While none of us want the holiday season to end, there comes a time where we must take down our lights, pack away our decorations and of course retire our Christmas tree.
Even after their time passes, old Christmas trees still can still be a valuable part of a sustainable lifestyle.
Mulching all the way
Did you know you can turn your trees into mulch? Think about how happy your garden plants and trees could be!
California Christmas Tree Recycling is here to help! For just $25, they come to your home, drain the stand, vacuum the floor and mulch your tree! What’s even better is that a portion of all proceeds benefits TreePeople! You can reach them at (818) 986-1300, (310) 584-6589 or visit their website.
LA Sanitation can help you start your new year right by mulching trees or wreaths left out in the alleyways and curbsides around the county, so long as all decorations have been removed. This not only reduces waste, but it also is a belated holiday gift– mulch for your yard! For more information and pickup locations, visit their website.
Collected Christmas trees will be recycled into compost and mulch that is available to residents for free.
The following mulching facilities will accept trees until the end of January. Trees can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Holiday wrapping and packaging materials will not be accepted. Please remove all ornaments, decorations, tinsel and the stand from the tree prior to dropping it off. Artificial trees and flocked trees cannot be accepted – please place them in your black bin.
LOPEZ CANYON ENVIRONMENTAL AND EDUCATION CENTER
11950 Lopez Canyon Road
Lake View Terrace, CA 91342
HARBOR MULCH FACILITY
1400 N. Gaffey Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
One-day drop off at Recreation and Park locations
Christmas trees can be dropped off on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at six Recreation and Park locations from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Holiday wrapping and packaging materials will not be accepted. Please remove all ornaments, decorations, tinsel and the stand from the tree prior to dropping it off. Artificial trees and flocked trees cannot be accepted – please place them in your black bin.
Los Angeles Zoo Parking Lot
At Griffith Park,
Junction of Golden State (5) and Ventura (134) Freeways
Rancho Cienega Recreation Center
5001 Rodeo Road
Balboa Sports Center
17015 Burbank Boulevard
Cheviot Hills Recreation Center
2551 Motor Avenue
8651 Foothill Boulevard
Westchester Municipal Building
7166 West Manchester Avenue
Dispose of Your Christmas Tree in Your Green Bin
If you’d like to do your own tree disposal, small trees can be cut to fit into your green waste bin, but don’t forget to remove the ornaments:
1/ Remove stand.
2/ If possible, cut tree into pieces. If you can’t cut tree, just leave it curbside.
3/ Place pieces in green bin for collection.
Visit the holiday collection page for trash collection schedule here.
Earth 911 says Christmas trees that end up in landfills produce methane when they decompose or are incinerated. So take advantage of Los Angeles treecycling services.
Not an Angeleno? Americans around the country can visit Earth 911’s Recycling Search for Christmas tree recycling centers near you.
With so many options available, there’s no reason to let a tree go to the landfill. Start your new year on a green note, and recycle your tree!
Read more here.