Pickup and dropoff details listed

The City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works kicked off its annual Christmas Tree Recycling program by encouraging residents to use the city’s green bins to recycle their trees.

The program, through recycling and conservation efforts, aims to keep the city safe and clean as the holiday season ends.

“Residents are urged to ‘go green’ and recycle their Christmas trees,” said Cynthia Ruiz, president of the Board of Public Works. “The results are the conservation of limited landfill space and the recycling of green renewable resources.

“Mayor [Antonio] Villaraigosa and the city are very appreciative that every year, more members of the public take responsibility to recycle their trees and take a proactive role in making Los Angeles cleaner, greener and safer.”

The program asks residents to recycle their trees at home in their city-issued green yard trimming bins.

City of Los Angeles residents with green bins can follow a simple three-step process — remove the ornaments from the tree; cut the tree; and place it in the green yard trimming bin for pickup by the Bureau of Sanitation on their regular trash collection day.

Christmas trees collected by the city will be recycled into mulch with other green waste normally collected during the week.

Multi-family building and apartment residents at buildings that do not have green bins are asked to use one of the 28 Bureau of Sanitation drop-off sites supported by the Department of Recreation and Parks and City of Los Angeles Fire Department the weekend of January 5th and 6th, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Residents may call the

city’s “3-1-1” telephone service directory for information about the drop-off locations and proper tree disposal options.

Last year the city collected nearly 80,000 Christmas trees citywide from the public and the trees that were collected were recycled as part of the city’s green waste program. The trees were recycled into mulch and provided free to the public.

“For the first time, as an added-value service, excess holiday wrapping and packaging material will be accepted at Recreation and Parks drop-off sites for residents that are not able to use recycling bins,” said Enrique C. Zaldivar, Bureau of Sanitation director. “We are committed to enhancing city programs that encourage recycling and enable residents to help save dollars and the environment while conversing energy and renewing resources.”

Participating Los Angeles City Fire Stations will accept Christmas tree drop-offs only from residents and will not accept any wrapping or packaging material nor provide any give-a-ways.

Information on the Department of Public Works Bureau of Sanitation Christmas Tree Recycling program or for assistance with oversized and large Christmas trees, dial “3-1-1” in the

City of Los Angeles, or www.la citysan.org/tree-recycle.htm/.