Tips on holiday tree disposal

Ways to dispose of your Christmas tree
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Republic Services and Richmond’s Environmental and Health Initiatives Division are recommending a number of options for disposing of your holiday tree this year:

Curbside Collection: Cut your tree to fit your organic waste container. Trees must be 6” or less in diameter and cut to 3’ in length. Natural trees go in compost. Remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel, mail, and stands before composting. No flocked, painted, fireproofed, or artificial trees in compost. Artificial trees go in the trash container.

On Call Bulky Pick-up: If you have not already used your allocated On-Call Curbside Bulky Clean-Up(s), call Republic Customer Service office at 510-262-7100 to arrange for no cost curbside pick-up. Trees more than 6’ feet tall must be cut in half. Must be scheduled in advance.

For Fee Curbside Collection: If you are unable to cut your tree to fit in your container, call Republic Customer Service office at 510-262-7100 to arrange “For Fee” curbside collection $19.84/tree. Must be scheduled in advance.

Self-Haul (Drop-off): With proof of residence (driver’s license or CA ID), Republic Services customers can take Christmas Trees to Golden Bear Transfer (#1 Parr Blvd, Richmond Monday – Friday, 7 AM – 5 PM; Sat-Sun, 9 AM – 5 PM) through the 1st weekend of February for compostable trees for free. There is an approximate disposal fee of $12.50 (subject to change) for non-compostable trees, or no proof of residency. Please make sure to wear a mask.

Donate to Local Organizations: Local Boy Scouts and youth groups will pick up trees in exchange for a donation.

Call Republic Services at 510-262-7100 for more information.