December 31, 2015 

LAWT News Service 


City of Los Angeles officials were at Fire Station 71 recently to highlight and demonstrate how to properly recycle Christmas trees and provide important fire safety tips.


LA Sanitation, which oversees the program, provides residents with three safe and environmentally friendly options for recycling their Christmas tree. Last year, nearly 100,000 trees were recycled. The trees are turned into mulch and compost that is used by residents for gardening and City staff for landscaping. The three recycling options are:


1) Green Bin – Follow the three-step process to recycle their trees in the green bin:


• Remove decorations and stand


• Cut tree into pieces; and


• Place in your green yard trimming bin


2) Curbside – Those who are unable to cut or place in the green bin, may leave their tree at the curb on their weekly collection day.


3) Drop-off – Use one of 12 Los Angeles Fire Stations to recycle their trees. In addition, residents can go to six Recreation and Park locations on Sunday, January 3, 2016 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Go to or call (800) 773-2489 for locations.


Residents of multifamily buildings are requested to place their Christmas trees at the curbside on the day of collection by LA Sanitation in their neighborhood. For collection day information, go to or call (800) 773-2489.


Holiday wrapping paper, cartons, cardboard, Styrofoam® and other expanded polystyrene products, plastics and gift boxes are also recyclable and should be placed in the blue bin. However, it is illegal to place household hazardous waste, such as electronics (i.e. televisions and computers) and batteries into the collection bins. Please take those items to one of seven S.A.F.E. Centers for safe disposal and recycling. Go to for locations and times.

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