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How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree in La Jolla

No need to wait for your curbside recycling day. You can drop off your Christmas tree for recycling.

For many San Diego residents, getting rid of their Douglas or noble firs is as simple as placing it outside for curbside garbage pickup.

The city offers these tips for recycling curbside:

  • Manual container customers using their own bins should place trees on the curb for collection on your regular greenery recycling pickup day. Trees over four feet in length should be cut in half.
  • Automated container customers using the large, green 96-gallon bin provided by the city should cut their trees to fit into the automated container for pickup on collection day.

Chris Gonaver, director of the Environmental Services Department, said recycling trees helps the environment and will extend the life of the landfill.

“Historically, yard clippings and other organic materials, such as Christmas trees, comprise more than 20 percent of the material buried in the landfill,” Gonaver said. “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.”

The service is available through Jan. 23 for city of San Diego residents. People who live in other cities or in unincorporated county areas need to contact their own trash haulers for details.

Gonaver said residents must remove all tree stands, lights, ornaments, tinsel, and non-recyclable materials from their trees. Flocked trees are accepted.

The city of San Diego will also have 16 locations where trees can be dropped off, including the Miramar Greenery at the Miramar Landfill at the north end of Convoy Street near state Route 52.

Locations near La Jolla include:

  • La Jolla, Kate Sessions Memorial Park, Soledad Road and Loring Street
  • Mission Bay, SeaWorld Drive at Pacific Highway
  • University City, Swanson Pool, 3585 Governor Dr.   

The Miramar Greenery is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays and most holidays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The landfill will be closed on New Year's Day.


–City New Service contributed to this report.


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