Christmas tree recycling encouraged

Residents can drop off Christmas trees at a number of locations around the area to be recycled for free between now and Jan. 23.

In the cities of Del Mar and San Diego, there will also be curbside pickup of Christmas trees for those with curbside yard waste collection, although Del Mar officials note that trees must be cut down into lengths shorter than 4 feet.

Solana Beach has its traditional recycling locations at the Longs store on Sierra Avenue and at La Colonia Park.

There’s also recycling at Carmel Valley Recreation Center, 3777 Townsgate Drive.

According to San Diego’s Environmental Services Department, green waste, such as yard clippings and other materials, including Christmas trees, make up 20 percent of the material buried in the Miramar Landfill.

“By recycling their trees, residents help reduce the amount of material in the landfill and give holiday trees a second life as compost, mulch or wood chips,” Chris Gonaver, director of the San Diego Environmental Services Department.

Staff contributed to this report.

The recycling program, now in its 36th year, helped divert about 1,241 tons of holiday trees from the landfill last year, or the equivalent of about 146,000 individual trees, according to the city.

Residents must remove stands, lights, ornaments and other decorations before dropping off Christmas trees for recycling.

Trees also can be dropped off during daylight hours through Jan. 23 at the Miramar Landfill and Greenery, Convoy Street.

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  2. Christmas tree recycling in Carmel Valley
  3. Residential waste/recycling service delayed by one day for week following Labor Day
  4. First families move fast on Christmas tree purchases
  5. Hauling off Christmas

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