Curbside tree
After Christmas tree. Julio Garciah/Flickr

Alameda county provides year-round curbside pick-up of Christmas trees and yard-trimming. Call the county’s recycling hotline at 877-STOPWASTE or find your city’s specific recycling program.

Contra Costa
Many cities in Contra Costa will pick-up Christmas trees during the holiday season. Call your local waste program to schedule a pick-up or find out what day they collect yard-trimmings.

Marin County will pick-up Christmas trees through the month of January on the day it normally collects yard waste, check the schedule to find your pick-up times. It will not accept tree stands or bases or trees over 6 feet tall. For taller trees call 415-485-5646, or bring the tree to the Marin Resource and Recovery Center. Many local fire stations also collect Christmas trees.

The Napa Boy Scouts will pick-up Christmas curbside trees on Saturday, January 8 at 9 a.m. You can also bring your tree to the Napa Recycling and Composting Facility. Trees over 8 feet tall must be cut in half. All other holiday waste, such as wreaths, should go in the green compost or yard trimmings bin.

San Francisco
San Francisco residents can put their trees on the curb from January 3 to January 7, and again from January 10 to January 14 before 6 a.m. on the regularly scheduled pick-up days. Residents can also be taken to the Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council until January 17, or Recology Golden Gate and Recology San Francisco until January 15.

San Mateo
Many cities in San Mateo will collect curbside trees through January. Each city has different pick-up days and times, check their listing to find yours. There are also six recycling centers that will accept trees. Allied Waste of San Carlos, and Ox Mountain Landfill will accept “flocked” trees, those with artificial snow on them.

Santa Clara
Mountain View will pick-up curbside trees from Christmas Day through January 27th from single-family properties.

Recology (PDF) will pick-up Christmas trees in Cupertino throughout the month of January; trees cannot be larger than 5 feet tall.

Gilroy will pick-up Christmas trees that are cut into three-foot pieces. Check your October bill for specific dates.

Los Gatos will collect Christmas trees under 6 feet on normal collection days. For more information call West Valley Collection and Recycling at 408-283-9250.

Other cities have yard-trimming programs, find yours.

Most cities in Solano County have curbside pick-up on specific dates in early January. Find your town’s dates.

Healdsburg, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Windsor and unincorporated Sonoma County have whole tree collection on these dates. In other cities, trees must be cut to fit inside the yard waste container.

Where to Recycle Bay Area Christmas Trees 27 December,2010Lisa Pickoff-White


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