Christmas Tree Recycling

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

Recycling your Christmas tree is a great way to reduce the amount of waste created over the holidays. Watch this short video to learn how Christmas tree recycling helps sustain our environment.

Ready to recycle your tree? Here are some simple do’s and don’ts to get your tree ready for recycling.


  • Remove all items from the tree so it looks the way it did when you purchased or cut it
  • Cut trees in half if they are too long (see details below)


  • Attempt to recycle artificial or flocked trees
  • Put it in your recycle bin
  • Leave it in the tree stand
  • Leave ornaments, tinsel or any other decoration on the tree

To Recycle Your Tree in The City of Stockton

Christmas trees should be set out for recycling on your regularly scheduled collection day. Make sure to remove all ornaments, tinsel, lights, and stands.

  • December 28, 2020 – January 15, 2021
  • Trees over 6’ must be cut in half
  • Flocked or fireproofed trees may be placed curbside, however, they will not be recycled.
  • If you still have a Christmas tree to dispose of after January 15, 2021, please cut it into smaller pieces and place it in your organics cart for recycling.
  • Any Christmas tree left at curbside after January 15, 2021 will be removed and the customer charged the authorized rate for its removal.