Feeling stumped about holiday tree recycling? We have answers!

SONY DSCToday’s blog comes from our Marketing Coordinator, Sarah. Like many, Sarah loves celebrating the holidays and decorating her home. One of the most common and beloved symbols of the season are trees and other greenery such as wreaths, but what should we do with them after the beginning of the New Year? Read on to learn more about convenient tree recycling resources near you!


Fast Facts

Holiday tree recycling - 1972

  • 25-30 million holiday trees are sold each year in the United States and unfortunately many of them are sent to our landfills.
  • However, trees and other yard wastes can be easily made into compost and mulch to improve soil health at residences, public parks and local farms, when recycled properly.
  • For over 40 years, ILACSD has put together a countywide recycling guide for residents each year that explains how and where you can recycle your tree!

Let us help you find a convenient pick-up or drop-off option! Most waste haulers offer special holiday tree recycling programs to pick up trees with yard waste on regular collection days. In addition to curbside pick-up, tree drop-off sites are located in the communities of:

  • Bonsall
  • Carlsbad
  • Chula Vista
  • Coronado
  • Crest
  • Del Mar
  • El Cajon
  • Escondido
  • Fallbrook
  • Imperial Beach
  • Jamul
  • Lakeside
  • La Mesa
  • Lemon Grove
  • National City
  • Poway
  • Ramona
  • San Marcos
  • Santee
  • Solana Beach
  • Valley Center
  • Vista
  • And several communities in the City of San Diego


Please click here to get answers to your recycling questions! For tree recycling, please search “Holiday tree recycling” to find our resource guide!

A complete list of tree recycling locations is also available at www.WasteFreeSD.org or by calling 1-877-R-1-EARTH.