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Christmas Tree Recycling

Christmas Tree Recycling

Christmas trees six (6) feet or smaller can be placed directly into your green waste container and will be collected during normal collection times. 

Curbside pick-up for Christmas trees will be available December 27, 2016, through January 12, 2017 during normal collection times.

Trees must be unflocked (no fake snow), less than six feet long (without cutting), and undecorated (no strands, tinsel, or ornaments)

To recycle unflocked Christmas trees curbside, remove all tinsel, ornaments and stands. Trees can be up to six (6) feet long without needing to be cut. Place the tree at the curb at least four feet from your collection containers by 7:00 a.m. on your regularly scheduled collection day between December 27, 2016, and January 12, 2017. A separate truck will collect the trees to use as mulch and landfill cover.

If Christmas trees are flocked or put out before or after the recycling collection dates, the trees must be cut and placed in the regular trash container for collection.

Eco-Friendly Tips!

For a more eco-friendly, sustainable Christmas tree option, try a living (potted) Christmas tree at "Living Christmas" a non-profit organization.  Note that the city does not endorse specific businesses but provides options to the public.

Click here to go to LA County's "Helpful Holiday Hints for Waste Reduction" for tips on holiday waste reduction

For multifamily homes, businesses, and those not serviced by the City of Torrance, please contact your private waste hauler for their recycling program information. 

Large Item Pick Up

The large item collection program will not be available during the curbside Christmas tree recycling program. Remember that it takes at least a week to schedule the large item pick up, so please plan accordingly. 

Note: the last day to call to schedule a large item pick up for 2016 is December 8, 2016, for pick up on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 or Wednesday, December 14, 2016. No large item appointments will be scheduled for December 20, 2016 through January 17, 2017. Large item pick up requests will resume January 16, 2017 for pick up the week of January 24, 2017.  Please call customer service at 855-354-5623 to schedule all large item pick-ups.

For more information, call

City of Torrance
Public Works Department