San Francisco’s annual Christmas tree recycling program will start next week, city officials announced Wednesday. Residents can leave their trees curbside for pickup.
The “treecycling” was announced at a news conference in Civic Center Plaza, where officials from the Department of the Environment and Recology inserted more than a dozen trees into a chipper. Read More
The annual Christmas tree burning tradition on Ocean Beach is advertised with a Burning Man-esque spirit of leaving nothing behind. But this year, participants did not follow suit.
"It took three days to clean up," said Alexandra Picavet, a spokeswoman for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which oversees Ocean Beach. Read More
Christmas is over, you have enjoyed the tree as long as you possibly can, and now the time has come to dispose of it. What do you do?
San Francisco’s trash-hauling company, Recology, provides tree pickup as part of its normal service, which remains the same throughout the holiday season.
Christmas tree collection takes place Jan. 3-7 and Jan. 9-13. Trees are supposed to be placed next to customers’ recycling, composting or trash bins. Read More
Once Christmas is over, have any idea what will happen to your lightly-used conifer? One group certainly does.Friends of the Rootless Forest celebrates the end of the season with a bonfire — a largely unplanned one. The group reportedly picks up lonely Christmas trees throughout The City and burns them somewhere on Ocean Beach, often during the first week of January. Read More
It takes Joffer Palmares three days to decorate his Christmas tree.
The 38-year-old San Francisco resident starts with lights — all 3,000 of them, which will take hours to hang — then moves on to decorations and finally completes the work with fresh garlands flown in from Bali.
Oh, and the lights used must be white.
“It makes the tree more colorful when you mix it with lots of ornaments,” Palmares said. Read More
The giant Christmas tree in Union Square is extra green this year — so green that it’s artificial.
The evergreen that dazzles holiday shoppers was not cut down in a forest. Instead, the 83-foot Southern beauty that Macy’s bought came from a company in Georgia. Assembled like a giant jigsaw puzzle, the faux fir will be the star of Macy’s 22nd annual Great Tree Lighting Ceremony tonight. Read More
On the corner of 20th and Folsom streets, the chalk outline of a Christmas tree is the only reminder of the holiday season.
The white lines surrounding the tree carcass — similar to those found outlining a dead body at a crime scene — are perhaps one joker’s message that the new year has begun. Read More
There is no such thing as a perfect tree, but James Carlton works hard to make it look that way.
Carlton, tree farmer with Carlton Christmas Trees LLC, and his team of workers are behind the 80-foot-tall, 30-foot-wide tree in Union Square that — to the untrained eye — looks perfect. It gets that way, however, after weeks of preparations.
“No tree is perfect,” Carlton said. “They all have a little bit of character.” Read More
Blake Slemmer, a homesteader and environmental engineer from Atlanta, helps people pick their own tree and decorations through his website www.pickyourown.org. He started the website six years ago to encourage families to support local farms.
Is there a perfect Christmas tree? If it brings you joy and your kids squeal with delight, that’s all that matters. There is so much of Christmas that is controlled by external conditions; the tree for each family is unique. Read More