Although Christmas tree recycling is an annual tradition there are many rules and deadlines that can make it difficult for people to collect and drop off Christmas trees. The advertisements, flyers and online outreach from each city are seen by residents of other areas, but each resident needs to know their own city’s rules.
The best way to get rid of a tree is by grinding it, then using the mulch or compost at your site. “treecycling”It is a great way to help the earth and reduce the need for trucks to idle and transport. It will be mulched together with other yard trimmings so long as it isn’t decorated or adorned with any other items.
Place fireproofed trees into garbage bags and not in yard waste. Remove decorations and stands. Trees that have been flocked with fake snow are acceptable in all other cities except Thousand Oaks.
You can request a whole tree pick-up if your tree is too big to fit in your cart.
- Harrison & Sons and Waste Management/GI Industries collection in unincorporated areas, Camarillo and Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley and Moorpark from December 27 to January 7. Athens Services will takeover Thousand Oaks from Jan.
- Santa Paula, Athens, January 8
- Port Hueneme January 4-14; Oxnard January 29.
Unless you make separate arrangements, special collection will not be available if you plant a tree in an area with no free collection or after a deadline. These arrangements can be made by calling the refuse collector to request your annual allocation. “free bulky item collection.”
If you live in a multifamily apartment that does not offer yard waste service ask your manager to make arrangements separately with your hauler.
Christmas trees can be dropped off by businesses, homeowners without curbside service, and apartments that do not have garden waste collection bins. These drop-off areas will be open until January 10, at the following locations.
- Agromin Organics can be found at 6859 Arnold Road, Oxnard. Hours are Monday to Friday from 7 a.m.-4.30 p.m., Saturday from 7 am.-3 pm.
- Agromin’s corporate office, 201 Kinetic Drive, Oxnard, Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Peach Hill Soils’ retail site at Performance Nursery, at 6101 E. Los Angeles Ave., Somis, Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Peach Hill Soils compost site, 10765 W. Los Angeles Ave., near Moorpark, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m.-2 p.m..
- Agromin and Peach Hill offer free bags of mulch or compost to residents dropping off trees at these locations.
These are just a few of the other options.
- Waste Management’s Simi Valley Landfill and Recycling Center, 2801 Madera Road, allows free tree drop-off, Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. through Jan. 15.
- Moorpark offers residents a drop-off spot at Park Crest Lane on Marquette Street for free from Jan. 9 through January 9.
- Santa Paula’s downtown train station drop-off is open through Jan. 8.
- Residents of Oxnard can drop off trees at no cost at Del Norte Regional Recycling and Transfer Station, Monday-Saturday, 6 a.m.-5 p.m. or at the buyback centre Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Extra trash can also be disposed of in most areas after Christmas.
Residents in unincorporated areas can collect up to two additional 50-gallon bag free of charge from Jan. 8 through 8.
Ojai residents may double their set-out, using tied bags adjacent to trash carts and collapsed cardboard next to their recycling, through Jan. 8. Moorpark residents may dispose of up three additional bags of trash, recycling and other waste for free through January 10.
David Goldstein is an environmental analyst for the Ventura County Public Works Agency. You can reach him by calling 805-658 3121 [email protected].