Tis the season, and the City of Los Angeles recently launched its 2016 Christmas Tree Recycling Program at the North Central Sanitation District Yard, where they provided tree recycling demonstrations and important fire safety tips.
LA Sanitation, the city bureau that oversees the program, annually provides residents with three safe and environmentally friendly options for Christmas tree recycling. Last year, nearly 100,000 trees were recycled, creating mulch and compost used by residents for gardening and City staff for landscaping. The three recycling options are:
1) Green Bin: residents are urged to follow a three-step process to recycle their trees in their green bin:
A) Remove all ornaments, decorations, tinsels and stand from the tree
B) Cut the tree into pieces; and
C) Place the tree pieces in the green bin and put out on your weekly collection day.
2) Curbside: Residents unable to cut or place trees in the green bin may leave their tree at the curb on their weekly collection day.
Residents can drop off their tree for recycling at one of 12 Los Angeles City Fire Stations.
Residents can drop trees at one of two mulching facilities: Lopez Canyon
Environmental and Education Center or the Harbor District Yard weekdays from
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Finally, residents can go to one of six City Recreation and Park locations on Sunday, January 8, 2017 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Go to www.lacitysan.org or call (800) 773-2489 for locations.
Residents of multifamily buildings are requested to place their Christmas trees curbside on their neighborhood collection day. For collection day information, go to www.lacitysan.org 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. Residents are reminded, however, that it is illegal to place household hazardous waste, such as electronics (i.e. televisions and computers) and batteries into the collection bins. Residents are urged to take those items to one of seven S.A.F.E. Centers for safe disposal and recycling. Go to www.lacitysan.org for locations and times.