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How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Richmond Sanitary Service makes it easy to dispose of your tree after the holidays.

Recycling your natural, unflocked Christmas tree is simple — just place it curbside on your garbage collection day, according to Richmond Sanitary Service. Ornaments, tinsel, lights, stands and similar tree accouterments should be removed.

If the tree is over six feet tall, RSS asks that you cut it in half, if possible. Very large trees — 12 feet high or more — should be cut into three lengths, if possible. Small trees may be placed in your green waste container.

For a flocked tree, you'll need to call RSS at (510) 262-7100 to schedule a pick-up. There's a $25 charge, or you may use one of your free clean-ups.

Trees will be picked up through January.

Reminder: If your normal garbage collection day is Tuesday or later, service will be delayed by one day this week and next (no service on Christmas Day and New Year's Day). Normal Friday collections will be on Saturday. The regular collection schedule resumes the week of Jan. 7, 2013.

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