ANTELOPE VALLEY – This year, after the presents are opened and the ornaments are removed from your once-sparkling Christmas tree, Waste Management of the Antelope Valley invites you to recycle your tree through its curbside tree collection program.
“Christmas trees can do more than brighten children’s hearts this holiday season,” stated Sandra Pursley of Waste Management. “Trees can be recycled and given back to nature in the form of mulch.”
Waste Management will collect trees for residents in Palmdale, Lancaster, Quartz Hill and California City, from December 30 through January 10 on customers’ scheduled collection days.
Next week, collection will be delayed one day for customers normally serviced Wednesday through Friday.
When placing trees curbside for collection, customers are asked to remove all decorations, including tinsel, lights, ornaments and tree stands. Customers should only place un-flocked trees on the curb for recycling.
Waste Management also offers free drop off at the following locations, from December 26 through January 23, for customers who are unable to place their trees outside for pick up:
- Antelope Valley Landfill: 1200 West City Ranch Road, Palmdale
- Lancaster Landfill: 600 East Avenue F, Lancaster
- California City Drop Off Center: 19901 Neuralia Road, California City
For the creative recycler, Waste Management offers other ideas for repurposing your tree:
- Bird feeders: Place the Christmas tree in the garden or backyard and use it as a bird feeder and sanctuary. Fresh orange slices or strung popcorn will attract the birds, and they can sit in the branches for shelter.
- Mulch: A Christmas tree is biodegradable; its branches can be removed, chipped, and used as mulch in the garden.
- Living, rooted trees: If you get a rooted tree, it can be planted in your yard after Christmas.