City offers free Christmas tree recycling

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SAN DIEGO — The 42nd annual Christmas tree recycling program run by the City Environmental Services Department began Saturday and runs through Jan. 23.

San Diego residents can recycle their Christmas trees seven days a week at no charge at the Miramar Landfill Greenery at 5180 Convoy St. off Highway 52.

Other drop-off locations:

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

Only clean trees are accepted at city recycling locations. All tree stands, lights, ornaments, tinsel and non-recyclable materials must be removed from trees before they can be recycled. Trees from commercial tree lots or fundraising projects are not accepted. Those trees can be dropped off during normal business hours at Miramar Greenery for a nominal fee.

Flocked trees (fake snow) are accepted at city tree recycling locations. Only trees, not the plastic bags they are transported in, are accepted. All trees will be recycled into high-quality mulch and compost.

Curbside yard waste recycling customers can also recycle trees through the curbside collection program by placing trees at the curb with their regular yard waste recycling bin. Customers with automated greenery containers must cut up their clean trees into roughly 3-foot pieces to fit easily inside their greenery container. Curbside recycling program customers should remove all non- recyclable materials before placing trees inside the automated bin or at the curb next to yard waste collection containers.

“Christmas tree recycling is a great way for San Diegans to do their part to help the environment by extending the life of the Miramar Landfill,” said Mario X. Sierra, director of the City’s Environmental Services Department. “Organic materials like yard clippings and Christmas trees make up 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 new purpose as compost, mulch or wood chips.”


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