Christmas is now behind us and for those Angelenos who put up fresh Christmas trees, we housesellers want you to know the city of Los Angeles has started its annual Holiday Tree Recycling program where over 100,000 trees are recycled each year. You can place the tree in your green recycling bin for pick up on your waste collection day or, if the tree is too big to cut up, simply place it alongside the bin. Make sure that the trees are bare and that all ornaments, stands, tinsel, etc. are removed. Residents of multi-family buildings are requested to simply place their Christmas trees curbside on the collection day in your neighborhood. The recycled trees are saved from ending up in a landfill and are turned into mulch and compost that is available to residents for free. 

If you do not want to leave your tree on the curb or want it gone before trash day, the link in the first paragraph has information about mulching centers that will accept your tree until the end of January. Christmas trees can also be dropped off on Sunday, January 6, at six Recreation and Park locations from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and those locations are also listed in the link above. The link also provides the information for a number of local fire stations that will be accepting trees through mid-January. Please keep in mind that flocked trees--those sprayed with adhesive and cellulose fibers to simulate snow--cannot be recycled and need to be cut up and disposed of in a regular trash container.

Waste Management customers in the South Bay can also recycle their Christmas trees through a curbside collection program. For Manhattan Beach customers it is on their regularly scheduled collection day from Dec. 26 through Jan. 12. For Rolling Hills Estates customers it is on their regularly scheduled trash day from Dec. 26 through Jan. 16. Unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County (such as Rancho Dominguez, West Rancho Dominguez, Rosewood, El Camino Village, Alondra Park, Del Aire and Wiseburn) will have tree pick up on their regularly scheduled collection day from Dec. 26 through Jan. 11.  This link is the complete list of pick up dates and times for all of the incorporated and unincorporated cities and communities in the Los Angeles area.