Need to get rid of your holiday tree? Here are three easy ways

City Recycling & Solid Waste staff are reminding people that there are three ways to toss out their holiday tree — on the street, in the bin or at a drop-off site — but need to follow certain guidelines when doing so.

As part of the City’s leaf collection service, customers can can put up to five holiday trees in the street for pick-up until Jan. 24.

“When placing trees on the street, make sure there is space between the curb and tree to allow water to flow to storm drains,” said City Integrated Waste Compliance Manager, Erin Treadwell. “Do not place trees in bike lanes.”

Customers who want to keep their tree longer can place them in the yard waste container. The tree must be cut into pieces that will fit into the container with the lid completely closed.

Treadwell says that regardless of how trees are disposed of they should be free of anything artificial, “Trees should be clean of all lights, tinsel, decorations, etc. and have no stand attached. Flocked trees will be accepted.”

Customers can check a collection calendar to see an estimate of when their tree will be collected.

People who aren’t customers of the City’s yard waste service can bring their tree to one of five free drop-off events below:

Sacramento Recycling and Transfer Station (8491 Fruitridge Road)
Dec. 26 to Jan. 9, Mondays to Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Limit of five trees

SMUD Corporation Yard (6100 Folsom Blvd.)
Jan. 9 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Limit of five trees

North Area Recovery Station (4450 Roseville Road)
Jan. 9 to 10 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Accepts more than five trees

Kiefer Landfill (12701 Kiefer Blvd.)
Jan. 9 to 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Accepts more than five trees

Elder Creek Recovery and Transfer (8642 Elder Creek Road)
Jan. 9 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Accepts more than five trees

 Improper disposal of holiday trees on city streets is considered illegal dumping.

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