recycling

LA Sanitation's Christmas Tree Recycling Program

LA Sanitation has curbside collection for Christmas trees. If your Christmas tree is too big to cut and place inside the green waste bin, simply place the tree next to your green waste bin on collection day.

LA Sanitation has curbside collection for Christmas trees. If your Christmas tree is too big to cut and place inside the green waste bin, simply place the tree next to your green waste bin on collection day.

Recycle your Christmas tree in the green bin:

  1. REMOVE all ornaments, decorations, tinsels and stand from the tree.
  2. CUT the tree pieces before putting them inside the green bin for regular pick-up on collection day.
  3. PLACE the tree pieces inside the green bin.

Collected Christmas trees will be recycled into compost and mulch that is available to residents for free.

In addition, holiday wrapping paper, cartons, cardboard, Styrofoam® and other expanded polystyrene products, plastics and gift boxes are also recyclable and should be placed in the blue bin. However, it is illegal to place household hazardous waste, such as electronics (i.e. televisions and computers) and batteries into the collection bins. Please take those items to one of seven S.A.F.E. Centers for safe disposal and recycling. 
 

Multi-family Residential Recycling Program Participation

Residents of multifamily buildings are requested to place their Christmas trees at the curbside on the collection day in your neighborhood. Whether you are serviced by LA Sanitation or a private hauler, we will pick up your tree on your neighborhood scheduled collection day. Please remove all ornaments, decorations, tinsel and the stand from the tree.

To find your collection day, call 1-800-773-2489 or go to http://neighborhoodinfo.lacity.org/
 

Mulching Facilities

The following mulching facilities will accept trees until the end of January. Trees can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Holiday wrapping and packaging materials will not be accepted. Please remove all ornaments, decorations, tinsel and the stand from the tree prior to dropping it off.

LOPEZ CANYON ENVIRONMENTAL AND EDUCATIONAL CENTER
11950 Lopez Canyon Road
Lake View Terrace, CA 91342

HARBOR MULCH FACILITY
1400 N. Gaffey Street
San Pedro, CA 90731

One-day drop off at Recreation and Park locations

Christmas trees can be dropped off on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at six Recreation and Park locations from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Holiday wrapping and packaging materials will not be accepted. Please remove all ornaments, decorations, tinsel and the stand from the tree prior to dropping it off. 

Los Angeles Zoo Parking Lot
At Griffith Park, 
Junction of Golden State (5) and Ventura (134) Freeways

Baldwin Hills
Rancho Cienega Recreation Center
5001 Rodeo Road

Encino
Balboa Sports Center
17015 Burbank Boulevard

Rancho Park
Cheviot Hills Recreation Center
2551 Motor Avenue

Sunland
Sunland Park
8651 Foothill Boulevard

Westchester
Westchester Municipal Building
7166 West Manchester Avenue
 

Fire Stations

The following fire station locations will accept Christmas trees until mid-January. They will not be accepting holiday wrapping and packaging material. Please remove all ornaments, decorations, tinsel and the stand from tree prior to dropping it off. 

FIRE STATION #21
1192 E. 51st Street, 90011 – South Los Angeles
(213) 485-6221

FIRE STATION #28
11641 Corbin Avenue, 91326 – Porter Ranch
(818) 756-9728

FIRE STATION #29
4029 Wilshire Boulevard – 90010 – Hancock Park
(213) 485-6229

FIRE STATION #44
1410 Cypress Avenue, 90065 – Cypress Park
(213) 485-6264

FIRE STATION #64
101811 S. Main Street, 90061 – South Los Angeles
(213) 485-6264

FIRE STATION #65
1801 E. Century Boulevard, 90002 – Watts
(213) 485-6265

FIRE STATION #71
107 S. Beverly Glen Boulevard, 90024 – Holmby Hills/Bel-Air
(310) 575-8571

FIRE STATION #77
9224 Sunland Boulevard, 91352 – Sun Valley
(818) 756-8677

FIRE STATION #88
5101 N. Sepulveda Boulevard, 91403 – Sherman Oaks
(818) 756-8606

FIRE STATION #106
23004 Roscoe Boulevard, 91304 – West Hills
(818) 756-8606

Please call LA Sanitation's 24-hour Customer Care Center at 1-800-773-2489 with any questions.

Do you know the right way to recycle used tires?

Get more information on LA Sanitation's Used Tire Recycling program.

Call 311 or use the MyLA311 app to report abandoned waste and illegal dumping in the public right of way near you. When making a report, please provide as much detail about the location and debris as possible so the appropriate level of resources can be directed to the site.

To download the MyLA311 app, visit Google Play or Apple App Store.

Do you know what goes in your blue bin?

The City of Los Angeles currently operates the largest residential curbside recycling program in the United States, collecting a variety of recyclables from over 750,000 households every week.  

The City of Los Angeles currently operates the largest residential curbside recycling program in the United States, collecting a variety of recyclables from over 750,000 households every week.  

You can recycle these items in your blue bin container.

 

Paper

All clean dry paper, including:

  • Computer paper
  • Ledger paper
  • Arts and craft paper
  • Unwanted mail
  • Flyers
  • Telephone books
  • Note cards
  • Newspaper
  • Magazines
  • File folders
  • Paper bags
  • Post-it notes
  • Catalogs
  • All envelopes, including those with windows

Cardboard

All cardboard boxes and chipboard, including:

  • Cereal boxes
  • Tissue boxes
  • Dry food boxes
  • Frozen food boxes
  • Shoe boxes
  • Detergent boxes
  • Paper towel and toilet paper rolls
  • Cardboard boxes (broken down and flattened)

Cartons

All refrigerated, shelf-stable, aseptic packaging, including:

  • Fruit juice boxes and cartons
  • Orange juice cartons
  • Milk cartons
  • Wine boxes
  • Soy milk, rice milk and almond milk boxes and cartons
  • Cereal boxes
  • Heavy cream cartons
  • Egg substitute cartons

Metals

All aluminum, tin, metal, and bi-metal cans, rinsed if possible, including:

  • Soda cans
  • Juice cans
  • Soup cans
  • Vegetables cans
  • Pet food cans
  • Pie tins
  • Clean aluminum foil
  • Empty paint and aerosol cans
  • Wire hangers

Glass

All glass bottles and jars, rinsed if possible, including:

  • Soda bottles
  • Wine bottles
  • Beer bottles
  • Spaghetti sauce jars
  • Pickle jars
  • Broken bottles

Plastics

All plastics numbers 1 through 7

Empty plastic containers, rinsed if possible, including:

  • Soda bottles 
  • Juice bottles
  • Detergent containers
  • Bleach containers
  • Shampoo bottles
  • Lotion bottles
  • Mouthwash bottles
  • Dishwashing liquid bottles
  • Milk jugs
  • Tubs for margarine and yogurt
  • Plastic planters
  • Food and blister packaging
  • Rigid clamshell packaging

Plastic Bags

All plastic bags and film plastics, including:

  • Grocery bags
  • Dry cleaner bags
  • All clean film plastic

Polystyrene(STYROFOAM™)

All clean STYROFOAM™, including:

  • STYROFOAM™ cups, containers, and packaging
  • STYROFOAM™ egg shell cartons
  • STYROFOAM™ block packaging
  • STYROFOAM™ clamshell packaging

Miscellaneous Plastics including:

  • Plastic hangers
  • Non-electric plastic toys
  • Plastic swimming pools
  • Plastic laundry baskets