Time to ditch that Christmas tree

2019 has come and gone, and with it so has the season of homes filled with fir and spruce varietals. Now that it’s 2020 and time to pack up ornaments, what’s a Yuletide reveler to do with their tree?

Lucky for us Bernal residents, Recology offers free treecycling from January 2nd until January 15th: https://sfenvironment.org/treecycle

All you have to do to ensure your tree gets picked up and disposed of properly is the following:

  • Place clean, unflocked trees curbside the night before your scheduled collection day
  • Remove all tinsel, decorations, plastic bags, stands, and lights.
  • If your tree measures more than 6 feet tall, cut it in half before putting it on the curb.

So what does Recology do with the 500 tons of trees it expects to collect this year? According to SFExaminer:

They haul the trees to Recology’s transfer and recycling station at 501 Tunnel Ave. near the former Candlestick Park. There, Recology feeds all the trees into a ginder [sic], turning them into wood chips. The chips are then transported to Recology Blossom Valley Organics near Modesto where they are turned into mulch and sold for commercial projects or use in public parks.

“Christmas trees contain pine pitch. That makes it difficult to compost, but great for commercial landscaping projects because the pitch in the finished mulch helps suppress weeds at landscaping projects,” Reed said.

Joshua Sabatini, SF Examiner

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