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Posted on: December 15, 2021

Christmas Tree Composting

Christmas Tree

Every year, Fremont residents buy thousands of Christmas trees that end up in landfills if they are not properly composted. You can reduce the environmental impact of the holiday season by planting a live tree or decorating with a reusable tree. Christmas trees are only compostable if they are free of all decorations, tinsel, nails, and tree stands (including wooden stands nailed to the bottom of the trunk). Any tree that is flocked with artificial snow contains fire retardant and cannot be composted. Additionally, trees that have decorations or tinsel cannot be composted and will be disposed of in the landfill. There are several different ways you can dispose of your holiday tree in Fremont:

Gutter (Single-family homes only)

  • Curbside tree collection dates are Monday, January 3, 2022, through Friday, January 14, 2022.
  • If your tree is less than 6 feet in length, place the whole tree in the gutter on your collection day.
  • If your tree is over 6 feet in length, cut the tree in half and place both halves in the gutter on your collection day.
  • Make sure your tree is in the gutter, not on the sidewalk.
  • Check that your tree is free of all decorations when placed in the gutter; this helps keep our storm drains litter-free.

Green Organics Cart

  • Cut compostable tree so that pieces fit loosely in your green organics cart with the lid closed.
  • Place the cart at the curb on your scheduled collection day.

Garbage Cart

(Please use this as your last option; compost your tree first, if possible.)

  • If the tree contains flocking or decorations, cut it up so pieces fit loosely in your black garbage cart with the lid closed.
  • Place the black garbage cart at the curb on your scheduled collection day.

If you live in a multifamily complex, please contact your property manager to learn how your tree can be properly composted.

For more information, contact the City’s Environmental Services Division at 510-494-4570 or email.

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