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Los Angeles Offers Free Christmas Tree Recycling

The annual program aims to make it easy for residents to recycle Christmas trees by providing several options.

With all the work that it takes to put up a Christmas tree, no one wants to think about taking it down. However, before you take that first ornament off the tree, think about how you intend to throw it away.

The city of Los Angeles Department of Public Works is providing several options for recycling Christmas trees. Curbside collection is available, as long as all decorative ornaments are removed. If the tree is too large to cut up for the green waste bin, put the tree next to the bin on your scheduled recycling pickup day.

The city urges residents to recycle, said Paul Gomez, a public information officer for the Department of Public Works. 

“It’s obviously an important thing,” Gomez said. “We want to make sure they’re being environmentally conscious.”

Trees can also be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Jan. 8 in Westchester at the Westchester Municipal Building at 7166 W. Manchester Ave.

Trees also may be dropped off for recycling that day in Venice at Fire Station #63 at 1930 Shell Ave.

Before you drop off your tree, take off all ornaments, tinsel and garlands, and remove the tree from its stand. 

In addition to trees, Gomez said, other items associated with the holidays can be recycled, including wrapping paper, cellophane, tissue paper and bubble wrap. Some gift bags may be recycled as well. For a complete list of products eligible for recycling, visit: lacitysan.org/solid_resources/recycling/curbside/what_is_recyclable.htm.

To find out more information about the city’s recycling program, visit lacity.org.

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