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.
“Recycling Christmas trees is an important way for San Diegans to help the environment and extend the life of the Miramar Landfill,” said Chris Gonaver, director of the Environmental Services Department. “Historically, yard clippings and other organic materials, such as Christmas trees, comprise more than 20 percent of the material buried in the landfill. By recycling trees, residents help reduce the amount of material in the landfill and give holiday trees a second life as compost, mulch or wood chips.”
Before December 26, 2013 San Diegans can recycle Christmas trees seven days-a-week for free at the Miramar Greenery located at the Miramar Landfill.
Only “clean trees” are accepted at city recycling locations. Before depositing trees, residents must remove all tree stands, lights, ornaments, tinsel, and non-recyclable materials.
Beginning December 26 and continuing through January 23, 2014, residents can drop off clean trees at no cost during daylight hours at any of the 16 drop-off locations listed below.
Trees from commercial tree lots or fundraising projects are not accepted at the drop-off locations. Instead, these trees can be dropped off until January 23, 2014 at the Miramar Greenery for a nominal fee.
Residents participating in the Christmas Tree Recycling Program should drop off clean trees during daylight hours at the convenient drop-off locations. Please do not illegally dump any other items at the drop-off locations
In addition to clean trees, flocked trees (fake snow) are also accepted. All trees will be recycled into high quality mulch and compost. City residents can self-load mulch and up to two cubic yards of compost for free at the Miramar Greenery throughout the year.
Curbside yard waste recycling customers can also recycle trees through the curbside collection program by placing trees at the curb with the regular yard waste recycling. Customers with automated greenery containers must cut up their clean trees to about 3-feet to ensure so they will fit easily inside their greenery container.
Curbside yard waste recycling customers who are unable to cut their trees for manual collection or