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Make Plans to Recycle Your Festive Foliage

December 2021

For nearly 50 years, the City of San Diego has been collecting and recycling the festive foliage that decorates our homes each holiday season. As you and yours deck the halls with boughs of holly, be sure to make a plan to recycle your wreaths, trees, and greenery after the holidays.

During daylight hours between December 26 and January 23, residents can drop off their holiday greenery at one of 17 locations throughout San Diego. Both green and snow-flocked foliage are accepted… but artificial greenery, ornaments, tinsel, lights, stands, hangers, bags, and other decorations are not. Please remove all décor before dropping anything off at the City's Christmas Tree Recycling Program locations.

City residents using their own bins should place greenery on the curb for collection on their regular greenery recycling pickup day. Trees more than four feet in length should be cut in half before being placed in the bin.

We hope the spirit of the season stays with you long enough to recycle your tree, and to encourage your neighbors to do the same. Our Environmental Services team works hard throughout the year to keep our communities clean and safe. Please help make their jobs a little bit easier by properly disposing of your holiday decorations. Thank you, and happy holidays!