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City Kicks Off Annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program

Residents may drop off trees in the drop-off locations until Jan. 23

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Do you still have your Christmas tree? The city of San Diego will continue accepting trees for recycling through Jan. 23.

The 46th Christmas Tree Recycling program for residential customers kicked off on Dec. 26 and program features 17 drop-off locations across the city.

“Recycling these trees helps us reduce the amount of waste going into the Miramar Landfill and it helps the City meet its sustainability goals by converting the trees into high-quality mulch and compost that residents can pick up for free at the Miramar Landfill,” said Environmental Services Department Director, Mario X. Sierra.

Both green and flocked trees (fake snow) are accepted. The trees must be stripped of all decorations, tree stands and netting to be accepted.

ESD said residents who have a green trash bin for yard waste may also place their Christmas trees inside the bins, but trees over four feet tall should be cut in half.

For a full county list of the nearest tree recycling drop-off site near you, visit

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