Christmas Tree Chipping Celebration

Contact's name: 
Friday Apaliski - (415) 781-9342

Annual event turns twenty-seven. 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.

The press event will announce the dates of curbside Christmas tree collection in San Francisco -- Thursday, January 2nd through Wednesday, January 15, 2014.

This year, as in years past, the City and Recology Sunset Scavenger and Recology Golden Gate will collect Christmas trees placed at the curb. Last year San Francisco recycled over 539 tons of Christmas trees.

WHEN: Thursday, December 26, 2013 – 11:00 AM

WHERE: Civic Center Plaza, in front of City Hall

WHO: Jared Blumenfeld, U.S. EPA Region 9 Director

WHY: Recycling Christmas trees helps the City make additional progress toward its goal of achieving zero waste.

SAN FRANCISCO— City officials and U.S. EPA Region 9 Director Jared Blumenfeld will gather in front of City Hall to conduct the 27th annual "Chipping of the Trees" event and announce the official dates San Francisco's Christmas Tree Collection Program. Christmas tree collection will take place on regular service days between Thursday, January 2nd and Wednesday, January 15, 2014. Residents should place clean trees at the curb next to their recycling carts before 6 a.m. on their regular pick-up day. Please do not pile 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.

"Treecycling is a great way to keep the holiday season green," said Jared Blumenfeld, U.S. EPA's Regional Administrator. "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."

Trees will be chipped at Recology's San Francisco 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) to generate electricity.

The collection dates are posted on For more information email Recology through the "contact us" form at or call the company at (415) 330-1300.

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