There are thousands upon thousands of Christmas trees purchased in the Sacramento Metro regional area during the holidays. To keep them out of landfills, residents can recycle their trees.
Ready your trees to be recycled by removing all decorations, including ornaments, tinsel, lights, stands, and nails. Flocked trees will be accepted. Most locations will have a five tree limit per car load. However, the Elder Creek, Kiefer Landfill, and the North Area Recovery Station will accept more than five trees per car load.
The following drop-off locations are free.
Dan Russell Rodeo Arena
Address: Folsom City Park, at the corner of Natoma and Stafford, Folsom
Dates and hours: Dec. 27 and Jan. 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Elder Creek Recycling & Transfer
Address: 8642 Elder Creek Road, Sacramento
Dates and hours: Dec. 26 to Jan. 31, Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., and closed Sunday. Dec. 27 and Jan. 3, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Address: 12701 Kiefer Blvd., Elk Grove
Dates and hours: Dec. 27 and Jan. 3, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
North Area Recovery Station
Address: 4450 Roseville Road, North Highlands
Dates and hours: Dec. 27 and Jan. 3, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
SMUD Corporation Yard
Address: 1708 59th St., Sacramento
Dates and hours: Jan. 3 only, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sacramento Recycling & Transfer Station
Address: 8491 Fruitridge Road, Sacramento
Dates and hours: Dec. 26 to Jan. 31, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Sunday.
Dec. 27 and Jan. 3, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Other municipal agencies will accept recycling curbside as long as they are cut and placed in their green waste container on a specific date. Flocked trees aren’t usually recycled.
Date of pickup: Dec. 29 to Jan. 2
Note: Residents can place trees in grey green waste cart by 6 a.m. on day of normal collection.
If tree is longer than 6 feet tall, they must be cut in lengths of three feet or less and must fit completely in cart with the lid closed.
Date of pickup: Dec. 26 to Jan. 16
Note: Trees left curbside on regular pick up days will be treated as trash. Trees in green waste containers will be recycled.
Date of pickup: Dec. 27 to Jan. 3
Note: Trees in green waste containers will be recycled.