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Recycling Christmas Trees Is Easy

City of Sacramento / Courtesy

City of Sacramento / Courtesy

The City of Sacramento has a simple way for people to recycle their old Christmas trees. 

"Collection of Christmas trees is something that is part of the city's green waste service," says Erin Treadwell with the City of Sacramento. "Folks can put their Christmas trees out with their leaf piles anytime during leaf season. The last day for collection will be January 31." 

Treadwell says there are also options for people who don't have the service. She says there are free tree drop off locations for people that don't have the collection service. 

"They live perhaps in apartments or a business, there are many places the first weekend or second weekend in January that will take trees for free," says Treadwell. 

Treadwell says the trees should not be placed in bike lanes and all decorations need to be removed, along with the stand. 

Most municipalities collect trees or offer drop-off locations.


Sacramento City place your tree on the curb with your leaf pile. 

SMUD Corporation Yard6100 Folsom Blvd., 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Jan. 9. Get your tree mulched and bagged to take home to use for landscaping.

Sacramento Recycling And Transfer Station8491 Fruitridge Road, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dec. 26 - Jan. 31.

North Area Recovery Station4450 Roseville Road, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Free tree recycling Saturday, Jan. 9 and 10.

Keifer Landfill, 12701 Kiefer Boulevard and Grant Line Road
8:30 am to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 9 and 10.

Elder Creek Recovery and Transfer8642 Elder Creek Road, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jan. 2  and 9.

More on Sacramento County tree recycling.



Yolo County Central Landfill, 44090 County Rd. 28H, Woodland. Monday through Saturday 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free tree recycling through January 15

Esparto Recycling & Transfer Station, 27075 County Rd. 19A, Esparto. Wednesdays and Sundays, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free tree recycling through January 15


Place unflocked trees in your green waste bin. Remove all the branches and cut the trunk into sizes small enough to fit into the bin. Make sure the lid is closed.
Drop-Off Sites - Jan 2. through Jan 10. 
  • Maidu Park,1550 Maidu Dr.
  • Mahany Park, 1545 Pleasant Grove
  • Saugstad Park,100 Buljan Dr.

Curb your tree. As a community service, the Roseville Boy Scouts of America will pick up Christmas tree on Jan. 2 through 3 and Jan. 9 through 10. Just place your tree on the curb before 9:00 a.m. Donations are appreciated. 



Dan Russell Rodeo Arena, Folsom City Park at the end of Stafford St. Jan. 9 and 10, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 



Residents can place trees in the green-waste cart, if the tree is longer than 6 feet it must be cut in lengths of three feet or less and fit completely in the cart with the lid closed. 

Or, take your tree to the Special Waste Collection Center, 9255 Disposal Lane, Sun. through Wed. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.



Cut trees in half if they are more than six feet tall and place on the curb for collection with your regular green waste or in your green waste can.



Between Dec. 26 and Jan. 15, residents may place Christmas tree next to their waste bins for collection. Trees larger than six feet will need to be cut in half.



Recology Transfer Station, 12305 Shale Ridge Road, Dec. 26 through Jan 31. 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m



Miners Ravine7530 Auburn Folsom Road, Jan. 1 only.



Lincoln Airport, 1420 Flightline Drive, in the open field adjacent to airport. Dec. 26 through Jan 4.



Del Oro High School, 3315 Taylor Road, near swimming pool. Dec. 26 through Jan. 5.



Twin Oaks Park, 5500 Park Drive in the upper lot. Dec. 18 through Jan. 11.

Johnson-Springview Park, 5480 Fifth St. Dec. 18 through Jan. 11.



Free curbside pick of trees between Jan. 11 and Jan 15. Trees must be cut into three-foot segments and be clear of decorations.

Drop off your tree at the following locations between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., through Jan. 10:

Truckee Meadows Station 18, Cold Springs, 3680 Diamond Peak Drive

Truckee Meadows Station 17, Spanish Springs, 500 Rockwell Boulevard

Truckee Meadows Station 223, Lemmon Valley, 130 Nectar Street

Truckee Meadows Station 221, Silver Knolls, 11525 Red Rock Road

South Valley Volunteer Station 301, 345 Bellevue Road

Truckee Meadows Station 16, 1240 East Lake Boulevard

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