It’s the most wonderful time for local waste companies in the Coachella Valley, but its also the busiest. Waste trucks are working overtime to make sure all of the extra trash from the Holidays is picked up in a timely manner. They’re also able to pick up Christmas trees and recycle them for free.

Companies like Riverside County Waste Management, as well as Palm Springs Disposal Services and Desert Valley Disposal all have a Christmas tree recycle program. The program runs for December 26th through January 7th. You can either cut your real Christmas trees into four feet sections and place them inside your trash bins along the curb for pick-up, or you can drop off the trees at select disposal site around Riverside County. The trees will be shredded up and turned into mulch.

If you wish to recycle the trees there are a few rules:

Only recycle real Christmas trees. Artificial and fake ones cannot be recycled.

Make sure to take off any lights, ornaments and tinsel.

Double-check to see if your tree is flocked. If it is, it cannot be recycled unless the flocking is organic.

Riverside County landfills will accept up to three Christmas trees from Riverside County residents, December 26, 2023 through January 7, 2024. Green waste rates will apply to commercial, out-of-county, or loads of more than three trees. 

For a list of locations and hours for drop off see below:

Site Name                 Address Operating Hours*
Badlands 31125 Ironwood AvenueMoreno Valley, CA 92555           6:00 am to 4:30 pmMonday through SaturdaySee flyer for closure dates
Blythe 1000 Midland RoadBlythe, CA 92225 8:00 am to 4:00 pmMonday through Friday andthe first Saturday of the monthSee flyer for closure dates
Desert Center 17-991 Kaiser RoadDesert Center, CA 92239 8:00 am to 4:30 pmThe first Thursdays in February and AugustSee flyer for closure dates
Lamb Canyon 16411 Lamb Canyon RoadBeaumont, CA 92223 6:00 am to 4:30 pmMonday through SaturdaySee flyer for closure dates
Oasis 84-505 84th AvenueOasis, CA 92274 8:00 am to 4:30 pmWednesdaySee flyer for closure dates



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