website (310) 605-5524 For more information contact your city.
    COVINA 12/26/18 - 1/31/19 None Website (626) 384-5480 Place tree next to your trash on regular collection day.
    CUDAHY 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (323) 773-5143 For more information contact your city.
    CULVER CITY 12/26/18 - 1/31/19 12/26/18 - 1/31/19
    Tree drop off bin:

    Fox Hills Park

    Syd Kronenthal Park

    Culver West Park

    Veterans Park
    Website (310) 253-6400 For more information contact your city.
    DIAMOND BAR 12/26/18 - 1/11/19 None Website (909) 839-7015 For more information contact your city.
    DOWNEY 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 12/26/17-1/19/18
    Tree drop off bin:
    City of Downey Maintenance Yard
    12324 Bellflower Blvd.
    Website (562) 259-1239 Ext. 7 Flocked trees are accepted. For more information contact your city.
    DUARTE 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (800) 325-9417 For more information contact your city.
    EL MONTE 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (626) 336-5439 For more information contact your city.
    EL SEGUNDO 12/26/18 - 1/18/19 Maintenance Facility 150
    Illinois St.
    Website (310) 524-2709 Flocked trees are accepted. For more information contact your city.
    GARDENA 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 Fukai Park: 15800 S. Brighton Ave.

    Johnson Park: 1200 W. 170th St.

    Rowley Park: 13220 S. Van Ness Ave.
    Website
    (310) 366-7600 For more information contact your city.
    GLENDALE 12/26/18 - 1/16/19 None Website (818) 548-3916 For more information contact your city.
    GLENDORA 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (888) 336-6100 For more information contact your city.
    HAWAIIAN GARDENS 12/28/18 - 1/4/19 and 1/9/19 12/28/18 - 1/11/18
    M-F 7a.m. -2:30p.m.
    21815 Pioneer Blvd.
    Website (562) 420-2641 x231 For more information contact your city.
    HAWTHORNE 12/26/18 - 1/15/19 12/27/18 - 1/15/19
    Holly Glen Park:
    136th St. and Glasgow Pl.

    Holly Park (parking lot): 2058 120th St. and Van Ness Ave.

    Memorial Center (parking lot):
    3851 El Segundo Blvd. (corner of Doty and El Segundo)
    Website (888) 742-5234 For more information contact your city.
    HERMOSA BEACH 12/26/18 - 1/13/19 Opposite of Clark Building
    861 Valley Dr., Hermosa Beach
    Website (310) 318-0214 For more information contact your city.
    HIDDEN HILLS 12/26/18 - 1/16/19 12/23/18 - 1/11/19
    Bin at the Community Center
    :
    24549 Long Valley Rd.

    Bin at City Hall
    :
    Upper parking lot, 6165 Spring Valley Rd.
    Website (818) 888-9281 For more information contact your city.
    HUNTINGTON PARK 12/26/18 - 1/14/19 None Website (866) 699-7600 For more information contact your city.
    INDUSTRY 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (626) 855-5500 For more information contact your city.
    INGLEWOOD 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (800) 299-4898 For more information contact your city.
    IRWINDALE 12/28/18 - 1/4/19 None Website (626) 430-2211 For more information contact your city.
    LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE 12/26/18 - 1/11/19 None Website (818) 790-8882 Trees over 6ft must be cut in half. Flocked trees are accepted.
    LA CRESENTA 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (800) 325-9417 For more information contact your city.
    LA HABRA HEIGHTS 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (866) 238-2446 For more information contact your city.
    LAKEWOOD 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (562) 866-9771 X2140 For more information contact your city.
    LA MIRADA 12/26/18 - 1/12/19
    Website (562) 902-2385 For more information contact your city.
    LANCASTER 1/8/19 - 1/14/19 1/2/19 - 1/21/19
    Lancaster Landfill:

    600 E. Avenue F
    Website (661) 947-7197 For more information contact your city.
    LA PUENTE 12/26/18 - 1/11/19 12/26/18 - 1/11/19
    Residents of La Puente Only.
    La Puente Park
    :
    501 N. Glendora Ave.
    Website (800) 442-6454 No flocked trees accepted. Trees over 6 ft. tall must be cut in half and placed on the curbside.
    LA VERNE 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (909) 596-8741 For more information contact your city.
    LAWNDALE 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (800) 299-4898 For more information contact your city.
    LOMITA 12/26/18 - 1/11/19 None Website (562) 259-1239 Ext. 7 For more information contact your city.
    LONG BEACH 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 Mon-Fri 9a.m.-5p.m. Sat-Sun 9a.m.-2p.m.
    El Dorado Park:
    2760 N. Studabaker Rd., South Parking Lot

    CSULB Recycling Center:
    5800 Atherton Blvd., East of Bellflower Blvd.

    North Police Substation:
    4891 N. Atlantic Ave. and Del Amo Blvd.

    Fire Station #14:
    5200 Eliot St. and Colorado Ave.

    Cesar E. Chavez Park:
    Golden Shore St. and 4th St.

    Houghton Park:
    Myrtle Ave. and Harding St.

    Bixby Park:
    1st St. and Cherry Ave.

    Stearns Park:
    Corner of 23rd St. and Roycrolt Ave.

    Veterans Park:
    28th St. and Pine Ave.

    Wardlow Park:
    Monlaco Rd. and Rutgers Ave.

    Environmental Services Bureau:
    2929 E. Willow St.

    Website (562) 570-2876 Flocked trees are accepted. For more information contact your city. 7
    LOS ANGELES 12/26/18 - 1/12/2019
    Drop off sites only, 9a.m. to 4p.m. Sunday, 1/7/18
    Los Angeles Zoo Parking Lot:
    At Griffith Park

    Baldwin Hills:
    Rancho Cienega Recreation Center,
    5001 Rodeo Rd.

    Encino:
    Balboa Sports Center,
    17015 Burbank Blvd.

    Rancho Park:
    Cheviot Hills Recreation Center,
    2551 Motor Ave.

    Sunland:
    Sunland Park, 8651 Foothill Blvd.

    Westchester:
    7166 W. Manchester Ave.

    FIRE STATIONS:
    1/3/17 - Middle of January

    South LA:
    1192 E. 51st St.

    Porter Ranch:
    11641 Corbin Ave.

    Hancock Park:
    4029 Wishire Blvd.

    Cypress Park:
    1410 Cypress Ave.

    Watts:
    1801 E. Century Blvd.

    Sun Valley:
    9224 Sunland Blvd.

    Sherman Oaks:
    5101 N. Sepulveda Blvd.

    West Hills:
    23004 Roscoe Blvd.

    Website (800) 773-2489 Please call the City of Los Angeles Sanitation Customer Care Center (3-1-1 from your smartphone) for more information.

    May put flocked trees in black trash bins or leave on parkway for trash collection.
    LYNWOOD 12/26/18 - 1/16/19 None Website (888) 467-7600 Remove ornaments, tinsel and stand before place curbside.Trees over 6ft must be cut in half.Flocked trees are accepted.
    MALIBU 12/26/18 - 1/13/19 12/26/18 - 1/13/19
    Bluff's Park:
    24250 Pacific Coast Hwy.

    29136 Pacific Coast Hwy.
    Website (310) 456-2489 For more information contact your city.
    MANHATTAN BEACH 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (310) 830-7100 Flocked trees are accepted.Trees over 6ft. must be cut in half.
    MAYWOOD 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (800) 299-4898 For more information contact your city.
    MONROVIA 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (626) 932-5553 For more information contact your city.
    MONTEBELLO 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 12/26/18-1/12/19
    City Hall
    :
    1600 W. Beverly Blvd. Montebello, Southend of the east parking lot.
    Website (323) 887-1200 x640 For more information contact your city.
    MONTEREY PARK 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (888) 336-6100 For more information contact your city.
    NORWALK 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (562) 929-5964 For more information contact your city.
    PALMDALE 12/26/18 - 1/11/19 12/26/18 - 1/11/19 Antelope Valley Landfill:
    1200 W. City Ranch Rd., Palmdale

    Website (661) 947-7197 For more information contact your city.
    PALOS VERDES ESTATES 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (888) 336-6100 For more information contact your city.
    PARAMOUNT 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (562) 220-2027 For more information contact your city.
    PASADENA 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 7a.m. to 2p.m.
    Eaton Blanche Park: 3100 E. Del Mar Blvd. (Parking lot on Millicent Way)

    Robinson Park:
    1081 N. Fair Oaks (Parking lot on Morton St.)
    Website (626) 744-7311 For more information contact your city.
    PICO RIVERA 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (562) 801-4388 For more information contact your city.
    POMONA 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (909) 620-2241 For more information contact your city.
    RANCHO PALOS VERDES 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (310) 540-2977 Trees over 6ft must be cut in half.
    REDONDO BEACH 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (888) 336-6100 For more information contact your city.
    ROLLING HILLS 12/26/18 - 1/21/19 None Website (800) 299-4898 Trees over 6ft must be cut in half.
    ROLLING HILLS ESTATES 12/26/18 - 1/16/19 None Website (800) 744-0222 Flocked trees are accepted. For more information contact your city.
    ROSEMEAD 12/31/18-1/11/19 None Website (800) 299-4898 For more information contact your city.
    SAN DIMAS 1/2/18 - 1/8/18 None Website (909) 394-6200 Trees over 6ft must be cut in half.Remove ornaments, tinsel and stand before placed at curbside.
    SAN FERNANDO 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 12/26/17-1/14/18
    Corner of First St. and N. Maclay Ave., Parking Lot 6N
    Website (818) 898-1293 For more information contact your city
    SAN GABRIEL 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (626) 308-2825 For more information contact your city
    SAN MARINO 12/26/18 - 01/12/19 None Website (888) 336-6100 For more information contact your city
    SANTA CLARITA 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None
    Website (661) 947-7197 Monday-Friday 8am-5pm at Waste Management Office 25772 Springbrook Ave, Santa Clarita CA 91350. Trees over 6ft must be cut in half. Flocked trees are accepted.
    SANTA FE SPRINGS 12/26/18 - 1/16/19 None Website (562) 868-0511 For more information contact your city.
    SANTA MONICA 12/26/18 - 1/16/19 None
    Website (310) 458-2223 For more information contact your city.
    SIERRA MADRE 12/26/18 - 1/11/19 None Website (888) 336-6100 For more information contact your city.
    SIGNAL HILL 12/26/18 and 1/12/19 None Website (562) 598-7351 For more information contact your city.
    SOUTH EL MONTE 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (626) 579-6540 For more information contact your city.
    SOUTH GATE 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (323) 563-5785 For more information contact your city.
    SOUTH PASADENA 12/26/18 - 1/9/19 None

    Website (626) 403-7240 Dumpster located at Arroyo Drive and Mission Street. For more information contact your city
    TEMPLE CITY 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (888) 336-6100 For more information contact your city.
    TORRANCE 12/27/18 - 1/11/19 None Website (310) 781-6900 For more information contact your city.
    VERNON 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (323) 583-8811 x231 For more information contact your city.
    WALNUT 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (800) 442-6454 Tress over 6ft must be cut in half.
    WEST COVINA 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (626) 939-8458 For more information contact your city.
    WEST HOLLYWOOD 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 None Website (323) 848-6404 For more information contact your city.
    WESTLAKE VILLAGE 12/26/18 - 1/11/19 None Website (818) 706-1613 Remove ornaments, tinsel and stand before placed at curbside. Place tree in the green bin it will be collected on regular collection day.
    WHITTIER 12/26/18 - 1/19/19 None Website (562) 567-9530 For more information contact your city.

  • 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 

 

LA Garbage Disposal Districts (GDDs) and Residential Franchise Areas

For the cities in the table below: Please remove all ornaments, tinsel, lights, nails, plastic containers, and plastic or metal tree stands. No trees wrapped in plastic. The Holiday trees can then be placed at curbside next to the recycling and waste containers on scheduled trash collection day during the time period noted.

Location
Curbside Collection Instructions Waste Hauler Phone #
ALTADENA 12/26/18 - 1/16/19 Place tree by the curb by 6 a.m. on service day. Athens Services 1-888-336-6100
ATHENS/WOODCREST/OLIVITA 12/27/18 - 1/13/19 Remove any lights or decorations. No plastic trees. Cut trees over 6 ft. in half. Consolidated Disposal 1-800-299-4898
AVOCADO HEIGHTS 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 Place tree by the curb by 6 a.m. on service day. Ware
Disposal
1-877-714-9273.
BASSETT/VALINDA 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 Place tree by the curb by 6 a.m. on service day. Valley Vista Services 800-442-6454
BELVEDERE 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 Place tree by the curb by 6 a.m. on service day. Consolidated Disposal 1-800-299-4898
CHATSWORTH/WEST HILLS 12/26/18 - 1/11/19 Trees over 6ft must be cut in half. Place it in the green bin and it will be collected on regular collection day. Waste Management 1-800-675-1171
CITRUS 12/26/18 - 1/5/19 Trees over 6ft must be cut in half. Place it in the green bin and it will be collected on regular collection day. Universal Waste Systems 1-800-631-7016
EAST CHARTER OAK/FOOTHILL 12/26/18 - 1/11/19 Trees over 6ft must be cut in half. Place it in the green bin and it will be collected on regular collection day. Ware
Disposal
1-877-714-9273
EAST PASADENA/EAST SAN GABRIEL/EAST ARCADIA
12/26/18 - 1/12/19 Trees over 6ft must be cut in half. Place it in the green bin and it will be collected on regular collection day. Burrtec Waste Industries 1-800-325-9417
FLORENCE/FIRESTONE/WILLOWBROOK 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 Place tree by the curb by 6 a.m. on service day. Consolidated Disposal Services 1-800-299-4898
EL CAMINO VILLAGE/DEL AIRE/WISEBURN/ALONDRA PARK 12/26/18 - 1/13/19 Trees over 6ft must be cut in half. Place it in the green bin and it will be collected on regular collection day. Waste Management 1-800-744-0222
HACIENDA HEIGHTS 12/26/18 - 1/14/19 No flocked trees. No stands or ornaments. Cut trees over 6 ft. in half. Waste Management 1-800-774-0222
KINNELOA MESA 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 Cut trees over 6ft. in half. No flocked trees. No trees wrapped in plastic. Athens Services 1-888-336-6100
LA CRESCENTA 12/2/18 - 1/12/19 Trees over 6ft must be cut in half. Place it in the green bin and it will be collected on regular collection day. Burrtec Waste Industries 1-800-325-9417
LENNOX 12/26/18 - 1/11/19 Trees over 6ft must be cut in half.Place it in the green bin and it will be collected on regular collection day. Ware Disposal 1-877-714-9273
MALIBU 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 No flocked trees accepted. Place tree by the curb by 6 a.m. on service day. Universal Waste Systems 1-800-631-7016
MESA HEIGHTS 12/28/18 - 1/12/19 Place tree by the curb by 6 a.m. on service day. Universal Waste Systems 1-800-631-7016
PIONEER 12/29/18 - 1/10/19 Trees over 6ft must be cut in half. Place it in the green bin and it will be collected on regular collection day. Flocked trees are not accepted. Universal Waste Systems 1-800-631-7016
RANCHO DOMINGUEZ/W. RANCHO DOMINGUEZ/ROSEWOOD 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 Trees over 6ft must be cut in half. Place it in the green bin and it will be collected on regular collection day. Waste Management 1-800-774-0222
ROWLAND HEIGHTS 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 Place tree by the curb by 6 a.m. on service day. Athens Services 1-888-336-6100
SANTA CLARITA 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 Cut trees over 6 ft. in half.Place tree by the curb by 6 a.m. on service day. Burrtec Waste Industries 1-866-270-5370
SOUTH SAN GABRIEL 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 Cut trees over 6ft. in half. No flocked trees. Universal Waste Systems 1-800-631-7016
SANTA MONICA MOUNTAIN 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 Cut trees over 6 ft. in half. Universal Waste Systems 1-800-631-7016
WALNUT PARK 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 Place tree by the curb by 6 a.m. on service day. Consolidated Disposal Service 800-299-4898
SOUTH/EAST WHITTIER 12/26/18 - 1/12/19 Cut trees over 6 ft. in half. Burrtec Waste Industries 1-800-325-9417
WESTFIELD/LA RAMBLA/WEST CARSON 12/26/18 - 1/11/19 Place tree by the curb by 6 a.m. on service day. Cal Met Services 1-800-990-6387
WEST WHITTIER 12/28/18 - 1/6/19 Trees over 6ft must be cut in half. Place it in the green bin and it will be collected on regular collection day. Universal Waste Systems 1-800-631-7016


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.