Christmas Trees (Real)

Special Instructions

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.


Remove All Ornaments, Lights and Tinsel

Before you recycle your live Christmas tree, make sure that it is free of all ornaments, lights and tinsel.

Flocked Christmas Tree

Flocked Trees Are Not Recyclable

If your tree has flocking (sprayed-on fake snow), it can’t be recycled and will have to go in the trash instead.

Ways to Reduce

Christmas Potted Plant

Decorate a Potted Tree Instead

It may be unconventional, but skipping the traditional Christmas tree (real or fake) altogether and decorating a potted tree you’ve bought or have in your home is a truly green way to have a tree for the holidays.

Plant Tree

Buy a Rooted Tree and Plant It After the Holidays

Next holiday season, buy a tree with roots (it can be balled and burlap or containerized) and plant it in your yard after you use it.

Did You Know?

Christmas Trees as Job Creators

According to the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA), the Christmas tree industry employs more than 100,000 people in the United States.

The Environmental Benefits of Christmas Trees

Although they’re planted just to be cut down and used as a decoration once they’ve reached maturity, Christmas tree farms have a positive impact on the environment. Each acre of Christmas trees produces enough oxygen for the daily needs of 18 people.