City of Carlsbad Free Christmas Tree Recycling


Christmas Tree Recycling

The City of Carlsbad is offering free, curbside pickup for Christmas trees Dec. 26 through Jan. 12 and drop-off bin locations Dec. 26, through Jan. 13. The trees will be recycled and converted into mulch that will be used throughout San Diego County.

At a Glance
Curbside tree pickup will take place on residents’ normally scheduled collection days.
Drop off locations in Carlsbad include:

o Calavera Hills Community Park, 2997 Glasgow Drive

o Stagecoach Community Park, 3420 Camino de los Coches

o Poinsettia Community Park, 6600 Hidden Valley Road

o Fire Station 1, 1275 Carlsbad Village Drive
For the weeks of Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, collection will be delayed one day due to the holidays.
When placing trees for curbside collection, follow these guidelines:

o Remove all decorations, including tinsel, lights, ornaments and tree stands.

o Trees taller than six feet must be cut in half and placed next to your green waste cart.

o When possible, cut down the tree so that it fits inside the green waste cart, with the lid closed for collection.

o Please note that flocked trees cannot be recycled and must be disposed of through regular trash service. Flocked trees must fit into the trash cart, with the lid closed for collection.

More Information

Other ideas for repurposing your tree include:
Bird feeders: Place the tree in the garden or backyard and use it as a bird feeder and sanctuary. Fresh orange slices or strung popcorn will attract the birds and they can sit in the branches for shelter.
Mulch: A Christmas tree is biodegradable; its branches can be removed, chipped, and used as mulch in the garden.
Living, rooted trees: Of course, you can get a rooted tree and then plant it in your yard after the holidays.

Even More Information

For more information, contact Waste Management at 760-929-9400 or visit


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