Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Let's Start the New Year off by Recycling Holiday Trees

As the holidays end I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and remind City of Los Angeles residents about the need to properly recycle their Christmas trees. Each year Americans dispose of 30-35 million Christmas trees.

This is why the Department of Public Works’ Bureau of Sanitation and I want you to know that we have expanded our Christmas tree collection program to make it easier for you to properly dispose your dried Holiday trees.

Simply remove all ornaments, decorations, tinsels and stand from the tree, and then place it inside the green waste bin for regular pick-up on collection day. If your Christmas tree is too big to cut and place it inside the green waste bin, simply place the tree next to your green waste bin.

If you live in a multifamily building, place your Christmas tree at the curbside on the day of collection by the Bureau of Sanitation.

Recycling Christmas trees prevents hundreds of thousands of trees from ending up in our landfills. All collected Christmas trees will be recycled into compost and mulch, which helps the environment while making our city greener.

Please visit the Bureau of Sanitation website at http://www.ci.la.ca.us/san/tree-recycle.htm for more information on Christmas Tree Recycling.