How to properly dispose of your holiday tree

Richmond officials offer residents options for Christmas tree disposal

The Richmond Environmental and Health Initiatives Division is encouraging the city’s residents to consider disposing of their holiday trees in one of these ways:

  1. 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 decorations, plastic, cloth, ornaments and stand before composting. No flocked, painted, fireproofed, or artificial trees in compost. Artificial trees go in the trash container.
  2.  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.
  3. 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 $19.62/tree. Must be scheduled in advance.
  4. 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 a $11.55 disposal fee for non-compostable trees, or no proof of residency.
  5. Donate to Local Organizations: Local Boy Scouts and youth groups will pick up trees in exchange for a donation.

Information about free treecycling, bulky item, and Household Hazardous Waste programs available to Richmond residents can be found by visiting or calling Republic Services at 510-262-7100.

For San Pablo residents:

For San Pablo residents, their city’s Public Works Department is hosting a no-fee holiday tree pickup from Jan. 6 through Jan. 17.

Residents are asked to place trees curbside and city Public Works Crews will pick them up for proper disposal or recycling.

Trees that have been flocked are not able to be recycled.

For more information, call: (510) 215-3070