City of San Diego Christmas Tree Recycling

Christmas trees being recycled at the Miramar Landfill in San Diego

City of San Diego

Environmental Services Department

43rd Annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program

Dec. 26 – Jan. 23

Drop off trees during daylight hours only

Residential Customers ONLY


  • NO Ornaments, Lights or Tree Stands
  • NO Plastic Bags or Trash
  • NO Commercial or Fundraising Trees

Residential Christmas Tree Recycling Drop-off Sites

Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley Recreation Center, 3777 Townsgate Drive (lower parking lot)


Cielo Drive at Woodman Street

Golden Hill

Golden Hill Recreation Center, 2600 Golf Course Drive

La Jolla

Kate Sessions Park, Mount Soledad Rd.

Logan Heights

Memorial Recreation Center, 2902 Marcy Ave.


Miramar Landfill and Greenery Recycling, Convoy Street (north of state Route 52)

Mission Bay

Sea World Drive at Pacific Highway

Oak Park

Chollas Lake, 6350 College Grove Drive (Gloria’s Mesa parking lot)

Ocean Beach

Robb Field Recreation Center, 2525 Bacon St.

Otay Mesa/Nestor

Montgomery Waller Community Park (lower parking lot on the southeast corner of Palm Avenue and Beyer Boulevard)

Rancho Bernardo 

Rancho Bernardo Recreation Center, 18448 West Bernardo Drive

Rancho Peñasquitos 

Canyonside Recreation Center, 12350 Black Mountain Road


Parking Lot 17C (formerly parking lot D)

Scripps Ranch

Scripps Ranch Recreation Center, 11454 Blue Cypress Drive


De Portola Middle School, 11010 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.

University City

Swanson Pool, 3585 Governor Drive

Trees and wreaths can also be picked up curbside for those residents with curbside yard waste collection.  Trees taller than 4’ should be cut in half.   In 2015 close to 1100 tons of trees were recycled which preserved precious space within the Miramar Landfill.

By recycling your tree this extends the life of the tree creating compost, mulch and wood chips.  City of San Diego residents can load up to two cubic yards of mulch or compost for free at the Miramar Greenery there are also other options to purchase.

For more information on the Christmas Tree Recycling Program and holiday waste reduction tips, contact the City of San Diego’s Environmental Services Department Recycling Hotline at 858-694-7000 or

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