How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas TreesWhere and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Los Angeles 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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Los Angeles County, California: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays January 2021

Christmas Tree Recycling Programs Los Angeles County California

City
Curbside Collection Drop-off Site (if any) Website Phone # Special Instructions
AGOURA HILLS December 26th to January 8, 2021 None Website (805) 495-7521 Flocked trees are accepted.
ALHAMBRA December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (888) 742-5234 Place tree next to trash on regular collection day.
ARCADIA 12/30/20 - January 13, 2021 None Website (800) 266-7551 Flocked trees are not accepted.
ARTESIA December 26th to January 15, 2021 None
Website (800) 826-8677 Flocked trees are not accepted. Trees over 6 ft. must be cut in half.
AVALON December 26th to January 16, 2021 December 26th to January 16, 2021,
Old Catalina Stable Station
Website
(310) 510-0240
Flocked trees are not accepted.
AZUSA December 26th to January 9, 2021 None Website (626) 812-5225
BALDWIN PARK December 26th to January 8, 2021 None Website (626) 960-3993 X513
BELL December 26th to January 9, 2021 None Website (800) 299-4898
BELL GARDENS December 26th to January 7, 2021 December 26th to January 7, 2021
Bell Gardens Veterans Park
:
6662 Loveland St.

Public Works Yard:
8327 S. Garfield Ave.
Website (562) 806-7770
Flocked trees are not accepted.
BELLFLOWER December 26th to January 9, 2021 None Website (562) 920-4636 X810 Flocked trees are accepted.
BEVERLY HILLS December 26th to January 22, 2021 None Website (310) 285-2467 Flocked trees are accepted.
BRADBURY December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (626) 359-3218
BURBANK December 26th to January 15, 2021 December 26th to January 15, 2021
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
CALABASAS December 26th to January 8, 2021 None Website (800) 675-1171
CARSON December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (310) 605-6000
CERRITOS December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (562) 916-1220
CLAREMONT December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (909) 399-5431
COMMERCE December 26th to January 15, 2021 None
Website (562) 259-1239 Ext. 7 Do not bag tree. Trees over 6ft must be cut in half.
COMPTON December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (310) 605-5524
COVINA December 26th to January 16, 2021 None Website (626) 384-5480 Place tree next to your trash on regular collection day.
CUDAHY December 26th to January 11, 2021 None Website (323) 773-5143
CULVER CITY December 26th to January 1, 2021 December 26th to January 1, 2021
Tree drop off bin:

Fox Hills Park

Syd Kronenthal Park

Culver West Park

Veterans Park
Website (310) 253-6400
DIAMOND BAR December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (909) 839-7015
DOWNEY December 26th to January 15, 2021 Tree drop off bin:
City of Downey Maintenance Yard
12324 Bellflower Blvd.
Website (562) 259-1239 Ext. 7 Flocked trees are accepted.
DUARTE December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (800) 325-9417
EL MONTE December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (626) 336-5439
EL SEGUNDO December 26th to January 15, 2021 Maintenance Facility 150
Illinois St.
Website (310) 524-2709 Flocked trees are accepted.
GARDENA December 26th to January 16, 2021 Fukai Park: 15800 S. Brighton Ave.

Johnson Park: 1200 W. 170th St.

Rowley Park: 13220 S. Van Ness Ave.
Website
(310) 366-7600
GLENDALE January 4, 2021 - 2/26/21 None Website (818) 548-3916
GLENDORA December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (888) 336-6100
HAWAIIAN GARDENS December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (562) 420-2641 x231
HAWTHORNE December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (888) 742-5234
HERMOSA BEACH December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (310) 318-0214
HIDDEN HILLS December 28, 2020 to January 18, 2021 12/23/18 - 1/11/19
Bin at City Hall
:
Upper parking lot, 6165 Spring Valley Rd.
Website (818) 888-9281
HUNTINGTON PARK December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (866) 699-7600
INDUSTRY December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (626) 855-5500
INGLEWOOD December 26th to January 31st None Website (800) 299-4898
IRWINDALE December 26th to January 31st None Website (626) 430-2211
LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE December 26th to January /1 2021 None Website (818) 790-8882 Trees over 6ft must be cut in half. Flocked trees are accepted.
LA CRESENTA December 26th to January 31st None Website (800) 325-9417
LA HABRA HEIGHTS December 28, 2020 to January 8, 2021 None Website (866) 238-2446
LAKEWOOD December 26th to January 31st None Website (562) 866-9771 X2140
LA MIRADA December 26th to January 31st None
Website (562) 902-2385
LANCASTER December 26th to January 31st None Website (661) 947-7197
LA PUENTE December 26th to January 8, 2021 None 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 12/26/21 - January 15, 2021 None Website (909) 596-8741
LAWNDALE 12/26/21 - January 15, 2021 None Website (800) 299-4898
LOMITA December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (562) 259-1239 Ext. 7
LONG BEACH December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (562) 570-2876
LOS ANGELES December 26th to January 15, 2021
None Website (800) 773-2489
LYNWOOD December 26th to January 9, 2021 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.
MANHATTAN BEACH December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (310) 830-7100 Flocked trees are accepted. Trees over 6ft. must be cut in half.
MAYWOOD December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (800) 299-4898
MONROVIA December 26th to January 16, 2021 None Website (626) 932-5553
MONTEBELLO December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (323) 887-1200 x640
MONTEREY PARK December 26th to January 8, 2021 None Website (888) 336-6100
NORWALK December 26th to January 16, 2021 None Website (562) 929-5964
PALMDALE December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (661) 947-7197
PALOS VERDES ESTATES December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (888) 336-6100
PARAMOUNT December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (562) 220-2027
PASADENA December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (626) 744-7311 Curbside pickup for Christmas trees will be available to Pasadena's solid waste customers on their regularly scheduled collection days and routes during the first two weeks each January. Christmas trees may be trimmed to fit in yard waste container (Black Lid) for recycling.
PICO RIVERA December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (562) 801-4388
POMONA December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (909) 620-2241
RANCHO PALOS VERDES December 26th to January 16, 2021 None Website (310) 540-2977 Trees over 5ft must be cut in half. For more information contact your city
REDONDO BEACH December 26th to January 22, 2021 None Website (888) 336-6100
ROLLING HILLS December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (800) 299-4898
ROLLING HILLS ESTATES December 26th to January 8, 2021 None Website (800) 744-0222
ROSEMEAD 12/30/20-January 11, 2021 None Website (800) 299-4898
SAN DIMAS December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (909) 394-6200 Trees over 6ft must be cut in half. Remove ornaments, tinsel and stand before placed at curbside.
SAN FERNANDO December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (818) 898-1293 For more information contact your city
SAN GABRIEL December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (626) 308-2825 For more information contact your city
SAN MARINO December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (888) 336-6100 For more information contact your city
SANTA CLARITA December 26th to January 15, 2021 None
Website (661) 947-7197 For more information contact your city
SANTA FE SPRINGS December 26th to January 8, 2021 None Website (562) 868-0511
SANTA MONICA December 26th to January 8, 2021 None
Website (310) 458-2223
SIERRA MADRE December 26th to January 8, 2021 None Website (888) 336-6100
SIGNAL HILL December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (562) 598-7351
SOUTH EL MONTE December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (626) 579-6540
SOUTH GATE December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (323) 563-5785
SOUTH PASADENA December 26th to January 10, 2021 None Website (626) 403-7240
TEMPLE CITY December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (888) 336-6100
TORRANCE December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (310) 781-6900
VERNON December 26th to January 15, 2021 None Website (323) 583-8811 x231
WALNUT December 26th to January 8, 2021 None Website (800) 442-6454
WEST COVINA December 26th to January 8, 2021 None Website (626) 939-8458
WEST HOLLYWOOD December 26th to January 8, 2021 None Website (323) 848-6404
WESTLAKE VILLAGE December 26th to January 8, 2021 None Website (818) 706-1613
WHITTIER December 26th to January 16, 2021 None Website (562) 567-9530


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  • 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 December 26th to January 16, 2021 Place holiday tree at curbside on regular collection day; or the night before. Cut trees over 6ft. in half. No stands, ornaments or flocked trees. Athens Services 1-888-336-6100
    ATHENS/WOODCREST/OLIVITA GDD December 26th to January 16, 2021 Place tree by the curb by 6 a.m. on service day. Remove all lights/decorations. Cut trees over 6 ft. in half. Consolidated Disposal 1-800-299-4898
    AVOCADO HEIGHTS December 26th to January 16, 2021 Place tree by the curb by 6 a.m. on service day. Remove all lights/decorations. Cut trees over 6 ft. in half. Athens Services 1-888-336-6100
    BASSETT/VALINDA/SOUTH SAN JOSE HILLS December 28th to January 15, 2021 Place holiday tree at curbside on regular collection day; or the night before. Cut trees over 6ft. in half. No stands, ornaments or flocked trees. Valley Vista Services 800-442-6454
    BELVEDERE GDD December 26th to January 16, 2021 Place tree by the curb by 6 a.m. on service day. Consolidated Disposal 1-800-299-4898
    CHATSWORTH/WEST HILLS December 26th to 1/8/21 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/CHARTER OAK/RAMONA December 26th to January 15, 2021 Place holiday tree at curbside on regular collection day; or the night before. Cut trees over 6ft. in half. No stands, ornaments or flocked trees. Universal Waste Systems 1-800-631-7016
    EAST CHARTER OAK/FOOTHILL December 26th to 1/8/21 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
    December 26th to January 11, 2021 Place holiday tree at curbside on regular collection day; or the night before. Cut trees over 6ft. in half. No stands, ornaments or flocked trees. Burrtec Waste Industries 1-800-325-9417
    EL CAMINO VILLAGE/DEL AIRE/WISEBURN/ALONDRA PARK
    December 26th to January 16, 2021 Place tree by the curb by 6 a.m. on service day. No flocked trees, stands or ornaments. Consolidated Disposal Services 1-800-299-4898
    FLORENCE/FIRESTONE/WILLOWBROOK December 26th to January 14, 2021 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 December 28th to January 15, 2021 No flocked trees, stands or ornaments. Cut trees over 6 ft. in half. Valley Vista Services 1-800-442-6454
    KINNELOA MESA December 26th to January 16, 2021 Place holiday tree at curbside on regular collection day; or the night before. Cut trees over 6ft. in half. No stands, ornaments or flocked trees. Athens Services 1-888-336-6100
    LA CRESCENTA/MONTROSE December 26th to January 11, 2021 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 GDD December 26th to 1/8/21 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 GDD December 26th to January 15, 2021 Place tree by the curb by 6 a.m. on service day. Trees over 6ft must be cut in half. Universal Waste Systems 1-800-631-7016
    MESA HEIGHTS GDD December 26th to January 15, 2021 Place tree by the curb by 6 a.m. on service day. Trees over 6ft must be cut in half. Flocked trees are not accepted. Universal Waste Systems 1-800-631-7016
    PIONEER/CARSON PARK December 26th to January 15, 2021 Place tree by the curb by 6 a.m. on service day. Trees over 6ft must be cut in half. Flocked trees are not accepted. Universal Waste Systems 1-800-631-7016
    RANCHO DOMINGUEZ/W. RANCHO DOMINGUEZ/ROSEWOOD December 26th to January 14, 2021 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 December 26th to January 15, 2021 Place tree by the curb by 6 a.m. on service day. Trees over 6ft must be cut in half. Athens Services 1-888-336-6100
    SANTA CLARITA December 26th to January 11, 2021 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
    SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS December 26th to January 15, 2021 Cut trees over 6ft. in half. Place tree by the curb by 6 a.m. on service day. Universal Waste Systems 1-800-631-7016
    SOUTH SAN GABRIEL December 26th to 1/8/21 Trees over 6ft must be cut in half. No stands, ornaments or flocked trees accepted. Ware Disposal 1-877-714-9273
    SOUTH WHITTIER December 26th to 1/8/21 Trees over 6ft must be cut in half. No stands, ornaments or flocked trees accepted. Waste Management 1-800-774-0222
    WALNUT PARK GDD December 26th to January 16, 2021 Place tree by the curb by 6 a.m. on service day. Trees over 6ft must be cut in half. Consolidated Disposal Service 800-299-4898
    WESTFIELD/LA RAMBLA/WEST CARSON December 26th to January 15, 2021 Place tree by the curb by 6 a.m. on service day. Trees over 6ft must be cut in half. Cal Met Services 1-800-990-6387
    WEST WHITTIER December 26th to January 15, 2021 Place tree by the curb by 6 a.m. on service day. Trees over 6ft must be cut in half. 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 am to 2 pm., 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 January 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 through mid-January 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 am on your regularly scheduled collection day between December 27 and January 12, 2020. 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.

    If you do not find your area above (which is unlikely, this is a fairly comprehensive list), click here to contact your city or county's recycling coordinator directly.