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Christmas Tree Recycling Program Kicks Off

The city of San Diego's 41st annual tree recycling program will kick off Friday at the Miramar Landfill and at locations throughout the city.

The program provides a place for people without curbside refuse collection a place to drop off their trees after Christmas.

"The city will collect your tree and recycle it for you," said Mayor Kevin Faulconer in a video that will air on CityTV. "It's an easy and convenient way to make sure your tree gets recycled properly."

The drop-off locations are:

— Carmel Valley, Carmel Valley Recreation Center, 3777 Townsgate Drive

— Encanto, Cielo Drive at Woodman Street

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

— La Jolla, Kate Sessions Memorial Park, Soledad Road and Loring Street

— Logan Heights, Memorial Recreation Center, 2902 Marcy Ave.

— Miramar, Miramar Landfill Greenery, 5180 Convoy St.

— Mission Bay, SeaWorld Drive at Pacific Highway

— Oak Park, Chollas Park, 6350 College Grove Drive

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

— Otay Mesa/Nestor, lower west parking lot of Montgomery Waller Community Park, 3020 Coronado Ave.

— 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, Gaspar de Portola Middle School, 11010 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.

— University City, Swanson Pool, 3585 Governor Drive

The sites will be open through Jan. 23. Residents with curbside garbage pickup can simply leave their tree with the rest of their trash and recyclables.

Residents should remove lights, ornaments, tinsel and other decorative items from Christmas trees before disposing of them.

Recycling trees reduces the amount of material that goes into the Miramar Landfill and provides compost, mulch and wood chips for use by local gardeners, according to city officials.

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