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Don't forget to recycle your Christmas tree

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SAN DIEGO (CBS News 8) - The City of San Diego's Environmental Services Department will host the 42nd Annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program beginning Saturday, December 26, 2015 and running through Saturday, January 23, 2016.

This year's program offers 16 drop-off locations, available to City residents only, as well as curbside pickup for customers with curbside yard waste collection.

“Christmas tree recycling is a great way for San Diegans to do their part to help the environment by extending the life of the Miramar Landfill,” said Mario X. Sierra, director of the Environmental Services Department. “Organic materials like yard clippings and Christmas trees make up more than 20 percent of the material buried in the landfill. By recycling trees, residents help reduce the amount of material in the landfill and give holiday trees a new purpose as compost, mulch or wood chips.”

Beginning December 26 and continuing through January 23, 2016, San Diego residents can recycle their Christmas trees seven days-a-week at the Miramar Landfill Greenery or any of the 16 drop-off locations listed below at no charge.

Only “clean trees” are accepted at city recycling locations. Residents must remove all tree stands, lights, ornaments, tinsel, and non-recyclable materials.

Please do not illegally dump any other items at the drop-off locations. Trees from commercial tree lots or fundraising projects are not accepted at the drop-off locations. Instead, these trees can be dropped off anytime during regular business hours at the Miramar Greenery for a nominal fee.

In addition to clean trees, flocked trees (fake snow) are also accepted. If you are transporting your Christmas tree in a plastic bag for drop-off, please be sure to remove the tree and take the bag with you. All trees will be recycled into high quality mulch and compost.

Curbside yard waste recycling customers can also recycle trees through the curbside collection program by placing trees at the curb with their regular yard waste recycling bin.

Customers with automated greenery containers must cut up their clean trees into roughly 3-foot pieces to fit easily inside their greenery container.

Customers who are unable to cut their trees for manual collection or who cannot fit the tree into the green automated container, should drop off their tree at any of the City’s convenient drop-off locations.

Curbside recycling program customers should remove all non-recyclable materials before placing trees inside the automated bin or at the curb next to yard waste collection containers.

Here is a complete list of the City’s 16 drop-off locations for the 42nd Annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program Sites Addresses:

1. Carmel Valley: Carmel Valley Recreation Center, 3777 Townsgate Drive, lower

2. Encanto: Cielo Drive at Woodman Street.

3. Golden Hill: Golden Hill Recreation Center, 2600 Golf Course Drive.

4. La Jolla: Kate Sessions Memorial Park, Soledad Road and Loring Street.

5. Logan Heights: Memorial Recreation Center, 2902 Marcy Avenue.

6. Miramar: Miramar Landfill at Greenery, Convoy St. north of Highway 52.

7. Mission Bay: SeaWorld Drive at Pacific Highway.

8. Oak Park: Chollas Lake, 6350 College Grove Drive, in Gloria's Mesa

9. Ocean Beach: Robb Athletic Field Recreation Center, 2525 Bacon Street.

10. Otay Mesa/Nestor: Montgomery Waller Community Park (lower-west parking lot on

11. Rancho Bernardo: Rancho Bernardo Recreation Center, 18448 W. Bernardo Drive.

12. Rancho Peñasquitos: Canyonside Recreation Center, 12350 Black Mountain Road.

13. San Diego State University: Parking Lot D off Alvarado Road.

14. Scripps Ranch: Scripps Ranch Recreation Center, 11454 Blue Cypress Drive.

15. Tierrasanta: De Portola Middle School, 11010 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard.

16. University City: Swanson Pool, 3585 Governor Drive. parking lot.

The Miramar Greenery is located inside the Miramar Landfill, at 5180 Convoy Street, just north of Highway 52.

Hours of operation are 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 Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

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