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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!

Please follow these simple steps:

  • Cut trees over six feet in half
  • Remove all ornaments, tinsel, and stands before recycling
  • Trees placed next to trash containers should be separated by at least three feet

Please note that flocked trees and trees with stands cannot be recycled and will not be accepted in green waste containers.

Will my waste hauler pick-up my Christmas tree?

South Coast

  • Customers of MarBorg Industries may place trees next to their trash containers or in or next to their green waste containers on their designated collection days. For questions, please call (805) 963-1852.
  • In the City of Carpinteria, customers of E.J. Harrison & Sons may place trees in their green waste containers on January 11th or on their regular green waste collection day thereafter.  For questions, please call (805) 647-1414.
  • 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 should put their Christmas tree out by 6:00 a.m. on collection days from January 2nd through 6th or on collection days thereafter.  The tree should be placed at least three feet from their trash container or cut to fit inside their green waste container   For questions, please call (805) 242-7937.
  • Customers in the City of Santa Maria should put their Christmas tree out by 6:30 a.m. on collection days from January 2nd through 6th.  The tree should be placed at least three feet from their trash container or cut to fit inside their green waste container .  For questions, please call (805) 925-0951, extension 7270.
  • Customers in the City of Lompoc should put their Christmas tree out by 7:00 a.m. on collection days from January 8th through 12th.  The tree should be placed at least three feet from their trash container or cut to fit inside their green waste container.  For questions, please call (805) 875-8024.
  • In the City of Buellton, customers of MarBorg Industries may place trees next to their trash containers or in or next to their green waste containers on their designated collection days.  For questions, please call (805) 963-1852.
  • 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 for free 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 & Transfer Station
4430 Calle Real
Santa Barbara
(free through January 13th)

MarBorg Industries
119 North Quarantina Street
Santa Barbara

North County

City of Lompoc Landfill
700 Avalon Road

Santa Ynez Valley Recycling & Transfer Station
4004 Foxen Canyon Road
Los Olivos
(free through January 13th)

Santa Maria Regional Landfill
2065 East Main Street
(free through January 6th)

Waste Management Yard
1850 West Betteravia Road
Santa Maria

Waste Management Yard
97 Commerce Drive
Buellton

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. 
  • In the City of Buellton, residents may bring their Christmas tree to Riverview Park on Saturday, January 13, 2018 between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., and the City will process it 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

For tips on how to prevent or reduce waste during this holiday season, visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's website:

If you have any questions, please call the County Public Works Department, Resource Recovery and Waste Management Division at (805) 882-3600. Spanish speakers may call (805) 882-3637 and leave a message, and one of our staff members will get back to you.

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