Los Angeles officials Tuesday announced the start of the city’s Christmas tree recycling program that annually recycles up to 100,000 trees.

Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez, Board of Public Works Commissioner Aura Garcia, LA Sanitation and Environment Director and General Manager Enrique C. Zaldivar and Los Angeles Fire Capt. Cody Weireter were at the East Valley Sanitation District Yard in Sun Valley to discuss and demonstrate how to properly recycle Christmas trees and provide fire safety tips.

The recycled trees are saved from ending up in a landfill and are turned into mulch and compost to be used by residents and city staff.

There are several options for Los Angeles residents to properly dispose of Christmas trees, including using their green bin, curbside or dropping off, officials said.

To use a green bin for Christmas tree recycling, residents need to remove the decorations and stand and, if needed, cut the tree into pieces.

Residents unable to cut and place their tree in their green bin may leave it at the curb on their weekly collection day.

Drop-off locations and other information on the program can be found at www.lacitysan.org.

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