annual event to remind San Francisco residents to recycle their trees. (Photo courtesy Sarah Gaiser/Bay City News)

City urges residents to recycle Christmas trees

San Francisco officials today held the city’s 30th annual Christmas tree chipping event as a reminder for residents to recycle their trees.

Officials with The City’s Department of the Environment and waste management contractor Recology fed about 50 trees into the chipper today in front of City Hall, filling the air with the fresh evergreen scent of Christmas.

The woodchips collected today are destined to end up as mulch in city parks.

From Jan. 2 through Jan. 14, residents can recycle their own trees by placing them out at the curb on their regular garbage collection day.

Recology will collect the trees and send them to a biomass facility where they will “go from waste to energy,” Department of the Environment spokesperson Peter Gallotta said.

“San Francisco makes it really easy to recycle,” Gallotta said.

The City recycled 577 tons of Christmas trees last year—an amount city officials said was equivalent to two Boeing 787 Dreamliners—and expects to collect a similar amount this year.

Trees should be placed next to blue recycling bins unflocked and clean of all ornaments, tinsel, plastic bags, lights and stands. Those standing more than 6 feet tall should be cut in half.

To check Recology’s holiday collection schedule, residents can go to www.Recology.com.

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