The city of Malibu will continue its annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program Wednesday through Jan. 13.
"The City of Malibu is committed to reducing waste through sustainable practices not just on holidays, but every day of the year," Malibu Mayor Lou La Monte said. "As one of the few municipalities still providing drop-off collection services, we encourage all residents to take advantage of our recycling program and turn their Christmas trees into environmentally beneficial mulch."
The city, which has been recylcing Christmas trees for 20 years, will offer two central locations for Christmas tree collection and recycling: 29136 Pacific Coast Highway (near Heathercliff Road) and 24250 Pacific Coast Highway (the eastside cul-de-sac at Malibu Bluffs Park).
Residents can drop off clean trees, including those that are flocked and fire-retardant, at either of those two locations, according to Rebecca Nelson, senior office assistant.
Before placing trees into the collection bins, all tree stands, lights, ornaments and other tree decorations must be removed to prevent load contamination, which causes the entire bin to be rejected as waste, and not recycled.
Residents can also recycle trees through their regular curbside green waste collection. Trees must be cut to fit into their green waste cart and all non-organic materials, such as stands, tinsel, ornaments and lights, must be removed before placing trees in the cart. Haulers should be contacted directly for any special services requests.
The Christmas Tree Recycling Program is part of a green waste recovery program sponsored by Los Angeles County.