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 January 2020

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

 

Christmas Tree Recycling Programs Los Angeles County California

  • For Los Angeles CITY residences see this page
     
  • Los Angeles County areas - Many communities in the LA area offer curbside tree recycling.  Click the links below for details and information regarding Holiday tree recycling:
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  • City
    Curbside Collection Drop-off Site Website Phone # Special Instructions
    AGOURA HILLS December 26th through the 3rd week of January None City Website (818) 597-7314 Flocked trees are accepted. For more information contact your city.
    ALHAMBRA December 26th to
    January 12, 2020
    None City Website (888) 742-5234 Tree must be stripped bare and placed next to trash on regular collection day.
    ARCADIA December 30, 2019 to
    January 9, 2020
    None City Website (800) 266-7551 Flocked trees are not accepted.
    ARTESIA Runs for two weeks starting December 26th None
    City Website (800) 826-8677 Flocked trees are not accepted. Trees over 6 ft. must be cut in half.
    AZUSA 1/2/20, 1/4/20, 1/5/20, 1/7/20 - January 11, 2020 None City Website (626) 812-5225 For more information contact your city.
    BALDWIN PARK December 26th to
    January 10, 2020
    None City Website (626) 960-3993 X513 For more information contact your city.
    BELL Runs for four weeks starting December 26th None City Website (800) 299-4898 For more information contact your city.
    BELLFLOWER December 26th to
    January 15, 2020
    None City Website (562) 920-4636 X810 Trees over 6 feet must be cut in half. Flocked trees are accepted.For more information contact your city.
    BEVERLY HILLS December 26th to
    January 12, 2020
    None City Website (310) 285-2467 Flocked trees are accepted.For more information contact your city.
    BRADBURY December 26th to
    January 9, 2020
    None City Website (800) 325-3417 Flocked trees are accepted.For more information contact your city.
    BURBANK January 6, 2020 to
    January 24, 200
    December 26th to 1/24/20
    McCambridge Park
    :
    Parking lot on Andover Dr.

    Ralph Foy Park
    :
    Parking lot on Victory Blvd.

    Verdugo Park
    :
    Verdugo Ave. and California St.
    City Website (818) 238-3800 For more information contact your city.
    CALABASAS December 26th to
    January 11, 2020
    None City Website (800) 675-1171 Trees more than 6 feet must be cut in half.Flocked trees are accepted.For more information contact your city.
    CARSON December 26th to
    January 13, 2020
    None City Website (310) 605-6000 For more information contact your city.
    CERRITOS December 26th to
    January 10, 2020
    None City Website (562) 916-1220 For more information contact your city.
    COMMERCE December 26th to
    January 17, 2020
    None
    City Website (562) 259-1239 Ext. 7 Do not bag tree.Trees over 6ft must be cut in half.
    COMPTON None None City Website (310) 605-5524 Call before service day for bulk item pick-up. For more information contact your city.
    COVINA December 26th through 2nd week of January None City Website (626) 384-5480 Place tree next to your trash on regular collection day.
    CUDAHY December 26th to
    January 10, 2020
    None City Website (323) 347-4000 For more information contact your city.
    CULVER CITY None, just drop-off, see next column December 26th to 1/31/20
    Tree drop off bin:

    Fox Hills Park

    Syd Kronenthal Park

    Culver West Park

    Veterans Park
    City Website (310) 253-6400 For more information contact your city.
    DIAMOND BAR For 2 weeks beginning December 26th None City Website (909) 839-7040 For more information contact your city.
    DOWNEY For 2 weeks beginning December 26th None City Website (562) 259-1239 Ext. 7 Flocked trees are accepted. For more information contact your city.
    DUARTE December 26th to
    January 10, 2020
    None City Website (800) 325-9417 For more information contact your city.
    EL MONTE December 26th to
    January 17, 2020
    None City Website (626) 336-5439 For more information contact your city.
    EL SEGUNDO December 26th to
    January 10, 2020
    Maintenance Facility 150
    Illinois St.
    City Website (310) 524-2977 Flocked trees are accepted. For more information contact your city.
    GARDENA December 26th to
    January18, 2020
    Fukai Park: 15800 S. Brighton Ave.
    Johnson Park: 1200 W. 170th St.
    Rowley Park: 13220 S. Van Ness Ave.
    City Website
    (310) 366-7600 For more information contact your city.
    GLENDALE January 2020 None City Website (818) 548-3916 For more information contact your city.
    GLENDORA December 26th to
    January 10, 2020
    None City Website (888) 336-6100 For more information contact your city.
    HAWTHORNE For 3 weeks beginning 12/26 None City Website (800) 299-4898 For more information contact your city.
    HERMOSA BEACH December 26th to
    January 13, 2020
    Opposite of Clark Building
    861 Valley Dr., Hermosa Beach
    City Website (310) 318-0214 For more information contact your city.
    INDUSTRY December 26th to
    January 10, 2020
    None City Website (626) 855-5500 For more information contact your city.
    INGLEWOOD December 26th to
    January 3, 2020
    None City Website (800) 299-4898 For more information contact your city.
    IRWINDALE December 27, 2019 to
    January 3, 2020
    None City Website (626) 430-2211 Flocked trees are accepted. For more information contact your city.
    LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE December 26th to
    January 17, 2020
    None City Website (818) 790-8880 Trees over 6ft must be cut in half. Flocked trees are accepted.
    LA CRESENTA December 26th to
    January 11, 2020
    None City Website (800) 325-9417 For more information contact your city.
    LAKEWOOD December 26th to 1/8/20 None City Website (562) 866-9771 X2140 For more information contact your city.
    LA MIRADA December 26th to
    January 17, 2020
    None City Website (562) 902-2385 For more information contact your city.
    LANCASTER January 8, 2020 to
    January 14, 2020
    1/2/20 - 1/21/20
    Lancaster Landfill:
    600 E. Avenue F
    City Website (661) 947-7197 For more information contact your city.
    LA PUENTE December 26th to
    January 11, 2020
    December 26th to January 11, 2020
    Residents of La Puente Only.
    La Puente Park
    : 501 N. Glendora Ave.
    City 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 December 30, 2019, January 6, 2020 and
    January 13, 2020
    None City Website (909) 596-8741 Trees will be collected on 12/30/19, 1/6/20, and January 13, 2020. For more information contact your city.
    LAWNDALE December 26th to
    January 10, 2020
    None City Website (800) 299-4898 For more information contact your city.
    LOMITA December 26th to
    January 10, 2020
    None City Website (562) 259-1239 Ext. 7 For more information contact your city.
    LONG BEACH January 11, 2020 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.

    City Website (562) 570-2876 Flocked trees are accepted. For more information contact your city. 7
    LOS ANGELES December 26th to
    January 11, 2020
    Drop off sites only, 9a.m. to 4p.m. Sunday, 1/7/20
    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:
    January 3, 2020 to the 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.

    City 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 December 26th to 1/16/20 None City 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 December 26th to
    January 12, 2020
    Chili Cook-Off Lot:
    23575 Civic Center Way Malibu, CA 90265.

    .
    City Website (310) 456-2489 For more information contact your city.
    MANHATTAN BEACH December 26th to
    January 11, 2020
    None City Website (310) 830-7100 Flocked trees are accepted.Trees over 6ft. must be cut in half.
    MAYWOOD December 26th to
    January18, 2020
    None City Website (888) 336-6100 For more information contact your city.
    MONROVIA December 26th to
    January 11, 2020
    None City Website (626) 932-5553 For more information contact your city.
    MONTEBELLO December 26th to
    January 12, 2020
    City Hall:
    1600 W. Beverly Blvd. Montebello, Southend of the east parking lot.
    City Website (323) 887-1200 x640 For more information contact your city.
    MONTEREY PARK December 26th to
    January 12, 2020
    None City Website (888) 336-6100 For more information contact your city.
    NORWALK December 26th to
    January 12, 2020
    None City Website (562) 929-5964 For more information contact your city.
    PALMDALE December 30, 2019 to
    January 9, 2020
    December 26th to
    January 9, 2020 Antelope Valley Landfill:
    1200 W. City Ranch Rd., Palmdale

    City Website (661) 947-7197 For more information contact your city.
    PALOS VERDES ESTATES December 26th to
    January 12, 2020
    None City Website (888) 336-6100 For more information contact your city.
    PARAMOUNT December 26th to 1/6/20 None City Website (562) 220-2027 For more information contact your city.
    PASADENA January 2, 2020 to
     January 10, 2020
    December 26th to 1/12/20 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.)
    City Website (626) 744-7311 For more information contact your city.
    PICO RIVERA December 30, 2019 to
    January 10, 2020
    None City Website (562) 801-4388 For more information contact your city.
    POMONA January 2, 2020 to
    January 16, 2020
    None City Website (909) 620-2241 For more information contact your city.
    RANCHO PALOS VERDES December 26th to
    January 9, 2020
    None City Website (310) 540-2977 Trees over 6ft must be cut in half.
    REDONDO BEACH December 30, 2019 to
    January 17, 2020
    None City Website (888) 336-6100 For more information contact your city.
    ROLLING HILLS December 26th to
    January 9, 2020
    None City Website (800) 299-4898 Trees over 6ft must be cut in half.
    ROLLING HILLS ESTATES December 30, 2019 to
    January 10, 2020
    None City Website (800) 744-0222 Flocked trees are accepted. For more information contact your city.
    ROSEMEAD December 26th to
    January 10, 2020
    None City Website (800) 299-4898 For more information contact your city.
    SAN DIMAS December 26th to
    January 7, 2020
    None City 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 11, 2020
    Corner of First St. and N. Maclay Ave., Parking Lot 6N City Website (818) 898-1293 For more information contact your city
    SAN GABRIEL December 26th to
    January 11, 2020
    None City Website (626) 308-2825 For more information contact your city
    SAN MARINO December 26th to
    January 11, 2020
    None City Website (888) 336-6100 For more information contact your city
    SANTA CLARITA December 26th to
    January 11, 2020
    None
    City Website (661) 947-7197 Monday-Friday 8am-5pm at Waste Management Office 25772 Springbrook Ave, Santa Clarita, CA. Trees over 6ft must be cut in half. Flocked trees are accepted.
    SANTA FE SPRINGS December 26th to
    January 17, 2020
    None City Website (562) 868-0511 For more information contact your city.
    SANTA MONICA 12/28/19 to
    January 23, 2020
    None
    City Website (310) 458-2223 For more information contact your city.
    SIERRA MADRE December 31, 2019 to
    January 11, 2020
    None City Website (888) 336-6100 For more information contact your city.
    SIGNAL HILL 1/2/20 and January 9, 2020 None City Website (562) 598-7351 For more information contact your city.
    SOUTH EL MONTE 1/2/20 to
    January 12, 2020
    None City Website (626) 579-6540 For more information contact your city.
    SOUTH GATE December 26th to 1/16/20 None City Website (323) 563-5785 For more information contact your city.
    SOUTH PASADENA December 31, 2020 to
    January 11, 2020
    Dumpster located at Arroyo Drive and Mission Street

    City Website (626) 403-7240 For more information contact your city.
    TEMPLE CITY December 26th to
    January18, 2020
    None City Website (888) 336-6100 For more information contact your city.
    TORRANCE December 26th to
    January 9, 2020
    None City Website (310) 781-6900 For more information contact your city.
    VERNON None December 26th to
    January 13, 2020
    St. John's Ambulance Lot 20th St. and 47th Ave.
    City Website (323) 583-8811 x231 For more information contact your city.
    WALNUT December 26th to
    January 10, 2020
    None City Website (800) 442-6454 Tress over 6ft must be cut in half.
    WEST COVINA December 26th to
    January 11, 2020
    None City Website (626) 939-8458 For more information contact your city.
    WEST HOLLYWOOD December 26th to
    January 10, 2020
    None City Website (323) 848-6404 For more information contact your city.
    WESTLAKE VILLAGE December 26th to
    January 10, 2020
    None City 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 December 26th to
    January 12, 2020
    None City Website (562) 567-9530 For more information contact your city.
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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 13, 2020
Remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel, and stands. Make sure that the tree/foliage is cut into sections no longer than six feet. Athens Services 1-888-336-6100
ATHENS/WOODCREST/OLIVITA GDD December 26th to
January 10, 2020
Remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel, garlands, and stands. Consolidated Disposal Services 1-800-299-4898
AVOCADO HEIGHTS December 26th to
January 15, 2020
Remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel, and stands. Make sure that the tree/foliage is cut into sections no longer than six feet. Athens Services 1-888-336-6100
BASSETT/VALINDA/SOUTH SAN JOSE HILLS December 26th to
January 9, 2020
Trees must be stripped of all ornaments, garlands, tinsel, flocking, and stands. Valley Vista Services 1-800-442-6454
BELVEDERE GDD December 26th to
January 10, 2020
Remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel, garlands, and stands. Consolidated Disposal Services 1-800-299-4898
CHATSWORTH/WEST HILLS December 26th to
January 10, 2020
Trees longer than six feet must be cut in half. Remove ornaments, tinsel, lights, and stands. Waste Management 1-800-266-7551
CITRUS/CHARTER OAK/RAMONA December 26th to
January 10, 2020
Remove all plastic, ornaments, garlands, tinsel, flocking, lights and stands. Universal Waste Systems 1-800-631-7016
EAST CHARTER OAK/FOOTHILL December 26th to
January 11, 2020
Trees longer than six feet must be cut in half. Remove ornaments, tinsel, and stands. Ware
Disposal
1-877-714-9273
EAST PASADENA/EAST SAN GABRIEL/EAST ARCADIA
December 26th to
January 11, 2020
Trees longer than six feet must be cut in half. Remove ornaments, tinsel, garlands, and stands. Burrtec Waste Industries 1-800-325-9417
EL CAMINO VILLAGE/DEL AIRE/WISEBURN/ALONDRA PARK
December 26th to
January 10, 2020
Trees longer than six feet must be cut in half. Remove ornaments, tinsel, lights. and stands. Waste Management 1-800-266-7551
FLORENCE/FIRESTONE/WILLOWBROOK December 26th to
January 10, 2020
Remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel, garlands, and stands. Consolidated Disposal Services 1-800-299-4898
HACIENDA HEIGHTS December 26th to
January 9, 2020
Remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel, garlands, and stands. Valley Vista Services 1-800-442-6454
KINNELOA MESA December 26th to
January 13, 2020
Remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel, and stands. Make sure that the tree/foliage is cut into sections no longer than six feet. Athens Services 1-877-764-5551
LA CRESCENTA/MONTROSE December to
January 11, 2020
Trees longer than six feet must be cut in half. Remove ornaments, tinsel, and stands. Burrtec Waste Industries 1-800-325-9417
LENNOX GDD December 26th to
January 10, 2020
Trees longer than six feet must be cut in half. Remove ornaments, tinsel, and stands. Ware Disposal 1-877-714-9273
MALIBU GDD December 26th to
January 10, 2020
Remove all plastic, ornaments, garlands, tinsel, flocking, lights, and stands. Universal Waste Systems 1-800-631-7016
MESA HEIGHTS GDD December 26th to
January 10, 2020
Remove all plastic, ornaments, garlands, tinsel, flocking, lights, and stands. Universal Waste Systems 1-800-631-7016
PIONEER/CARSON PARK December 26th to
January 10, 2020
Remove all plastic, ornaments, garlands, tinsel, flocking, lights, and stands. Universal Waste Systems 1-800-631-7016
RANCHO DOMINGUEZ/W. RANCHO DOMINGUEZ/ROSEWOOD December 26th to
January 10, 2020
Trees longer than six feet must be cut in half. Remove ornaments, tinsel, lights, and stands. Waste Management 1-800-266-7551
ROWLAND HEIGHTS December 26th to
January 15, 2020
Remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel, and stands. Make sure that the tree/foliage is cut into sections no longer than six feet. Athens Services 1-888-336-6100
SANTA CLARITA December 26th to
January 11, 2020
Trees longer than six feet must be cut in half. Remove ornaments, tinsel, and stands. Burrtec Waste Industries 1-800-325-9417
SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS December 26th to
January 11, 2020
Trees longer than six feet must be cut in half. Remove ornaments, tinsel, lights, and stands. Waste Management 1-800-675-1171
SOUTH SAN GABRIEL December 26th to
January 10, 2020
Remove all plastic, ornaments, garlands, tinsel, flocking, lights, and stands. Universal Waste Systems 1-800-631-7016
SOUTH WHITTIER December 26th to
January 10, 2020
Trees longer than six feet must be cut in half. Remove ornaments, tinsel, and stands. Ware Disposal 1-877-714-9273
WALNUT PARK GDD December 26th to
January 10, 2020
Remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel, garlands, and stands. Consolidated Disposal Services 1-800-299-4898
WESTFIELD/LA RAMBLA/WEST CARSON December 26th to
January 17, 2020
Flocked trees accepted. Trees under four feet tall can be put into the green waste container. Remove the stand and all decorations, including lights and tinsel. Cal Met Services 1-800-990-6387
WEST WHITTIER December 26th to
January 10, 2020
Remove all plastic, ornaments, garlands, tinsel, flocking, lights, and stands. 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, 2020 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 January 12, 2020 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.