Now, we know that not all of you have a Christmas tree made out of books. So, if you have a fresh cut Christmas tree or garland, we have some resources for what to do with your greenery once the decorations come down!

Recycling your fresh cut trees and garland decreases the risk of fires in your home and allows these materials to be composted. Composting preserves space in local landfills, reduces greenhouse gas generation, creates beneficial compost and mulch, and removes a potential fire hazard from your property. Before recycling your tree, please make sure they are free of ornaments, lights, tinsel, decorations, bags, stands, and important family heirlooms!

The City of San Diego is hosting its 46th Annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program from December 26th to January 23rd. For residents that receive curb side yard waste collection, you can dispose of your tree at your curb. If you have a large, green 96 gallon container that is provided by the city, you can cut up your tree and deposit into the container on collection day. However, if you provide your own container for yard waste collection, and your tree is under 4 feet, you can simply place the tree curbside. If your tree is over 4 feet, then you must cut it in half before placing it by the curb for collection.

Additionally, there will be seventeen drop off locations around town for residential tree and garland drop off. The city has also created informational flyers in both English and Spanish, so you can share this information with family, friends, and neighbors.

If you are a San Diego County resident, the county and the non-profit environmental organizations I Love a Clean San Diego and WasteFreeSD have created an easy to use website to locate your nearest tree recycling center. The website will give a list of organizations and business that recycle trees and greenery, if they have pick up service, and if a recycling fee applies.