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Sonoma County Waste Management Agency

Tree Recycling

Christmas trees are recycled into mulch and compost.
Holiday tree Compost and mulch made from Christmas trees is highly prized for its acidic qualities. Please take advantage of one of the four convenient recycling methods available to you.

Remember that in order for your tree to be recycled, it must be free of lights, decoration, tinsel and stand (metal or wood). Flocked trees will not be accepted.

Residents have four options for recycling their Christmas tree this year:

1. Cut the tree to fit in your yard waste container or have your whole tree picked up at the curb (select areas)

Put your tree in your yard waste container and place at the curb on your regular yard waste collection day. The tree MUST be CUT TO FIT inside the container (4 foot or less sections, please). Trees sticking out of the container can interfere with the lifting arm on the truck. Thank you for your help.

Cloverdale, Cotati, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Windsor and unincorporated Sonoma County have whole tree collection.  Place your unflocked tree beside your yard waste container on your regular collection day the dates of:

Cloverdale January 4, 2016 – January 8, 2016
Cotati January 11, 2016 – January 15, 2016
Healdsburg December 28, 2015 – January 8, 2016
Petaluma December 28, 2015 – January 2, 2016
Rohnert Park January 11, 2016 – January 22, 2016
Santa Rosa January 4, 2016 – January 15, 2016
Windsor December 28, 2015 – January 2, 2016
Unincorporated Please visit www.unicycler.com after December 15, 2015 for updated information.

Outside of listed days, place tree in yard waste container; cut the tree to fit. Please do not bag your tree.

2. Call (707) 565-3333 for an appointment to have a non-profit in your area pickup your tree.

Call before Friday, January 8, 2016 to arrange for pickup. The suggested donation for this service is $7 for trees less than 6 feet and $10 for larger trees.

3. Special whole tree collection for Rohnert Park multifamily complexes

Managers of multifamily complexes in Rohnert Park can arrange to have their tenant’s trees picked up by special arrangement. Contact Latisha Richardson at Rohnert Park Disposal at (707) 586-2283 or email latisha@unicycler.com.

4. Free drop-off locations throughout the county.

Residents may take up to two trees to any of the following drop-off locations at no charge.

Holiday Tree Drop Off Locations

Community Location Date/Time
Cloverdale Cloverdale Citrus Fair,
Washington Street entrance
Daily 8-4, December 26, 2015 to January 15, 2016
Cotati Cotati Fire Station,
1 East Cotati Avenue
Daily 8-4, December 26, 2015 to January 15, 2016
Healdsburg Healdsburg Corporation Yard
550 Westside Road
Daily 8-5, December 26, 2015 to January 15, 2016
Petaluma Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds
175 Fairgrounds Drive
Daily 8-5, December 26, 2015 to January 15, 2016
Rohnert Park Rohnert Park Community Center
5401 Snyder Dr
Daily 9-4, December 26, 2015 to January 15, 2016
Santa Rosa Sonoma County Fairgrounds
1350 Bennett Valley Road (enter at the Jockey Club)
Daily 8-4, December 26, 2015 to January 8, 2016
Sebastopol Sebastopol Corporation Yard
714 Johnson Street
Daily 8-4, December 26, 2015 to January 15, 2016
Windsor Windsor Corporation Yard
8400 Windsor Road
Daily 8-5, December 26, 2015 to February 1, 2016
Unincorporated area Annapolis Transfer Station
33549 Annapolis Road
W-Sa 8-4, December 26, 2015 to January 15, 2016
  Guerneville Transfer Station
13450 Pocket Road/Highway 116
M-Tu 8-4, Th-Sa 8-4, December 26, 2015 to January 15, 2016
  Healdsburg Transfer Station
166 Alexander Valley Road
M-Sa 8-4, December 26, 2015 to January 15, 2016
  Central Disposal Site
500 Mecham Road
M-Sa 7-3, December 26, 2015 to January 15, 2016
  Sonoma Transfer Station
4376 Stage Gulch Road
M-Sa 7-3, December 26, 2015 to January 15, 2016

Please note that businesses engaged in selling or hauling Christmas trees who need to dispose of unsold trees will be charged the standard yard debris rate, $77.10/ton at all County Refuse Disposal Sites.  

Sonoma County Waste Management Agency ● 2300 County Center Drive, Suite B-100 ● Santa Rosa, CA 95403