‘Tis the season for recycling your Christmas tree

The gifts are open. The ornaments are put away. Whether it’s Dec. 26 or after Jan. 1, it’s time to take down the Christmas tree. And recycling experts have a post-holiday message for City residents – trees are not trash!

“Recycling your Christmas tree is consistent with the City’s new zero waste plan and extends the life of the Miramar Landfill,” said Darren Greenhalgh, Environmental Services Assistant Director.

The City offers free Christmas tree recycling during daylight hours at 16 drop-off locations through Jan. 23, 2017. Trees can also be picked up curbside for residents with curbside yard waste collection. In 2015, approximately 385 tons of Christmas trees were collected during the month-long effort.

At the landfill, the trees are turned into high quality compost, mulch and wood chips. Residents can pick up two cubic yards of this material for free throughout the year.

Commercial loads are not allowed at drop-off locations. Please remove all ornaments, lights and tree stands. For more information, call the Recycling Hotline: (858) 694-7000.

Drop-off locations:

  • Carmel Valley – Carmel Valley Recreation Center, 3777 Townsgate Drive, lower parking lot
  • Encanto – Cielo Drive at Woodman Street
  • Golden Hill – Golden Hill Recreation Center, 2600 Golf Course Drive
  • 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
  • Mission 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 Street
  • Otay Mesa/Nestor – Montgomery Waller Community Park (lower-west parking lot)
  • Rancho Bernardo – Rancho Bernardo Recreation Center, 18448 W. Bernardo Drive
  • Rancho Penasquitos – Canyonside Recreation Center, 12350 Black Mountain Road
  • San Diego State University – Parking Lot 17C off Alvarado Road
  • Scripps Ranch – Scripps Ranch Recreation Center, 11454 Blue Cypress Drive
  • Tierrasanta – De Portola Middle School, 11010 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard
  • University City – Swanson Pool, 3585 Governor Drive