City of Long Beach
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90802
Jan. 6, 2022 Update: The below press release was updated to reflect the extension for residents to drop off their holiday tree at one of the 12 drop off locations. The locations will remain open through Jan. 15 instead of Jan. 8 as originally stated.
Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach Department of Public Works will once again offer its Holiday Tree Recycling Program, known as Treecycling. This annual program provides Long Beach residents with the opportunity to dispose of their live holiday trees free of charge at 12 convenient drop-off locations throughout the city, Dec. 26, 2021, to Jan. 15, 2022, as well as a citywide curbside pick-up day for City serviced refuse customers on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022.
The Treecycling program collects the trees and sends them to either a chipping facility where they are turned into landscaping mulch or to a biomass conversion facility for energy generation. The City collects approximately 200 tons of holiday trees annually, which equates to approximately 10,000 to 15,000 trees. Proper disposal of holiday trees through the Treecycling program prevents fire hazards and blight by reducing illegally dumped trees in alleys and public right-of-ways.
Residents can drop off their holiday trees Dec. 26 through Jan. 15 at any of the locations listed below. All locations will operate weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.:
All tree decorations and stands must be removed, and trees over 12 feet tall should be cut in half. Artificial trees or trees from businesses will not be accepted at Treecycling drop-off locations.
Residents with City serviced refuse collection who are unable to drop off their holiday tree may utilize the citywide Treecycling pick-up day on Jan. 8. To participate, City refuse customers must place their tree where recycling is normally collected by 7 a.m. on the collection day.
Media inquiries may be directed to Diko Melkonian, Deputy Director/Bureau Manager, Department of Public Works, Environmental Services Bureau, at 562.570.2856 or Diko.Melkonian@longbeach.gov.
About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 480,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.
About Public Works
The Long Beach Public Works Department strives to operate, preserve, and enhance the City's physical infrastructure and transportation systems. The Department provides a variety of community services including the repair, rehabilitation and general upkeep of City streets, trees, sidewalks, and City structures. Public Works also provides emergency support services throughout the City. Visit us at longbeach.gov/pw/, Like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.