Christmas tree recycling program begins in Carmel Valley

The city of San Diego’s 40th annual Christmas tree recycling program begins Dec. 26, the Environmental Services Department announced recently.

The trees are turned into compost and mulch, which can be picked up by city residents at the Miramar Landfill’s greenery throughout the year.

Residents with curbside service can simply leave their trees outside with their other refuse. Those without curbside pickup can take their trees to 16 drop-off locations throughout the city.

The trees need to be clean — meaning no lights, ornaments, tinsel or stands. Flocked trees are accepted.

Local dropoff locations will be at: Carmel Valley Recreation Center, 3777 Townsgate Drive, lower parking lot.

Trees from commercial tree lots or fundraising projects are not accepted at the drop-off locations. Instead, such trees can be dropped off until Jan. 23 at the greenery for a nominal fee.