It’s Time to Take the Tinsel Off and Recycle the Tree

Various cities are offering to recycle Christmas trees over the next few weeks.

Starting today, the city of San Gabriel will accept Christmas trees for recycling.

Until Jan. 10, trees can be taken any time to a collection bin at the San Gabriel Civic Auditorium parking lot, 320 S. Mission Drive.

All decorations, including tinsel, must be removed from the trees.


The city of Azusa will take trees at several locations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 2-4.

Sites are Old McDonald’s Shopping Center, 585 E. Foothill Blvd.; Memorial Park, Orange Place and 3rd Street; Northside Park, Orange Avenue and 12th Street; Pioneer Park, Dalton Avenue and Sierra Madre Boulevard; Slauson Park, Pasadena Avenue and 5th Street; Gladstone Park, Pasadena Avenue and Russell Street, and Zacatecas Park, Virginia Avenue and 1st Street.

Further information can be obtained by calling (818) 308-2803.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works and the County Department of Parks and Recreation are co-sponsoring a Christmas tree recycling program in cooperation with the Los Angeles County Fire Department Explorer Program.


Residents are asked to remove tree stands, nails and decorations, including tinsel, from their trees and take the trees to any of four locations: Crescenta Valley County Park in Glendale; Eaton Canyon Nature Center in Pasadena; Schabarum Regional County Park in Rowland Heights, or Frank G. Bonelli County Park in San Dimas.

The program will operate from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jan. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 at all four locations.

For more information, call the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works Recycling Hotline at (800) 552-5218 from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.