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Christmas Trees

Christmas Trees

Natural Christmas trees can be recycled and made into useful mulch or compost. The Department encourages residents to recycle Christmas trees and save valuable landfill space. Christmas trees must be prepared for recycling, so please remove all decorations, tinsel, lights, and tree stands.

Flocked trees cannot be recycled and must be disposed of with regular municipal solid waste.

Waste Guide

Recycling Locations

    Christmas trees are accepted at Riverside County landfills.

    Locations & hours

    Fee schedule

    • Riverside County landfills will accept up to three Christmas trees from Riverside County residents, December 26, 2022 through January 7, 2023. Green waste rates will apply to commercial, out-of-county, or loads of more than three trees. 

    The locations listed below accept up to three (3) Christmas trees per household, for FREE, up to two weeks after Christmas. All trees must arrive with all ornamentation removed and without artificial snow (flocking).


    A. Lua Wood Recycling

    18938 Mermack Avenue, Lake Elsinore

    (951) 245-4497


    B.P. John Recycling

    28700 Matthews Road, Romoland

    (951) 696-1144


    Burrtec/Coachella Transfer Station                          

    87011A Landfill Road, Coachella            

    (760) 863-4094


    Burrtec Edom Hill Transfer Station

    70100 Edom Hill Road, Cathedral City

    (760) 340-2113


    Burrtec/Robert A. Nelson Transfer Station

    1830 Agua Mansa Road, Riverside

    (951) 786-0544


    California Department of Fish & Wildlife  

    17041 S. Lovekin Blvd, Blythe

    (760) 922-9189



    1706 Goetz Road, Perris

    (951) 943-1991 


    El Sobrante Landfill

    10910 Dawson Canyon Road, Corona

    (866) 909-4458 


    Riverside County Badlands Landfill

    31125 Ironwood Ave, Moreno Valley 

    (951) 486-3200


    Riverside County Blythe Landfill

    1000 Midland Road, Blythe

    (951) 486-3200


    Riverside County Lamb Canyon Landfill

    16411 Lamb Canyon Road, Beaumont

    (951) 486-3200


    Riverside County Oasis Landfill

    84-505 84th Avenue, Oasis 

    (951) 486-3200

    Flocked trees cannot be recycled and need to be cut up and placed in your regular trash container.

    Most trash service haulers will collect Christmas trees for recycling for two weeks after Christmas. For specific information, contact your trash service hauler.

    Place the prepared tree inside or next to the green waste container on your regular pick-up day.

    Trees over 4 feet tall should be cut in half.

    This information above is offered as a public service in an effort to eliminate illegal and improper waste disposal. As the information may not be comprehensive, the Department encourages the public to research additional companies that are available for the services sought. The companies are not affiliated, endorsed or regulated by the Department. Accordingly, as with any professional service, please confirm the accuracy of the company’s information and request copies or verification of the company's license and/or permits to provide the service, prior to utilizing its services. Under no circumstances, directly or indirectly, shall the Department be held responsible or liable for reliance on this information.  If you would like to include your company on the list, please contact or call (951) 486-3200.