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December 28, 2013 (San Diego) – Each holiday season, the County of San Diego and I Love a Clean San Diego work together to remind everyone that holiday recycling goes beyond just wrapping paper and gift boxes, your tree can be recycled too!

Christmas trees can be recycled into mulch and compost which are then used to improve soil health at residences, public parks, and local farms. 

Most trash companies offer curbside-pickup of Christmas trees. For instance, EDCO will pick up trees in front of single family homes from December 26 until January 10.  Trees taller than four feet should be cut in half, and be sure to remove all decorations, lights, tree stands and nails.  EDCO accepts flocked trees covered in artificial snow, but some trash companies do not, so be sure to check with yours.

In addition to curbside pick-up, tree drop-off sites are located in many communities in the San Diego area. In East County, drop-off locations include La Mesa, Lemon Grove, El Cajon and Ramona. 

To find out where you can recycle your tree and get additional information on recycling everything from wine corks to cooking oil, visit or call 1-877-R-1-EARTH.