Where and how to properly recycle your Christmas tree

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San Mateo County is offering community members tips on ensuring their Christmas tree gets recycled.

Residents should place their trees at the curbside on your regular yard waste or compost service day. There are also drop-off locations (see below).

The trees must not be bagged or it won’t be recycled. All stands, lights, tinsel, ornaments and other decorations must be removed from the tree. Flocked trees cannot be composted at all facilities.

Residents of multi-family buildings must call Customer Service to arrange a location on site for tree pickup.

“Each year, more than 25 percent more waste is generated during the holiday season than any other time throughout the year,” the county said. “Responsibly disposing of your holiday tree is one of many ways you can reduce waste sent to the landfill this festive season.”

For more holiday green tips from the County’s Office of Sustainability, visit: