If possible, please recycle your unflocked Christmas tree in the green waste container at any time. Trees can be up to six (6) feet long without needing to be cut. No stands, tinsel, ornaments, or flocked trees are allowed in the green waste container.
The City of Torrance will recycle Christmas trees as part of your curbside collection for those unable to use the green waste container during the following dates:
December 26, 2013, through January 9, 2014
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. Then, place the tree at the curb at least four feet from your automated containers by 7:00 a.m. on your regularly scheduled collection day between December 26, 2013, and January 9, 2014. A separate truck will collect the trees to use as mulch and landfill cover.
Christmas trees put out for collection before or after the recycling collection dates, flocked trees, or trees not put in the green waste container, must be cut up and placed in the automated refuse container for removal.
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 IS DECEMBER 12, 2013, FOR PICK UP THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 16, 2013, ON YOUR RECYCLING DAY. NO LARGE ITEM APPOINTMENTS WILL BE SCHEDULED FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 23, 2013. LARGE ITEM PICK UP REQUESTS WILL RESUME JANUARY 13, 2014. PLEASE CALL CUSTOMER SERVICE AT 855-354-5623 TO SCHEDULE ALL LARGE ITEM PICK UPS.
For multi-family homes and businesses, contact your private waste hauler for their recycling program information.
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.
For tips on holiday waste reduction, click here to go to LA County's "Helpful Holiday Hints for Waste Reduction".
For more information, call
City of Torrance
Public Works Department
For those not serviced by Torrance Sanitation, L.A. City has drop-off sites for Christmas trees on Sunday, January 5, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Click here for listing and more information.