Riverside County is urging residents to make one last Christmas gift this year — by recycling their Christmas trees.
Most trash haulers that collect the trees curbside for the two weeks after Christmas will take them to be recycled. Residents should place the tree next to or inside the green-waste container on their regular pick-up day. Trees over 4 feet tall should be cut in half, a Riverside County news release states.
Before recycling, decorations, lights, tinsel and tree stands must be removed. Flocked trees can’t be recycled through this program and must to be cut up and placed in a regular trash container.
For those without a curbside pickup program, several drop-off locations will accept up to three properly prepared Christmas trees through Saturday, Jan. 7. The county’s website lists the locations.
Through the free Christmas tree recycling program, natural trees will be chipped and combined with food waste and other organic waste to make compost or mulch. Recycling organic material diverts organic waste from landfills.
Information: Riverside County Department of Waste Resources, 951-486-3200, or see the online waste guide for additional green holiday suggestions.