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SAN DIEGO — The city of San Diego’s 42nd annual Christmas tree recycling program will be launched Monday in an effort to keep trees out of landfills and turn them into mulch for gardeners.

Last year, 360 tons of trees were collected, according to the city.

While many homes in San Diego enjoy curbside refuse collection, a lot of others don’t, and the program gives such residents a convenient place to drop off trees when the holidays are over.

“Seventy-six percent of all materials that are disposed of at the Miramar Landfill are recyclable,” said Councilman Chris Cate, who is scheduled to speak at a news conference today. “Our city is working diligently on a plan to divert all waste from landfills by 2040 through conservation, recycling and composting.”

Residents can bring their trees to the Miramar Greenery at the Miramar Landfill on Convoy Street north of state Route 52 seven days a week, or drop them off at any of 15 other collection locations around the city through Jan. 23.

The locations are:

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

The program is free and available only to San Diego residents.

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