Christmas tree disposal restrictions vary from city to city, but most collectors agree that trees should be cut into smaller pieces and placed next to trash receptacles for collection on your regular trash pick-up day. Following is a list of rules for home collection only. Trash pick-up at commercial buildings, which includes apartment complexes with dumpsters, may vary and tenants should check with the building manager.
Anaheim, Brea, Garden Grove, La Habra, Newport Beach, Placentia, Westminster: Trees must be cut into 4-foot lengths for trash pick-up.
Buena Park and La Palma, Fullerton, Orange: Trees taller than 5 feet must be cut in half. In the city of Orange, trees will not be picked up more than two weeks after Christmas Day.
Cypress, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Villa Park: Trees taller than 5 feet must be cut in half and branches should be bound to the trunk. Disposal by mid-January is encouraged.
Costa Mesa, Yorba Linda: All tree branches must be tied to the trunk, and trees taller than 4 feet must be cut in half.
Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley: Any tree weighing less than 60 pounds may be placed whole at the curb or alley next to trash cans. A request for special pick-up is required for heavier trees.
Irvine, El Toro, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, Santa Ana, Tustin: Trees must be cut into lengths no longer than 6 feet.
San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, South Laguna: Trees should be cut into 4-foot lengths, and branches wider than 2 feet must be tied to the trunk.
Stanton: Cut tree into 3-foot lengths and bundle branches.