City of Modesto crews begin collecting real green, untreated Christmas trees in January as part of the normal green waste collection. Collected trees are recycled at the City’s compost facility.
Please follow these simple steps to ensure proper disposal of Christmas trees. The same guidelines apply as the Green Waste collected from the street or alley for your area. If you do not know which area you are in or when to place out Green Waste, please contact the City of Modesto Green Waste Office.
Note: Untreated trees may also be cut in pieces to fit in your organic recycling can.
Trees with flocking, paint or fireproofing cannot be composted and will not be collected by City crews. Flocked, painted or fireproofed trees may be cut up and placed in your black garbage can or taken to the nearest garbage company transfer station.
Transfer stations can be found at the following locations:
Contact your garbage company to schedule a bulky item collection appointment. Place the tree out in the street after 6:00 PM the night before your appointment.
For more information on holiday tree collection or the green waste program, contact the Green Waste Division.