Christmas Trees (Real)

Organics (Food and Yard) Container

Disposal Instructions: Trees must be free of all decorations, lights, stands, etc. Flocked trees are not recyclable and should be cut to fit in the trash.


Recycle Trees 3 Ways!

  1. Curb/alley Pick Up: From January 4, 2021, through January 22, 2021, the Public Works Department will collect trees placed in the alley and at the curb on your regular cart collection day.
  2.  Green Container with your other yard trimmings. Please be sure to cut up your tree so the container lid will close.
  3. Self-haul at three parks: From December 26, 2020 through January 22, 2021:
  • Verdugo Park at North California Street and West Verdugo Avenue
  • Ralph Foy Park in the parking lot on West Victory Boulevard
  • McCambridge Park in the parking lot on Andover Drive

Holiday Tree-Cycling | Burbank, CA

Los Angeles residents interested in a tree recycling program can call the toll-free Environmental Hotline at 888-CLEAN LA. The hotline number will explain LA programs and drop-off locations. LA County residents with questions may also want to contact the LA County Sanitation District at (626) 548-5100.


Remove All Ornaments, Lights and Tinsel

Before you recycle your live Christmas tree, make sure that it is free of all ornaments, lights and tinsel.

Flocked Christmas Tree

Flocked Trees Are Not Recyclable

If your tree has flocking (sprayed-on fake snow), it can’t be recycled and will have to go in the trash instead.

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.