How To Properly Dispose Of Your Christmas Tree

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Photo: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

Photo: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

Christmas has come to an end, the presents have been opened, New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, and it’s time to properly and safely dispose of your Christmas tree before it becomes a hazard in your home.

Overtime, fresh Christmas trees become dry and brittle, increasing the risk of fire.  And living in Southern California, we know how quickly dry trees burn.  The sooner you dispose of your tree the better to keep your home and family safe.

The City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Bureau of Sanitation encourages all residents to recycle their tree and have expanded their curbside collection of trees.  If your tree is too large to cut and place inside of your green waste bin, simply place the tree next to your green waste bin on collection day.

If you’re able to cut your tree to place in your green recycle bin, be sure to:

  • Remove all ornaments, decorations, tinsel, and the tree from the stand.
  • Cut the tree into pieces to fit in the green bin.
  • Place the pieces of the tree inside the green bin for regular pick-up on collection day.

All trees collected will be recycled into compost and mulch.

If you live in a multi-family residence, place your tree at the curbside on the day of collection, following the same rules above for removing of items from the tree.

Sunday, January 6th from 9am-4pm is the ONLY day the L.A. Recreation & Park and Fire Stations will accept Christmas trees for recycling.  All rules noted above apply for all trees dropped off on this one day only at the drop-off sites listed when you click here.

In Orange County, Christmas trees will be collected 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 decoration including tinsel, lights, ornaments and tree stands. Place the tree at the curb. Flocked trees will be collected but cannot be recycled.

For Riverside County, click here.

For other cities within Los Angeles County (including Burbank, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Pasadena, and others) and all within San Bernardino and Ventura counties click here.

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