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How to recycle your Christmas tree in SLO County

A San Luis Garbage truck drops off a load at Cold Canyon Landfill on Highway 227.
A San Luis Garbage truck drops off a load at Cold Canyon Landfill on Highway 227. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

With the holidays winding down, it’s time to start thinking about recycling that Christmas tree. There are several options, says San Luis Obispo County's Integrated Waste Management Authority.

The easiest may be to dispose of the tree in your green waste container on your regular collection day. Trees must be cut into 4-foot or smaller lengths and any tinsel and stand removed. No tree parts greater than 6 inches in diameter can be recycled, and flocked trees can’t be recycled.

The city of Paso Robles also is accepting bare Christmas trees through Jan. 10 at a city lot on the corner of Fourth and Pine streets, with drop-off between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. The city will grind the trees into mulch, which will be available for free to residents from Jan. 7 to 17. Pick up the mulch at the city lot during the hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There also are three landfills that will take trees for recycling, although a fee is charged. Those are: Cold Canyon Landfill, about six miles south of San Luis Obispo on Highway 227, open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily; Chicago Grade Landfill, four miles northeast of Atascadero off Highway 41, open weekdays 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekends; and Paso Robles Landfill about 8.5 miles east of Paso Robles off Highway 46 East, open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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