Don't heave that Christmas tree just yet

provided by the City of San Diego Dept. of Environmental Services


The City of San Diego Environmental Services Department and I Love A Clean San Diego want your Christmas tree this holiday season. That's, of course, after you've finished taking off the ornaments and the tree stand.

City residents are asked to recycle their Christmas trees at one of 27 drop-off locations throughout San Diego from December 26 through January 16. Recycling helps the City divert waste from the Miramar Landfill.

Trees will only be accepted at the drop-off sites during daylight hours, and must be free of ornaments, tree stands and nails. Trees decorated with fake snow cannot be recycled and must be disposed of as trash.

Site information is available by calling the Recycling Hotline" at (619) 467-0903 or (800) 237-2583. Residents are encouraged to check listings since locations may have been added or dropped, or changed from last year.

Residents can enjoy the trees even after they are recycled. The aromatic "mulch" that remains after the trees are "chipped" is useful for landscaping. The mulch serves as a pine-scented ground cover that reduces soil erosion and deters weed growth. It is available free at the Miramar Landfill by calling 573-1420.

Residents with curbside greenery recycling are also welcome to recycle their trees through the curbside program. Residents must cut their trees into sections no longer than 4-feet each and place them at the curb with their regular greenery recycling.


Christmas Tree Recycling

December 26, 1997 - January 16, 1998

For more information call (619) 467-0903

  • Trees with fake snow will not be accepted
  • Please drop off trees during daylight hours only
  • NO drop-offs after January 16th
  • Please remove all ornaments and tree stands


City of San Diego Drop-Off Sites

 Carmel Valley
  •  3900 block of Townsgate Dr. next to Carmel Valley Library

City Heights
  •  City Farmers Nursery, 4832 Home Ave at Euclid Ave.
  • North side of Wightman St. at 44th St.

  • Clairemont Mesa Blvd. at Diane St.

College Grove
  • Marketplace at the Grove Shopping Center, College Ave. entrance

  • 65th St. at Herrick St.

Golden Hills
  • Golden Hills Recreation Center, 2600 Golf Course Dr.

La Jolla
  • UCSD - Regents Rd. at Old Miramar Rd.
  • Soledad Park - La Jolla Scenice at Via Capri

Lincoln Park
  • Jackie Robinson YMCA, 151 North 45th St.

Logan Heights
  • Memorial Recreation Center, 2902 Marcy Ave.

Mira Mesa
  • Mira Mesa High School, Reagan Rd. at Mira Mesa Blvd.

  • Miramar Landfill, Convoy north of Hwy. 52

Mission Bay
  • Sea World Dr. at Pacific Highway

Mission Valley
  • Montgomery Ward parking lot at Mission Valley Center

Ocean Beach
  • Robb Field Recreation Center, 2525 Bacon St.

Rancho Bernardo
  • Pinery Christmas Tree Company, 13421 Highland Valley Rd.
  • California Clean Green Co., 10601-B Rancho Bernardo Rd.

Rancho Penasquitos
  • Canyonside Recreation Center, 12350 Black Mountain Rd.

San Carlos
  • San Carlos Recreation Center, 6445 Lake Badin Ave.

San Pasqual Valleu
  • Wild Animal Park - Hwy. 78 to service road

  • SDSU Parking Lot C off Alvarado Rd.

Otay Mesa/Nestor
  • Montgomery Waller Community Park, Coronado Ave. entrance near recreation building

Scripps Ranch
  • Hoyt Park, Canyon Lake off Aviary Dr.

Serra Mesa
  • Serra Mesa Recreation Center, 9020 Village Glen Dr.

  • De Portola Middle School, 11010 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.

University City
  • Standley Recreation Center, 3585 Govenor Dr.