Christmas tree disposal options available throughout San Ramon Valley

Boy Scouts offer tree recycling for fundraiser this weekend in San Ramon

As the holiday season comes to an end, many residents will have begun taking down their decorations and preparing themselves to greet the new year on a positive note. But for many one question will remain: What to do with the Christmas tree?

Residents living in the San Ramon Valley will have a variety of options to choose from, as municipalities throughout the area have established methods for easy and environmentally friendly disposal.

In order to be recycled, all options require trees be cleaned by their owners, specifically meaning that all tinsel and other decorations have been removed and disposed of. Flocked trees or trees in stands will not be accepted in San Ramon.

On Saturday, San Ramon residents are invited to participate in the annual Boy Scouts Troop 834 tree recycling fundraiser. For $10 -- or a larger donation should one feel so inclined -- Scouts will come around and pick up unwanted trees for use as composting in the community.

Participants will need to be sure to leave their tree on their curb at 8 a.m. Saturday, and leave their payment under their doormat, payable to BSA Troop 834. Interested residents can sign up via the troop's website or by emailing

As an alternative San Ramon’s current waste provider, Waste Management, will be offering a special tree pickup day starting Monday. Residents can leave their trees out for pickup on their regularly scheduled time from Jan. 7-11 and crews will properly dispose of them. Be aware however that trees over 6 feet tall will not be accepted, so residents with taller ones will need to cut them down to size.

Residents in the cities and unincorporated areas of Danville, Alamo, Diablo and Blackhawk, missed the first opportunity to have their trees removed by Republic Services -- Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority’s provider-- but will have a second opportunity in a couple of weeks.

The week of Jan. 14 residents in those areas can leave their trees on the curb on their regular pickup day to be disposed of by crews. Trees can be 8 feet tall before residents will need to cut them down.

Flocked trees can be collected for a fee or can be included in the once-a-year on-call garbage cleanup, but must be scheduled in advance by calling 685-4711.

Residents unable to make one of the aforementioned tree pickup opportunities can always dispose of their trees as yard waste in their green waste cart. They need be sure the tree is chopped up enough and compacted so the lid of the cart can close and garbage crews will pick up the waste on their regularly scheduled days.

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