Christmas Tree Chipping Celebration

Contact's name: 
Friday Apaliski, Dept.of Environment (415) 355-3788, [email protected]
Robert Reed, Recology, cell: (415) 606-9183, rree[email protected]

Annual event turns twenty-nine. 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 official dates of curbside Christmas tree collection in San Francisco -- January 2nd through January 15, 2016.

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 more than 570 tons of Christmas trees.  

WHEN: Monday, December 28, 2015 – 10:30 AM

WHERE: Civic Center Plaza, in front of City Hall

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

SAN FRANCISCO— City officials will gather in front of City Hall to conduct the 29th annual “Chipping of the Trees” event and announce the official dates San Francisco’s Christmas Tree Collection Program. In San Francisco the Christmas Tree Collection Program will run the first two weeks January. 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 15. 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 collect your recycling and then make a second pass to collect Christmas trees.

“Treecycling is a great way to keep the holiday season green,” 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.”

Trees will be chipped at Recology’s San Francisco transfer station and recycling center at 501 Tunnel Avenue.  The wood chips 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.