Christmas Day has come and gone and now starts the annual tradition of taking your tree down and disposing of it. How to recycle your tree depends on where you live.
City of Sacramento residential yard waste customers can place trees in the street for pickup as part of the City’s Leaf Season service. Leaf Season collection occurs from November through January. The last day that trees, or any yard waste, can be placed out on the street for collection is January 23, 2023. Please keep trees and yard waste out of bike lanes and away from drains.
Holiday Tree Recycling Guidelines:
If you miss the citywide tree collection, you can put your tree in your organic waste container. Please cut the tree into pieces that will fit completely into the container with the lid closed.
Free Drop-off Events for Residents who do not receive City service:
On-street tree collection is for residential customers who receive leaf season service from the City.
Businesses, residents who live in apartments, on private streets or in gated communities should use one of the free drop-off events listed below or find another legal disposal method for their tree. Improper disposal of holiday trees on City streets is considered illegal dumping. Please note the specific dates and times for free tree drop-off.
Recycle your holiday tree!
Give your holiday tree the proper send-off and do our local landfills a big favor by recycling it.
Bring your tree to the SMUD Corporation Yard at 6100 Folsom Blvd. on Saturday, Jan. 7 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and we’ll mulch it for free.
Trees can be recycled for free at the following locations. Please remove all tinsel, lights, tree stands, and nails. Flocked trees are accepted at all locations.
North Area Recovery Station
4450 Roseville Road | 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 7 & Sunday, Jan.8
12701 Kiefer Blvd. | 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan.7 & Sunday, Jan. 8
Elder Creek Recovery and Transfer
8642 Elder Creek Road | 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 7
Sacramento Recycling & Transfer Station
8491 Fruitridge Road | 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 7
Also accepting trees Dec. 26 – Jan. 7, Monday – Saturday | 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Folsom – Dan Russell Rodeo Arena
Rodeo Park, end of Stafford St. | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
CURBSIDE ORGANICS COLLECTION OF HOLIDAY TREES
County residents can recycle their live holiday tree (all tinsel, lights, decorations, nails and stands removed) by cutting it up and putting it in the curbside Organics cart. Please make sure the lid will close. The cart will be emptied on your regular Organics collection day.
Flocked trees can be cut up and placed in the curbside Garbage cart for collection – ensure lid will close.
Please do not put holiday trees on curbs or roadsides!
Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023, Free Mulching Event
Residents can bring holiday trees to be mulched for free:
SACRAMENTO COUNTY LOCATIONS
Saturday, January 7 and Sunday, January 8, 2023
Residents can recycle holiday trees for free at:
*Loads in excess of 5 trees must be issued a voucher for the trees to be accepted at no charge. Nonprofit civic groups and community organizations can obtain vouchers by submitting the Annual Holiday Tree Recycling Program Application Form. For more information, email SacGreenTeam@SacCounty.gov.
OTHER LOCAL DROP-OFF LOCATIONS
Saturday, January 7, 2023
Residents can also recycle holiday trees for free at: