30th Annual Tree Chipping Event Continues San Francisco’s Time-Honored Tradition of Recycling Christmas Trees

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Peter Gallotta, (415) 355-5002, [email protected]


SAN FRANCISCO— San Francisco is once again celebrating the holiday season by celebrating another time-honored San Francisco tradition – recycling. Today, City officials and representatives from Recology gathered in front of City Hall to celebrate the 30th Annual “Chipping of the Trees” where previously adorned household Christmas trees were fed through a giant wood-chipper and will be recycled into energy for biomass facilities. The annual tradition is a reminder for San Francisco residents that Recology will be collecting and recycling Christmas trees from January 2 to January 14, 2017.

“In San Francisco, we help make the holidays a little greener by making it easy for residents to recycle their Christmas trees,” said Robert Reed, Recology. “Simply place your unflocked tree next to your blue cart on the morning of your regularly scheduled collection day for pick-up.”  

City residents are encouraged to place clean, unflocked trees next to their recycling carts before 6 a.m. on their regular collection day between January 2 and January 14. Remove all tinsel, decorations, plastic bags, stands, and lights. If your tree measures more than 6 feet tall, please cut it in half. Recology crews will first collect recycling and then make a second pass to collect Christmas trees.

“On your collection day, simply set out your tree next to your blue recycling cart. There’s no need to put your tree in a plastic bag. Just make sure all of your ornaments and lights are removed and we will collect it,” said Reed.

Collected Christmas trees will be chipped at Recology San Francisco’s transfer station and recycling center at 501 Tunnel Avenue. The wood chips will be used as biomass (boiler fuel) to generate electricity.

“Setting your tree out for recycling is an easy way to reduce waste this holiday season,” said Debbie Raphael, Director San Francisco Department of the Environment. “San Francisco’s commitment to chipping Christmas trees means that hundreds of tons of discarded trees will be turned into energy, instead of taking up space in our landfills.”

Recology’s holiday collection schedule is available on www.Recology.com. For more information email Recology through the “Contact Us” form at www.Recology.com or call the company at (415) 330-1300.

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