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County: Recycle rather than dump Christmas trees


Last updated 12/19/2018 at 4:40pm

RIVERSIDE - Consider recycling rather than throwing away Christmas trees after the holiday, for the benefit of the environment,

Riverside County officials said.

According to the county Department of Waste Resources, residents can ensure trees are turned into "nutrient-rich'' mulch by participating in the agency's curbside pickup program or taking seasonal firs directly to the Badlands and Lamb Canyon landfills east of Moreno Valley.

The recycling program involves turning tannenbaums into chips and combining them with food waste from the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning to create compost that enhances the soil onto which it's poured.

Trees must be stripped of decorations, including lights and tinsel before they can be recycled. Flocked trees are not accepted and are supposed to be chopped up and put into trash receptacles.

Most trash haulers serving the county retrieve firs for recycling at least two weeks after Christmas.

Those residents who don't have curbside trash pickup, or who miss the deadline, can drop their trees -- without charge -- at any one of the following locations until Jan. 7:

-- A. Lua Wood Recycling, 18938 Mermack Ave., Lake Elsinore;

-- B.P. John Recycling, 28700 Matthews Road, Menifee;

More information is available at .


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