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San Diego Offers Free Christmas Tree Recycling

An excavator lifts discarded Christmas trees into a wood chipper at the Miram...

Photo by Megan Burks

Above: An excavator lifts discarded Christmas trees into a wood chipper at the Miramar Greenery, Dec. 26, 2017.

San Diego kicked off its 44th annual Christmas tree recycling program on Tuesday, with drop-off sites set up around the city for residents who don't have curbside yard waste pickup service.

The city's Environmental Services Department said people who drop off their trees should make sure they don't contain ornaments, lights or stands. No plastic bags, trash or trees used for commercial or fundraising purposes are allowed.

The program diverted around 1,400 tons of holiday trees from the Miramar Landfill in 2016, the equivalent of more than 164,000 individual Christmas trees.

San Diego residents can recycle their Christmas trees at the Mirarmar Landfill Greenery at 5180 Convoy St., off Highway 52. County residents should check with their waste hauler for information about curbside pickup, or take their tree to a county drop-off location.

Video by Katie Schoolov

City drop-off locations:

— Carmel Valley Recreation Center, 3777 Townsgate Drive;

— Cielo Drive at Woodman Street in Encanto;

— Golden Hill Recreation Center, 2600 Golf Course Drive;

— Kate Sessions Memorial Park, Soledad Road and Loring Street;

— Memorial Recreation Center, 2902 Marcy Ave. in Logan Height;

— SeaWorld Drive at Pacific Highway in Mission Beach;

— Chollas Lake, 6350 College Grove Drive;

— Robb Athletic Field Recreation Center, 2525 Bacon St. in Ocean Beach;

—- Montgomery Waller Community Park, lower west parking lot in Otay Mesa/Nestor;

— Rancho Bernardo Recreation Center, 18448 W. Bernardo Drive;

— Canyonside Recreation Center, 12350 Black Mountain Road in Rancho Penasquitos;

— San Diego State University, Parking Lot 17C off Alvarado Road;

— Scripps Ranch Recreation Center, 11454 Blue Cypress Drive;

— De Portola Middle School, 11010 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. in Tierrasanta; and

— Swanson Pool parking lot, 3585 Governor Drive in University City.

Photo by Megan Burks

A wood chipper at the Miramar Greenery processes Christmas trees for mulch and compost, Dec. 26, 2017.

San Diego kicked off its 44th annual Christmas tree recycling program on Tuesday, with drop-off sites set up around the city for residents who don't have curbside refuse pickup service.

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