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San Diego Gives Christmas Trees Second Life

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Aired 12/28/09

You can recycle your old Christmas tree in a way that returns it back to the earth. The City of San Diego's Environmental Services Department offers free tree recycling.

You can recycle your old Christmas tree in a way that returns it back to the earth. The City of San Diego's Environmental Services Department offers free tree recycling.

San Diego will have multiple locations open this year to accept Christmas trees for recycling.
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Above: San Diego will have multiple locations open this year to accept Christmas trees for recycling.

If you live in San Diego and have curbside yard waste recycling, you can recycle your Christmas tree by leaving it on the curb.

Stephen Grealy is with the city's Environmental Services Department. He says that by recycling trees, you can help reduce the amount of material in the landfill and give the holiday trees a second life.

"We make decorative bark products; we make compost, mulches, and a whole variety of other different types of products," said Grealy. "And the Christmas trees generally get made back into a compost product."

He says green waste, including Christmas trees, makes up more than 20 percent of the material buried in the Miramar landfill.

All tree stands, lights, ornaments and other tree decorations must be removed before recycling. The tree recycling program continues through January 23.

There are also 16 drop-off locations for Christmas trees in San Diego. Click on any neighborhood for a map to the location:

Carmel Valley - Carmel Valley Recreation Center, 3777 Townsgate Drive (Lower parking lot)

Encanto - Cielo Drive at Woodman Street

Golden Hill - Golden Hill Recreation Center, 2600 Golf Course Drive

La Jolla - Kate Sessions Memorial Park, Soledad Road at Loring Street

Logan Heights - Memorial Recreation Center, 2902 Marcy Avenue

Miramar - Miramar Landfill & Greenery, Convoy St. (North of Highway 52)

Mission Bay - SeaWorld Drive at Pacific Highway

Oak Park - Chollas Lake, 6350 College Grove Drive (In Gloria's Mesa parking lot)

Ocean Beach - Robb Athletic Field Recreation Center, 2525 Bacon Street

Otay Mesa/Nestor - Montgomery Walker Community Park (Upper and lower-west parking lots)

Rancho Bernardo - Rancho Bernardo Recreation Center, 18448 W. Bernardo Drive

Rancho Penasquitos - Canyonside Recreation Center, 12350 Black Mountain Road

San Diego State University - Parking Lot D off Alvarado Road

Scripps Ranch - Scripps Ranch Recreation Center, 11454 Blue Cypress Drive

Tierrasanta - De Portola Middle School, 11010 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.

University City - Swanson Pool, 3585 Governor Drive

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