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Get ready to recycle Christmas trees

COAST CITIES — Throughout North Coastal San Diego County, both waste disposal companies will recycle Christmas trees, sending them back to nature in the form of mulch.

Residential customers of Waste Management cannot recycle flocked trees, which must be disposed of through regular trash service. Flocked trees must fit into the trash cart, with the lid closed for collection.

Residents may recycle their plain trees curbside as follows:

Oceanside: Tree pick-up will begin on residents’ normally scheduled collection day from Dec. 26 through Jan. 17.

Carlsbad: Tree pick-up will be from Dec. 26 through Jan. 10 with tree drop off locations at Calaveras Park 2997 Glasgow Drive; Stagecoach Park, 3420 Camino de los Coches; Fire Station 2, 1275 Carlsbad Village Drive and Poinsettia Park, 6600 Hidden Valley Road, Carlsbad.

Del Mar: Tree pick-up will be from Dec. 26 through Jan. 10 with tree drop-off at the Public Works yard, 2240 Jimmy Durante Blvd. through Jan. 10.

Solana Beach: Tree pick-up will begin Dec. 26 through Jan. 10 with tree drop locations at 715 Valley Ave., and 635 S. Highway 101.

For EDCO waste disposal, in Encinitas and Olivenhain, those living in single-family residences may place their tree curbside on your regular collection day from Dec. 26 through Jan. 9.

To prepare your Christmas tree for recycling — including flocked trees — simply remove all ornaments, tinsel and the tree stand. Cut the tree in half if taller than 4-feet and place at the curb. Tree segments can also be placed in your green-waste container or bundle branches together with twine for collection (bundle should not exceed 4-feet-by-18-inches). You can also recycle other organic decorations, such as garland and wreathes, as well as wood (no pressure-treated or lead-base painted wood), in your designated green-waste container. When placing trees for curbside collection, customers should follow these guidelines:

— Remove all decorations, including tinsel, lights, ornaments and tree stands.

— Trees taller than six feet must be cut in half and placed next to your green waste cart.

— When possible, residents are asked to cut up the tree so that it fits inside the green waste cart, with the lid closed for collection.

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For both companies and all cities, the weeks of Dec. 22 and Dec. 29 collection will be delayed one day for customers normally serviced on Thursday or Friday.