Local residents have several options to get rid of their Christmas trees, thanks to tree recycling programs of the City of Los Angeles, the City of Santa Monica, and Los Angeles County.

LOS ANGELES RECYCLING SITES — In the City of Los Angeles, residents can recycle their trees by removing all tinsel and decorations, cutting the tree in half and putting the cut-up tree in the regular green recycling bins that are picked up on regular trash days.

Or, trees that have had all tinsel and decorations removed can be brought to:

n the Oakwood Recreation Center, 767 California Ave., Venice, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, January 7th and 8th, and Tuesday and Wednesday, January 14th and 15th; and to

n the Westchester Municipal Building, 7166 Manchester Ave., Westchester, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, January 7th and 8th, and Tuesday and Wednesday, January 14th and 15th.

Flocked trees cannot be recycled. They should be cut in half and placed in black bins outside.

Los Angeles city municipal code states that it is illegal to leave trees on the curb because they create a fire hazard.

As an incentive, people who drop off trees at one of the sites will receive free energy-efficient light bulbs and tree seedlings from the Department of Water and Power and coupons for free 20-pound bags of mulch.

Recycled Christmas trees are used to make mulch.

The City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works launched its Christmas Tree Recycling program at the Los Angeles Zoo Thursday, December 29th.

“The Department of Public Works Christmas Tree Recycling program is a simple and convenient service that the Bureau of Sanitation renders to Los Angeles residents every year,” said Cynthia Ruiz, president of the city Board of Public Works.

“We encourage everyone to work with the city and help the environment by recycling his or her Christmas trees,” she said.

Employees from the Bureau of Sanitation, the Department of Recreation and Parks, and youth volunteers from the Los Angeles Conservation Corps Clean and Green Program will staff the drop-off sites.

The Department of Public Works collaborates every year with the Los Angeles City Fire Department, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and the Department of Recreation and Parks to promote tree recycling.

Information, (800) 773-2489 or 311 or www.lacity.org/san

CITY OF SANTA MONICA — Santa Monica city officials are running the city Christmas tree recycling program throughout January. Trees may be brought free of charge to the City of Santa Monica Transfer Station, 2401 Delaware Ave., Santa Monica from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Trees can also be dropped off at the following city parks:

n Christine Emerson Reed Park at 1133 Seventh St., Santa Monica;

n Clover Park at 2600 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica;

n Douglas Park at 2439 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica; and

n Los Amigos Park at 2526 Sixth St., Santa Monica.

Information, (310) 458-2223.

COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES — In unincorporated communities, including the unincorporated Marina del Rey proper, residents should remove all ornaments, tinsel, lights, nails, plastic containers, and plastic or metal tree stands from Christmas trees.

The trees can then be placed at the curbside next to recycling and waste containers on scheduled trash collection days.

In the Marina, tree collection days for Browning Ferris Industries are through Saturday, January 14th.

Flocked trees will not be accepted. Information, (888) 742-5234.

Nasa Disposal Services Incorporated tree collection days are through Saturday, January 7th.

Flocked trees will not be accepted. Information, (323) 888-0388.

Ware Disposal Incorporated tree collection days are through Friday, January 6th.

Ware accepts flocked trees. Information, (714) 664-0677.