Don’t Fir-get to Recycle your Christmas Tree

The holiday festivities are now only a memory. The presents have all been opened. Friends and family are on their way home. You’re getting ready for the new year!

It’s time to begin thinking about taking down the decorations and what you should do with the Christmas tree. Fortunately, LA Sanitation allows you to recycle your tree for FREE at your curbside!

Here are a few tips for tree recycling to keep in mind:

  • Remove all decorations, tinsel, garland, and the stand.
  • Cut the tree in half (or better yet, into pieces) and place it in your green yard trimmings container.
  • If you are unable to cut it in half, simply place the tree at the curb next to the green container on your collection day. Collected Christmas trees will be recycled into compost and mulch.
  • If you live in an apartment, place your Christmas tree at the curb on the day of collection by LA Sanitation and don’t forget to remove all ornaments, decorations, tinsel, and the stand from the tree.
  • Flocked trees cannot be recycled. Cut the flocked tree into pieces and place it in your black container or place it at the curb.

Los Angeles Recreation & Park and Fire Station locations will accept Christmas trees for one day only on Sunday, January 7, 2018, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. A list of the locations where Christmas trees will be accepted can be found here.

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Comments (2)

  1. Avatar for LA Stormwater
    Mary Caulder
    January 5th, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    We put out our used Christmas (not flocked) out on the curb. In fact, several of our neighbors did the same thing, none of the trees were picked up. I tried calling LA Sanitation several times, kept on hold, and was never connected with a representative.

    Hope you can assist.

    Thank you.

    • Avatar for LA Stormwater
      LA Stormwater
      January 10th, 2018 at 3:00 pm

      Hi Mary,
      I apologize for the delay in responding to you. I’ve been out of the office ill. Has your tree been picked up yet? It should have been picked up on your regular trash pick up day. If it hasn’t been picked up, please let me know your address and I’ll forward your request on to the appropriate LA Sanitation staff.
      My best,
      Joyce Amaro
      LA Stormwater

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