San Francisco residents looking to dispose of their Christmas trees are being asked to leave them next to their recycling bins on their regular collection day during the first two weeks of January.
San Francisco’s Christmas Tree Collection Program is running between Saturday and Jan. 15, according to the city’s Department of the Environment.
Residents are asked to place trees removed of decorations and lights alongside their bins before 6 a.m. on their regular collection day. Trees more than 6 feet tall will need to be cut in half, city officials said.
The collected trees will be chipped at Recology’s transfer station and recycling center at 501 Tunnel Ave. in the southeast end of the city.
City officials held its annual ceremonial tree chipping event outside of City Hall on Monday to announce the collection dates.
“Treecycling is a great way to keep the holiday season green,” Department of the Environment director Debbie Raphael said in a statement.
“San Francisco’s commitment to chipping Christmas trees means that hundreds of tons of discarded trees will be turned into energy, instead of taking up space in our landfills,” Raphael said.
Dan McMenamin, Bay City News