Christmas Tree Recycling Celebration

Contact's name: 
Donnie Oliveira, SF Environment (415) 606-8039,
Outreach Program Manager

For immediate release – December 21, 2012

Press contacts:
Donnie Oliveira, SF Environment, (415) 606-8039,
Robert Reed, Recology, (415) 606-9183,

Christmas Tree Recycling Celebration

S.F. fires up giant chipper in front of City Hall. Festive event turns 26.

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 kick off curbside Christmas tree collection in San Francisco. This year, as in years past, the City and Recology Sunset Scavenger and Recology Golden Gate are offering the service. Last year San Francisco recycled over 562 tons of Christmas trees.  

WHEN:   Wednesday, December 26, 2012 – 11:00 AM

WHERE: Civic Center Plaza, in front of City Hall

WHY:         Innovative programs like curbside Christmas tree recycling are helping the City achieve it’s goal of zero waste

SAN FRANCISCO—San Francisco's post-holiday "treecycling" services get underway the Wednesday after Christmas with the 26th annual "chipping of the trees" in front of City Hall.

Christmas tree collection will take place on your “regular service day” from Wednesday, January 2nd through Tuesday, January 15, 2013.  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.

“Start the New Year with keeping a tradition going and put your tree out for collection,” said Melanie Nutter, director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment.  “If you are searching for a good resolution, helping the City achieve zero waste by 2020 is a good one.”

Trees collected from the curb will be chipped at Recology San Francisco, the transfer station and recycling center at 501 Tunnel Avenue. 

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


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