City offers free Christmas tree recycling

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SAN DIEGO – Starting Thursday, San Diegans can get rid of Christmas trees through the city’s 40th annual recycling program that runs through Jan. 23.

Christmas Tree RecylingNatural trees and those flocked with fake snow will be accepted at 16 drop-off points around the city, but all the ornaments, including tinsel, must be removed.

For curbside collection, residents should use their own bins, placing trees on the curb for collection on regular greenery recycling pickup days.

Trees more than 4 feet long should be cut in half.

Automated container customers using the large, green 96-gallon bin provided by the city should cut trees to fit into the container for pickup on collection day.

Here’s a rundown of drop-off spots:

  • Carmel Valley Recreation Center, 3777 Townsgate Drive, lower parking
  • lot;
  • Encanto, Cielo Drive at Woodman Street;
  • Golden Hill Recreation Center, 2600 Golf Course Drive;
  • Kate Sessions Memorial Park, Soledad Road and Loring Street;
  • Logan Heights Memorial Recreation Center, 2902 Marcy Ave.;
  • The Greenery at the Miramar Landfill, Convoy Street north of Highway 52;
  • Sea World Drive at Pacific Highway;
  • Chollas Lake, 6350 College Grove Drive in Gloria’s Mesa parking lot;
  • Robb Athletic Field Recreation Center, 2525 Bacon St.;
  • Montgomery Waller Community Park lower-west parking lot;
  • Rancho Bernardo Recreation Center, 18448 W. Bernardo Drive;
  • Canyonside Recreation Center, 12350 Black Mountain Road;
  •  San Diego State University Parking Lot D off Alvarado Road;
  • Scripps Ranch Recreation Center, 11454 Blue Cypress Drive;
  • De Portola Middle School, 11010 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.; and
  • Swanson Pool, 3585 Governor Drive.

The Miramar Greenery at 5180 Convoy St. in the city’s Miramar Landfill north of Highway 52 takes Christmas trees and other green waste year-round.

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