Christmas tree recycling in San Diego. Image from city video

San Diego will began its 43rd annual Christmas tree recycling program Tuesday, with drop-off sites set up around the city for residents who don’t have curbside refuse 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 has diverted around 1,100 tons of holiday trees from the Miramar Landfill in prior years, the equivalent of more than 140,000 individual Christmas trees.

San Diego residents can recycle their Christmas trees at the landfill’s greenery at 5180 Convoy Street, off Route 52.

Other drop-off locations are:

  • 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 Heights
  • 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
  • Swanson Pool parking lot, 3585 Governor Drive in University City

City News Service contributed to this article.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.