How to Recycle a Christmas Tree

Take the ornaments and lights off the tree, and then it can be placed in the green bin.


LA Sanitation & Environment has curbside collection for Christmas trees.

There are three ways to request a tree collection.

  1. Call our 24-hour Customer Care Center at 1-800-773-2489
  2. Visit MYLA311 website and create a “Bulky Items” ticket and select “Christmas Tree” in the drop down menu
  3. Create a request by clicking the green SERVICE REQUEST tab on the right of the screen of our homepage. Create a “Bulky Items” ticket and select “Christmas Tree” in the drop down menu


REMOVE all decorations, tinsel, and stand from the tree.

CUT* the tree into pieces, if needed, to fit into a green bin.

PLACE the tree pieces inside the green bin and put out for regular pick-up on collection day.

*If your Christmas tree is too big to cut and place inside the green bin, simply place the tree curbside next to your green waste bin on collection day.

Flocked trees and artificial trees can’t be recycled. Please place them in the black container to go to the landfill.

LASAN recycles Christmas trees and uses them to produce compost and mulch that is available to residents for free.

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One Response to How to Recycle a Christmas Tree

  1. Jim McCashin II says:

    Unused Christmas tree could be sent to a local zoo!

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