Recycling your Christmas tree in Sacramento

When the holidays are over, you still have to deal with the Christmas tree in the corner. Here are a few ways to dispose of dead trees around Sacramento.

The Christmas tree at the Old Sacramento Waterfront.

The tree at the Old Sac Waterfront probably won’t fit in a yard waste bin.

Photo by @tiffnic06

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Sure, the holidays are all fun and games — but if you celebrate Christmas, you know that sooner or later you have to deal with that “Night of the Living Dead” tree in the corner.

That doesn’t mean it’s dumpster-bound. Instead, we have some tips on how to put an old tree to good use.

🌲 Curbside pickup

The City of Sacramento will recycle your tree for you: all you have to do is bring it out to the curb for your neighborhood’s usual pick-up day. To make sure it gets properly recycled, you’ll need to remove the tinsel, garland, tree stand + ornaments before bringing it out.

🌲 Drop-off recycling

Maybe you just can’t wait for curbside pickup or don’t receive service from the City. Drop the tree off yourself at Sac County recycling centers/yard waste drop-off centers. Be sure to properly secure the tree to your car if you opt for this route. Bonus: Your holiday boxes, tissue paper + non-foil-lined gift wrap also can be dropped off at these same recycling centers.

🌲 Natural feeders

Give back to Mother Nature by making a natural bird feeder. Get creative with edible ornaments (think: orange-apple garlands and peanut butter pine cones), then set the tree out for birds to eat and take shelter. If your property includes a pond or lake, you can toss in the tree to make a natural reef, giving local fish a home.

🌲 Make your own mulch

When you take a tree to a recycling center they turn it into mulch anyway. So, why not use it for your own yard and spring garden? Ideally, you could shred the tree (for example, Home Depot has mulchers for rent), but usually by the time the holidays are over, the needles will already be falling off. You can spread them in garden beds or over the lawn.

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