Christmas Tree Recycling

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Holiday Tree Recycling.

In San José, holiday trees are picked up and recycled into mulch. By setting out your real holiday trees correctly, you are helping reduce the amount of waste created over the holidays. Watch this short video to learn how holiday tree recycling helps our environment.

Ready to have your tree recycled into mulch? Here are some simple do’s and don’ts to get your tree ready for collection.


  • Remove all items from the tree so it looks the way it did when you purchased or cut it
  • Cut trees into 5-foot pieces
  • If you live in a single-family dwelling, set your tree out on the curb by 6:00 a.m. on your regular collection day. If you live in a multi-family dwelling, check with your property manager for set out instructions
  • Set out on your collection day between December 26th and January 29th, 2021


  • Attempt to recycle artificial trees. Instead, call your recycling company for a free Junk Pickup appointment
  • Put it in your recycle bin
  • Leave it in the tree stand
  • Leave ornaments, tinsel or any other decoration on the tree

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