You can spread Christmas tree into your garden literally if you take part in the Miramar Landfill Greenery Christmas Tree Recycling Program.
This year’s program will offer 16 drop-off locations, available to City residents only, as well as curbside pickup for those customers with curbside yard waste collection. Check with the city to see if curbside recycling is possible for you at this link.
Beginning December 26, 2008 and continuing through January 23, 2009, residents can drop off clean trees during daylight at any of these drop-off locations:
1. Carmel Valley: Carmel Valley Recreation Center, 3777 Townsgate Drive, lower parking lot.
2. Encanto: Cielo Drive at Woodman Street.
3. Golden Hill: Golden Hill Recreation Center, 2600 Golf Course Drive.
4. La Jolla : Kate Sessions Memorial Park, Soledad Road and Loring Street.
5. Logan Heights: Memorial Recreation Center, 2902 Marcy Avenue.
6. Miramar: Miramar Landfill & Greenery, Convoy St. north of Highway 52.
7. Mission Bay: SeaWorld Drive at Pacific Highway.
8. Oak Park: Chollas Lake, 6350 College Grove Drive, in Gloria’s Mesa parking lot.
9. Ocean Beach: Robb Athletic Field Recreation Center, 2525 Bacon Street.
10. Otay Mesa/Nestor: Montgomery Waller Community Park (upper and lower-west parking lots).
11. Rancho Bernardo: Rancho Bernardo Recreation Center, 18448 W. Bernardo Drive.
12. Rancho Peñasquitos: Canyonside Recreation Center, 12350 Black Mountain Road.
13. San Diego State University: Parking Lot D off Alvarado Road.
14. Scripps Ranch: Scripps Ranch Recreation Center, 11454 Blue Cypress Drive.
15. Tierrasanta: De Portola Middle School, 11010 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard.
16. University City: Swanson Pool, 3585 Governor Drive.
Trees from commercial tree lots or fundraising projects will not be accepted at the drop-off locations but can be dropped off at the Miramar Greenery with no charge.
Before depositing trees, the city requires all tree stands, lights, ornaments and other tree decorations are removed. Flocked trees are also accepted.
You can pick up mulch from Christmas trees for free if you load it yourself at the Miramar Greenery.
The Miramar Greenery is located inside the Miramar Landfill, at 5180 Convoy Street, just north of Highway 52. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays and most holidays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Landfill will be closed on New Year’s Day.
Additional information about the residential drop-off site locations is available by calling Environmental Services Department Customer Service at 858-694-7000. For information on mulch and compost produced at the Miramar Greenery, call the Miramar Landfill at 858-492-6100.