Where and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in California after Christmas
2023 and in January 2024
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!
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California: Where and How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays January 2024
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 by County and City in California
- Alameda County - provides curbside
pick-up of Christmas trees and yard-trimmings. Call the county's
recycling hotline at 877-STOPWASTE or find your city's specific
Contra Costa County - (complete city - by city listing)
RSS customers see this page
(look about halfway down the page)
- Most cities in Contra Costa pick-up Christmas trees
- City of Corona -
For two weeks after Christmas, your
discarded Christmas trees can be recycled curbside by placing them
inside your green waste barrel or simply alongside the curb on trash
day. The collection of trees for recycling is free. Please prepare
your trees by removing all decorations including tinsel, lights,
ornaments and tree stands. Flocked trees will be collected but
cannot be recycled. Please do not place your tree in a bag or a net
sleeve. Also note, trees over six feet tall must be cut in half. For
more information, please call Waste Management of the Inland Empire
at (800) 423-9986.
will collect and recycle Christmas trees for the first
two weeks following Christmas on your regular collection day. Trees
longer than FIVE (5) feet must be cut in half. Please remove all tinsel,
metal ornaments and metal stands from trees. Flocked trees will be
collected but cannot be recycled.
- First, remove all of the ornaments, lights, garland, and tinsel, as well as the stand. Then you can
recycle your bare, real Christmas tree through one of
Curbside pick up -
Residential customers can set out bare Christmas trees at the
curb during their regular yard waste pickup week. The tree must
be cut down to 3-foot lengths and bundled with twine or string.
Each bundle must be 18 inches or less in diameter. Place the
bundles next to your yard waste cart.
tree: Bare Christmas trees will be accepted
at the Transfer Station, located at 4100 Throwita Way,
Placerville, from January 2, to January 15 during regular
hours. The Transfer Station is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm.
There is no charge for tree drop-off during this twoweek period.
You can also recycle holiday wreaths and greenery. Please remove
wire, hooks, bows, and other decorations. The greenery can be
placed into your yard waste cart or delivered to the Transfer
Station in Placerville or, if you are a resident of Cameron Park
or El Dorado Hills, to the El Dorado Hills Recycling Center.
Collected trees and greenery are turned into mulch, compost, and
- Check with
your Community Services District (CSD). Some of the CSD areas
will provide tree chipping events after the holidays.
Residents of Cameron Park Community
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off Christmas trees between December
26th and February 14th at Cameron Park Lake, 2989 Cambridge Rd, in the lower paved parking lot (look for signs). The
park is open every day from 7:00 am to dusk. Trees may be
dropped off free of charge. These trees will be chipped and
recycled. Please be sure to remove all lights and decorations.
If you need assistance, or just do not have the time, please use
the Boy Scouts troops 550 and 700. They will be leaving
information on your door.
Glendale, CA - The Integrated Waste Management Division has an easy, convenient and
free program to recycle Christmas trees from December 26 through
March (excluding January 1st). Call the Integrated Waste
Management Division at (818) 548-3916 or view/download the Daily
Collection Areas to determine your refuse collection day. To
Recycle Your Tree:
Remove all ornaments, decorations, buckets, bags, stands, bars, nails and most tinsel. Flocked and
trees coated with fire retardant are acceptable. Cut trees
greater than eight feet tall in half. Place the tree at the curb
or in the alley for pick-up on your refuse collection day.
Single Family Homes: Place trees next to refuse on service day.
Multi-Family Residents and Businesses: Place trees together in
the parkway by 7 am of the collection day (beginning at 7 pm the night before); Do NOT place Christmas trees in refuse
Christmas tree collection is free, convenient and easy, and begins in early January.
Give the Earth a gift by recycling your
Christmas tree after the holiday season. The Integrated Waste
Management Division has an easy, convenient and free program to
recycle Christmas trees from January 2 through the 3rd week in January . Call the Integrated Waste Management Division at (818)
548-3916 or view/download the Daily Collection Areas to
determine your refuse collection day.
To see the map of the collection area schedule days, click here
- Los Angeles City - Summary below (for more detailed information click here)
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:
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
- Los Angeles County area -
See this page dedicated to Christmas tree recycling in Los Angeles (County)
There's too much to fit here, see the separate page.
- Marin County - picks up Christmas trees through the month of January on the day it normally
collects yard waste. Trees over 6 feet tall, call 415-485-5646, or bring the tree to the Marin Resource and Recovery Center.
Trees will be
collected at the curb on your regular yard waste pickup day during the month of
January. One pickup per residence. If trees are greater than 6 feet in length,
please cut them in half. Remove all metal stands, plastic tree bags, and
ornaments. Flocked trees will not be accepted.
Many local fire stations also collect Christmas trees. Larkspur, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Las Gallinas Valley, Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Fairfax, and Ross Valley (Sleepy Hollow and Oak Manor)
and also see this
Boy Scouts-sponsored curbside Christmas tree pickup!
Recycle your old
Christmas lights at our Napa office in December and January.
Click here for year-round options
. The annual Napa Valley District Boy Scouts Christmas Tree
Pickup and Recycling Day comes to Napa on Saturday, January 6, 2024. Please have your tree on the curb by 9:00am on Saturday
morning. Please DO NOT set out your tree earlier in the week, since tree collection will not take place until Saturday.
Trees must be free of ornaments, nails, tinsel, stands, and
metal spikes. All are contaminants or safety hazards. A
voluntary donation of (Prices may have changed!) $10 per tree is suggested and appreciated.
Please do not leave money on the tree!
Boy Scouts will come
to your door. Please leave a check made out to "Boy Scouts of
America" in an envelope at your door. Please note: Customers in
Napa County who miss the January Boy Scout tree pickup may place
their tree out for collection on their normal service day
beginning the following Monday. Please follow the above tree
preparation guidelines and cut trees over 8′ in half. Flocked
trees are accepted. Wreaths, pumpkins, and other holiday
greenery go in the compost cart. At our Napa Recycling and
Composting Facility, we turn all your holiday greenery into
compost, mulch or fuel for renewable energy.
- Riverside County - Most areas have a curbide pickup
Christmas trees are accepted at Riverside County landfills.Locations & hours
Fee schedule, Riverside County landfills will accept up to three Christmas trees from Riverside County residents, December 26, through the following 2
weeks. Green waste rates
will apply to commercial, out-of-county, or loads of more than three trees.
And most trash haulers will collect Christmas trees
curbside for two weeks after Christmas if you put the stripped
tree, cut into 4 ft lengths, next to the green waste container
on your regular pick-up day.
Waste Management says "We will collect and recycle Christmas
trees for the first two weeks following Christmas on your
regular collection day. Trees taller than six feet must be cut
in half. Please remove all tinsel, metal ornaments and metal
stands from trees. Flocked trees will be collected but cannot be
For those who don't have a curbside pickup program, there are several drop-off locations that will accept up to
three residential prepared trees for free for two weeks after
B.P. John Recycling, 28700 Mathews Road, Romoland
Burrtec Compost Facility, 87-011 Landfill Road, Coachella
Burrtec Recycle Center, 41-800 Corporate Way, Palm Desert
Burrtec/Robert A. Nelson Transfer Station, 1830 Agua Mansa Road, Riverside
California Biomass, 83-109 Avenue 62, Thermal
California Department of Fish & Game, 17041 S. Lovekin Blvd., Blythe
A. Lua Wood Recycling, 18938 Mermack Ave., Lake
Riverside County Badlands Landfill, 31125 Ironwood
Ave., Moreno Valley
Riverside County Lamb Canyon Landfill, 16411 Lamb Canyon Road, Beaumont
SA Recycling, 29250 Rio Del
Sol, Thousand Palms
If you would like more
information on this program, please call Riverside County Waste
Management Department (951) 486-3200 or visit the website at
- Sacramento Boy Scout Troop 215 Fair Oaks, CA - Please remove tinsel,
lights and decorations
P.O. Box 1972, Fair Oaks, CA 95628. Phone: (916) 755-3863. Email:
[email protected]. Open: after Christmas 2023, on December 30 and 31st and
January 5, 6, 7, 13, 14, and 20, pick up trees starting
We collect trees throughout the Fair Oaks, Orangevale, Gold River, Carmichael, and Citrus Heights areas. This is the ONLY
fundraiser the Scouts of Troop 215 do all year. Please CALL OR EMAIL your preferred pick-up date. We
accept donations in many forms including checks, credit cards, cash, and PayPal. Thank you for your support of Scouting! (UPDATED: November 16, 2023) (ADDED: November 24, 2020)
- Sacramento, City of
City of Sacramento residential
yard waste customers can place trees in the street for pickup as
part of the City's Leaf Season service. Leaf Season collection
occurs November through the last Monday in January. The last day that trees, or any
yard waste, can be placed out on the street for collection is at
the end of January . Residents can find their estimated
collection dates on our calendar. Residents can find dates on the
City of Sacramento estimated tree collection dates calendar.
Holiday Tree Recycling
Guidelines: Trees should be clean of all lights, tinsel, tree stands, nails, and decorations. Flocked trees will be accepted. The city will
collect up to 5 trees. Loads in excess of 5 trees will only be accepted at :Elder Creek, Kiefer Landfill and the North Area Recovery Station. If you
miss the citywide tree collection, you can put your tree in your yard waste container. Please cut the tree into pieces that will fit completely into
the container with the lid closed.
Free Drop-off Events for Residents who do not receive City service:
On-street tree collection is for
residential customers who receive yard waste service from the City.
Businesses, residents who live in apartments, on private streets or in gated
communities should use one of the free drop-off events listed below or find another legal disposal method for their tree. Improper disposal of
holiday trees on city streets is considered illegal dumping. Please note the specific dates and times for free tree drop-off.
- Sacramento County
Recycle your Christmas tree for free. Call to confirm this years dates (they
rarely publish them online) 916-874-8899. Limit 5 trees per
vehicle*. Please remove ornaments, tinsel, lights, tree stand, and
nails. Flocked trees will be accepted.
December and January
Sacramento Recycling and
8491 Fruitridge Road, 8 am to 5 pm on Saturday in early January
Also accepting trees December 26 to around January 8th, Monday
through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(from Jackson Highway, south on Florin Perkins Road, right on Fruitridge Road)
SMUD - Corporation
6100 Folsom Blvd., from 8 am to 3:30 pm on Saturday, around January 6th to 9th
North Area Recovery Station
Roseville Road from 8 am to 6 pm on Saturday, around January 8th - 10th and that Sunday
(I-80 to Watt, left on Roseville Road)
12701 Kiefer Blvd. from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on on Saturday, around January 6th to 9th and that Sunday
Highway, north on Grant Line, right on Kiefer)
Elder Creek Recovery and Transfer
8642 Elder Creek Road from 8 am to 3 pm onSaturday,
around January 6th to 9th
(from Jackson Highway, south on Florin Perkins Road, left on Elder Creek)
San Diego County
- Annual Christmas Tree
Recycling Program from December 26th through the third week in January. This year's program will provide 16 drop-off locations
available to residents only.
To recycle a Christmas tree after
January 23rd, see the
Miramar Greenery which
accepts trees throughout the year.
Curbside collection (For
residents with yard waste collection only): Manual container
customers using their own bins should place trees on the curb
for collection on your regular greenery recycling pickup day.
Trees over four feet in length should be cut in half. Automated
container customers using the large, green 96-gallon bin
provided by the city should cut their trees to fit into the
automated container for pickup on collection day. Both green and
flocked trees (fake snow) are accepted. For Greenery, curbside, and drop-off sites, all tree stands, lights, ornaments, tinsel, and other tree decorations must be removed. No artificial trees.
Please do not illegally dump any other items at the drop-off
locations. Both green and flocked trees (fake snow) are
accepted. For Greenery, curbside, and drop-off sites, all tree
stands, lights, ornaments, tinsel, and other tree decorations
must be removed. No artificial trees. Please do not illegally
dump any other items at the drop-off locations.
tree recycling fliers:
PDF in English
PDF in Spanish
Carmel Valley - Carmel Valley Recreation Center, 3777 Townsgate
Drive, lower parking lot
Encanto - Cielo Drive at Woodman
Golden Hill - Golden Hill Recreation Center, 2600 Golf
La Jolla - Kate Sessions Memorial Park, Soledad
Road and Loring Street
Logan Heights - Memorial Recreation
Center, 2902 Marcy Avenue
Miramar - The Greenery at the
Miramar Landfill, Convoy Street north of Highway 52
Bay - Sea World Drive at Pacific Highway
Oak Park - Chollas
Lake, 6350 College Grove Drive, in Gloria's Mesa parking lot
Ocean Beach - Robb Athletic Field Recreation Center, 2525 Bacon
Otay Mesa/Nestor - Montgomery Waller Community Park
(lower-west parking lot)
Rancho Bernardo - Rancho Bernardo
Recreation Center, 18448 W. Bernardo Drive
- Canyonside Recreation Center, 12350 Black Mountain Road
Diego State University - Parking Lot D off Alvarado Road
Scripps Ranch - Scripps Ranch Recreation Center, 11454 Blue
Tierrasanta - De Portola Middle School, 11010
Clairemont Mesa Boulevard
University City - Swanson Pool, 3585 Governor Drive
- San Francisco -
See this page for much
more information about recycling your Christmas tree in the San
In general: San Francisco residents and businesses
may recycle their Christmas trees in several ways:
1) Curbside Pick Up during the first 2 full weeks in January0.(On the resident's
regular recycling day) If you missed your collection date, please
contact Recology by calling (415) 330-1300.
2) Drop Off at Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council during the first 2 full weeks in January.. at 780 Frederick St. or
3) Drop Off at Golden Gate Disposal and Recycling during the first 2 full weeks in January.. at 900 7th St./Berry
Instructions: No flocked trees (sprayed with fake snow),
Remove any metal or plastic base (wood bases are okay)
Remove all lights, tinsel and other decorations
No trees in plastic bags
Also see the
Sunset Scavenger Curbside Program
, San Francisco, CA 94134. Phone: (415) 330-1300. Open: Please call for their curbside collection schedule.
San Francisco Residents can also be taken to the Haight-Ashbury
Neighborhood Council until January 17, or Recology Golden Gate and
Recology San Francisco until mid-January
- curbside collection of trees through the end of January. Each city has different pick-up days and times, click
on the link at left to check their listing to find yours. There
are also six recycling centers that will accept trees.
Phone: (650) 372-6200
Hours: 8:00am - 5:00pm (Monday - Friday)
of San Mateo Environmental Health
Waste of San Carlos, and Ox Mountain Landfill will accept
"flocked" trees, those with artificial snow on them.
Flocked trees cannot be composted at other facilities.
bag your tree. If you do, it will not be recycled. Place trees
at the curbside on your regular yard waste or compost service
day. Remove stands, lights, tinsel, ornaments and other
decorations. Cut them into shorter lengths if they are larger
than the lengths specified below in the how to prepare column.
Multi-family residents must call Customer Service to arrange a
location on site for tree pick up.
City of San Mateo:
Christmas Tree Pick-up: Trees can be picked up on your
regularly scheduled service day from December 26-January 31. All
decorations and stands must be removed before they can be
collected (flocked trees are okay). Please place trees next to
your compost cart. Trees over eight feet must be cut down to
shorter lengths. After January, trees must be cut down to fit in
the compost bin with the lid closed for collection.
Santa Barbara County
- Please remove all
ornaments, tinsel and stands before recycling. Trees with stands
and flocked trees cannot be recycled and will not be accepted.
Please cut trees over 6 feet in half.
Customers of MarBorg Industries may place trees next to their
trash containers or in or next to their green waste containers
on their designated collection days. For questions, please call
In the City of Carpinteria, customers of E.J.
Harrison & Sons may place trees in their green waste containers
on January 11th or on their regular green waste collection day
thereafter. For questions, please call (805) 647-1414.
and managers of apartments, condominiums, and mobile home parks
should contact their waste hauler for Christmas tree recycling
Customers of Waste Management should
put their Christmas tree out by 6:00 am on collection days
from January 2nd through 6th or on collection days thereafter.
The tree should be placed at least three feet from their trash
container or cut to fit inside their green waste container For
questions, please call (805) 242-7937.
In the City of
Buellton, customers of MarBorg Industries may place trees next
to their trash containers or in or next to their green waste
containers on their designated collection days. For questions,
please call (805) 963-1852.
Owners and managers of
apartments, condominiums, and mobile home parks should contact
their waste hauler for Christmas tree recycling details.
locations on this page accept Christmas trees for free
during the holiday season. If you don't have trash service or
would like to get rid of your tree earlier than the collection
date for your area, take it to one of these locations::
Click here for locations, updated information and more details.
- Santa Clara County - Mountain View will pick-up
curbside trees from Christmas Day through late January from
single-family properties. Recology (PDF) will pick-up Christmas
trees in Cupertino throughout the month of January; trees cannot
be larger than 5 feet tall. Gilroy will pick-up Christmas trees
that are cut into three-foot pieces. Check your October bill for
specific dates. Los Gatos will collect Christmas trees under 6
feet on normal collection days. For more information call West
Valley Collection and Recycling at 408-283-9250.
cities have yard-trimming programs.
website) but there's
more information here.
In the City of Santa Cruz Holiday Trees are accepted three ways,
all FREE. Always remove all ornaments, tinsel and tree
stands. No flocked trees!
- Curbside - Pick up service runs from January 1
through mid-January. Place your tree next to your cart on
your regular service day. Allow a two-foot clearance from the
carts. Trees must be six feet in length or less, so cut
- GreenCycle! cart - Trim branches to fit into
the cart with the lid closed so the material slides out when
- Drop-off - Take your tree to the Yard Waste area at the Resource Recovery Facility at no charge through the month of January
only. The facility is at 605 Dimeo Lane, three miles north of Santa Cruz up Highway 1.
- Santa Rosa County - takes Christmas trees for
recycling until mid-January at the locations below. The trees
will be chipped into mulch, which will be available at a date to
be announced through Keep Santa Rosa Beautiful in Milton.
Clean Community System/Green-Up Nursery, 6758 Park Ave. in
Jay Transfer Station on Transfer Station Road in Jay.
Pace Volunteer Fire Department at 4773 Pace Patriot Blvd. in
Navarre Beach Boat Ramp Parking Lot Recycle Area on
Gulf Boulevard in Navarre Beach.
Tiger Point Recreation Area
in Gulf Breeze, east of Walmart.
Free recycling of
electronics is available at the Central Landfill's Household
Hazardous Waste Center at 6337 Da Lisa Road in Milton.
Solano County - Most cities in Solano County have curbside pick-up on specific
dates in early January. Find your town's dates. Programs take
place during the end of December and early January each year.
Watch for details in your local newspaper. Recycle your old
Christmas lights at Napa Recycling & Waste Services 820 Levitin
Way - American Canyon 707 255-5200, Daily 8 am to 4pm (Closed
- Sonoma County, California - Click at left for detailed information
- Tulare County - Exeter, CA Christmas Tree Drop-Off, an annual Christmas Tree
Recycling Program. You can drop off your tree at the Exeter City Corporation Yard located at 350 W. Firebaugh from December 26th through
mid-January. NO NAILS, WOODEN OR METAL BASES; NO LIGHTS OR ORNAMENTS. FLOCKED TREES OK.
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 (Prices may have changed!) $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.