Christmas Trees (Real)

Special Instructions

Christmas trees are collected for recycling after the holidays. Please remove the stand and all decorations including lights and tinsel. Cut tree in half if taller than 6 feet. Do not bag or tie your tree.

Residents of single-family homes: Place tree on or near the curb on your regular collection day before 5 am. Small trees can also be placed in your organics cart.

An appointment is required to have trees picked up from multifamily residential complexes and business. Please call ahead to schedule — (650) 589-4020.

**Flocked trees are accepted but not recycled. Do not put them inside an organics cart or bin.**

Ways to Reduce

Christmas Potted Plant

Decorate a Potted Tree Instead

It may be unconventional, but skipping the traditional Christmas tree (real or fake) altogether and decorating a potted tree you’ve bought or have in your home is a truly green way to have a tree for the holidays.

Plant Tree

Buy a Rooted Tree and Plant It After the Holidays

Next holiday season, buy a tree with roots (it can be balled and burlap or containerized) and plant it in your yard after you use it.

Did You Know?

Christmas Trees as Job Creators

According to the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA), the Christmas tree industry employs more than 100,000 people in the United States.

The Environmental Benefits of Christmas Trees

Although they’re planted just to be cut down and used as a decoration once they’ve reached maturity, Christmas tree farms have a positive impact on the environment. Each acre of Christmas trees produces enough oxygen for the daily needs of 18 people.