LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Los Angeles city officials want this to be a green Christmas.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will kick off the city’s annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program Tuesday.

Christmas trees dry out quickly and Los Angeles Fire Department officials want residents to remember to dispose of the trees promptly after the holiday.

Trees with all ornaments removed and cut into pieces can be fit into the green bin and placed curbside for regular pick up on trash collection day. If the tree is too big to cut and placed in the green waste bin, the tree can be placed next to the bin instead.

Trees can also be dropped off at select Recreation & Park and Fire Station locations. Click here to find those drop-off locations.

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Comments (3)
  1. Why don’t LA learns from San Francisco? In SF, they have real green Christmas Tree plan 🙂 You can rent a Christmas Tree — really cool idea for city program…

  2. Corinne says:

    It’s horrible to kill trees, shame on those who buy trees that have been cut down.

    1. Nameless Person says:

      Really? You’re really gonna make a comment like that? So you don’t use paper at home to write or to print on? FYI… Trees are cut down for things other than Christmas.

      I like the idea of live trees instead of cut ones but when you don’t have a good option to obtain a live tree you go with what you have.

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