Every year, Fremont residents buy thousands of Christmas trees that will end up in landfills if they are not properly composted. Fremont residents can reduce the environmental impact of the holiday season by planting a live tree or using a reusable tree. Christmas trees are only compostable if they are free of all decorations, tinsel, nails, and tree stands (including the wooden kind, nailed to the bottom of the trunk). Any tree that is flocked with artificial snow contains fire retardant and cannot be composted. Trees that have decorations or tinsel cannot be composted and will be disposed of in the landfill.
There are different ways you can compost your holiday tree in Fremont:
- Gutter (Single-family homes only)
- Green Organics Cart
- Drop off at Republic Services Customer Service Center
- Boy Scouts of America Pickup Service
- Garbage Cart (Please use this only as the last option. Compost your tree first, if possible.)
Detailed Christmas tree composting information is available from our Environmental Services division.