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See details on how to discard your tree

Berkeley, California (Tuesday, December 18, 2018) - There will be no refuse, recycling or compost collection on Christmas Day or New Year's Day.

Following both holidays, commercial and residential collection will be one day behind schedule for the remainder of the week for both December 26-29 and January 2-5.

For example, if Tuesday is your regular collection day, your holiday collection will occur on Wednesday. Friday pickups will be collected on Saturday.

Please place your carts curbside by 7a.m. Please be advised that collection may occur later in the day than usual. If your collection is more than one day behind schedule, please report a missed pickup by calling 311 (or 510-981-7270).

Holiday Tree - Curbside Collection:

Holiday trees should be cut to fit into your green, plant debris cart with the lid closed on your normal collection day from December 26, 2018 through January 31, 2019. 

  • Before placing your tree in the plant debris cart, please remove all lights, decorations, tinsel, plastic bags and plastic tree stands.
  • Some trees are not compostable because they have been "flocked" - covered with chemicals to appear like snow. Please avoid flocking. Those trees that have been flocked should be cut to fit into your refuse cart with the lid closed.

Tree Drop-Off:

You may also drop your holiday tree off at the City's Transfer Station at no charge during the month of January. The Transfer Station is located at 1201 2nd Street (off Gilman Avenue), and is open Monday - Saturday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Starting February 1, 2019, you may dispose of your holiday tree at the Transfer Station for the minimum compost fee of $23. Flocked trees will be charged the minimum trash fee of $29.


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