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San Diego kicks off Christmas tree recycling program

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The city of San Diego's Christmas tree recycling program starts Monday for the 38th year.

For many San Diego residents, getting rid of their Douglas or noble firs is as simple as placing it outside for curbside garbage pickup.

For others, the city of San Diego will have 16 locations where trees can be dropped off, including the Miramar Greenery at the Miramar Landfill at the north end of Convoy Street near state Route 52.

Chris Gonaver, director of the Environmental Services Department, said recycling trees helps the environment and will extend the life of the landfill.

"Historically, yard clippings and other organic materials, such as Christmas trees, comprise more than 20 percent of the material buried in the landfill," Gonaver said. "By recycling trees, residents help reduce the amount of material in the landfill and give holiday trees a second life as compost, mulch or wood chips."

The service is available through Jan. 23 for city of San Diego residents. People who live in other cities or in unincorporated county areas need to contact their own trash haulers for details.

Gonaver said residents must remove all tree stands, lights, ornaments, tinsel, and non-recyclable materials from their trees.

Flocked trees are accepted.

Besides the landfill, locations include:

-- Carmel Valley, Carmel Valley Recreation Center, 3777 Townsgate Drive, lower parking lot;

-- Encanto, Cielo Drive at Woodman Street;

-- Golden Hill, Golden Hill Recreation Center, 2600 Golf Course Drive;

-- La Jolla, Kate Sessions Memorial Park, Soledad Road and Loring Street;

-- Logan Heights, Memorial Recreation Center, 2902 Marcy Ave.;

-- Mission Bay, SeaWorld Drive at Pacific Highway;

-- Oak Park, Chollas Lake, 6350 College Grove Drive, in Gloria's Mesa parking lot;

-- Ocean Beach, Robb Athletic Field Recreation Center, 2525 Bacon St.;

-- Otay Mesa/Nestor, Montgomery Waller Community Park, lower-west parking lot on Palm Avenue;

-- Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Bernardo Recreation Center, 18448 W. Bernardo Drive;

-- Rancho Penasquitos, Canyonside Recreation Center, 12350 Black Mountain Road;

-- San Diego State University, Parking Lot D off Alvarado Road;

-- Scripps Ranch, Scripps Ranch Recreation Center, 11454 Blue Cypress Drive;

-- Tierrasanta, De Portola Middle School, 11010 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.; and

-- University City, Swanson Pool, 3585 Governor Drive.

The Miramar Greenery is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays and most holidays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The landfill will be closed on New Year's Day.

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