Christmas Tree Recycling

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Christmas Tree Recycling.

Recycling your Christmas tree is a great way to reduce the amount of waste created over the holidays. Watch this short video to learn how Christmas tree recycling helps sustain our environment.

Ready to recycle your tree? Here are some simple do’s and don’ts to get your tree ready for recycling.


  • Remove all items from the tree so it looks the way it did when you purchased or cut it
  • Cut trees in half if they are too long (see details below)


  • Attempt to recycle artificial or flocked trees
  • Put it in your recycle bin
  • Leave it in the tree stand
  • Leave ornaments, tinsel or any other decoration on the tree

To Recycle Your Tree in San Luis Obispo County

All areas except Paso Robles city limits – your community’s residential garbage and recycling service provider accept Christmas trees for recycling after December 25. Trees must be cut into 4 foot or shorter lengths, with no tree parts greater than 6 inches in diameter. Tinsel, ribbons, stands, and all other decorations must be removed. Flocked trees are not accepted. Place tree parts in your green waste cart.

Within Paso Robles city limits – a special route is run specifically for live undecorated and unflocked trees. The route runs for two weeks following Christmas. There is no need for trees to be cut down and they need to be placed next to the cart, not in the green waste cart.

If you don’t have green waste collection – contact your Service Provider for pick up.

Chicago Grade Landfill, Cold Canyon Landfill, Santa Maria Transfer Station and Paso Robles Landfill also accept Christmas trees for recycling. Fees apply.