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Christmas Tree Recycling

During this holiday season, help Mother Nature by recycling your Christmas tree. No matter where you live in Santa Barbara County, recycling your Christmas tree is easy!

Handling Instructions

Please follow these simple steps:

Please cut trees over six feet in half.

Please remove all ornaments, tinsel and stands before recycling.

Trees with stands and flocked trees cannot be recycled and will not be accepted.

Will my waste hauler pick-up my Christmas tree?

South Coast

  • Customers of MarBorg Industries may place trees in or next to their green waste containers or next to their trash containers on their regular trash collection days.
  • In the City of Carpinteria, customers of E.J. Harrison & Sons may place their trees in or near their green waste carts or next to their trash containers on January 3rd.
  • Owners and managers of apartments, condominiums, and mobile home parks should contact their waste hauler for Christmas tree recycling details.

North County

  • Customers of Waste Management may place their trees next to their trash container or inside their green waste container by 6:00 a.m. on collection days from January 6th through 10th and 13th through 17th.
  • Customers in the City of Santa Maria may place their trees next to their trash container or inside their green waste container by 6:30 a.m. on collection days from January 6th through 10th.
  • Customers in the City of Lompoc should place their trees next to their trash container by 7:00 a.m. on January 6th.
  • Owners and managers of apartments, condominiums, and mobile home parks should contact their waste hauler for Christmas tree recycling details.

Are there any drop-off locations?

The locations below accept Christmas trees during the holiday season.  If you don't have trash service or would like to get rid of your tree earlier than the collection date for your area, take it to one of these locations:

South Coast

South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station
4430 Calle Real
Santa Barbara
(805) 681-4345
Open Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m.
(Christmas trees will be accepted for free through January 11th.)

MarBorg Industries
119 North Quarantina Street
Santa Barbara
Open Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

North County

Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer Station
4004 Foxen Canyon Road
Los Olivos
(805) 688-5555
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
(Christmas trees will be accepted for free through January 11th.)

City of Lompoc Landfill
Avalon Road (south end)
Lompoc
(805) 875-8024
Open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on weekends and holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Waste Management
1850 West Betteravia Road
Santa Maria
(805) 922-2121
Open Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

and

97 Commerce Drive
Buellton
(805) 688-7456
Open Wednesday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m)

What happens to the trees?

South Coast

  • Christmas trees collected by MarBorg Industries, as well as trees dropped off at the South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station, are ground into mulch. 

Santa Ynez Valley

  • Christmas trees collected by Waste Management and MarBorg Industries (in Buellton), as well as trees dropped off at the Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer Station, are also ground into mulch. 

Santa Maria Valley

  • Waste Management grinds the Christmas trees it collects in the unincorporated areas and then transports this material to a commercial composting facility in Santa Maria. 
  • Christmas trees collected by the City of Santa Maria are taken directly to this same commercial composting facility.

Lompoc Valley

  • Waste Management grinds the Christmas trees it collects in the unincorporated areas and then transports this material to a commercial composting facility in Santa Maria. 
  • Christmas trees collected by the City of Lompoc are used as Alernative Daily Cover at its Landfill.

Holiday Waste Reduction Tips

To learn about tips to prevent or reduce waste during this holiday season, visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's website:  http://epa.gov/osw/wycd/funfacts/winter.htm

For additional tips, visit CalRecycle's website:  http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/publiced/holidays/

If you have any questions, please call the County Public Works Department, Resource Recovery and Waste Management Division at (805) 882-3600.  For Spanish speaking people, please call (805) 882-3637 and leave a message.  Your call will be returned and a response provided.

 

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