Christmas Tree Chipping

Christmas Tree Chipping Celebration

Annual event turns twenty-five. Celebrate with a giant chipper in front of City Hall.

WHAT: Ceremonial Christmas tree chipping news conference. The holidays wouldn't be complete in San Francisco without running some Christmas trees through a giant wood-chipper and getting a whiff of the fresh scent of mulched evergreens permeating the air in front of City Hall. Recycling Christmas trees reduces landfill disposal and increases recycling.

This year, as in years past, the City and Recology Sunset Scavenger and Recology Golden Gate are offering Christmas tree collection at curbside. Last year San Francisco recycled over 514 tons of Christmas trees.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 27, 2011 – 11:00 AM

WHERE: Civic Center Plaza, in front of City Hall

WHO: Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest

WHY: Innovative programs like curbside Christmas tree recycling will help the City meet its aggressive recycling

SAN FRANCISCO—San Francisco's post-holiday "treecycling" services get underway the Tuesday after Christmas with the 25th annual "chipping of the trees" in front of City Hall.

Christmas tree collection will take place Monday through Friday, January 2-6 and the following week, January 9-13. Clean trees should be placed at the curb, next to the trash cart, before 6 a.m. on the regularly scheduled pickup day; residents are discouraged from piling up trees on the street corner. Be sure to remove all tinsel, decorations, plastic bags,
stands, fake snow ―flocking‖ and lights. If the tree is over 6 feet, please cut it in half.

"Chipping your Christmas trees can make the holidays even greener" said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. "The EPA applauds the City of San Francisco for its commitment to achieve Zero Waste by turning these discarded trees into energy, not landfill."

Trees will be chipped at Recology San Francisco, the transfer station and recycling center at 501 Tunnel Avenue. The wood chips will be transferred to Tracy where they will serve as biomass (boiler fuel).

For questions, call Recology Sunset Scavenger at 330-1300 or Recology Golden Gate at 626-4000.