San Francisco Department of the Environment

How do I recycle my Christmas tree in San Francisco?


Place clean, unflocked trees curbside the night before your scheduled collection day, between Monday, January 4th through Friday, January 15th, 2021. 

Recology will "treecycle" for free! To get rid of your Christmas tree. Instructions:

  • Trees must be natural, undecorated, and unflocked.
  • Remove all tinsel, decorations, plastic bags, stands, and lights.
  • If your tree measures more than 6 feet tall, cut it in half before putting it on the curb.
  • Trees must be placed alongside your green composting bin on your regular composting collection day.

View Recology's holiday schedule


Note that a separate Recology truck will pick up trees. Please contact Recology if your tree is not picked up by the end of the day on your regular service day. If you miss your collection date, contact Recology by calling (415) 330-1300.

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