Modesto City Crew to Collect Christmas Trees for Recycling

City of Modesto pruned refuse crews will begin picking up untreated green Christmas trees in January 2013 as part of the normal collection. Please follow pruned refuse collection guidelines for your area. If you do not know which area you are in, please contact the City of Modesto Green Waste Office at (209) 577-5463.

Follow these simple steps to ensure proper disposal of your Christmas trees:

Disposal of Untreated Green Trees:

• Remove ALL items from the tree: lights, wires, ornaments, tinsel, topper, tree stand, etc. Trees will not be picked up if these items have not been removed.

• If tree is more than six (6) feet tall, cut so that no piece is more than 6 feet in length. *Maximum length for any one piece is 6 feet.

• Place trees curbside to be collected with your regular yard trimmings OR cut up small enough to place in your green waste can with the lid closed.

• Crews will not collect trees wrapped in plastic bags, tarps, or any other material.

Disposal of Trees Treated With Flocking, Paint or Fireproofing:

Trees with flocking, paint, or fireproofing cannot be com­posted and will not be collected. These trees may be cut up and placed in your black garbage can or taken to a garbage transfer station. The lid on the black can must be closed in order for it to be serviced. Transfer stations can be found at the following locations:

Bertolotti Disposal 231 Flamingo Drive, Modesto (209) 537-8000

Gilton Solid Waste 800 S. McClure Road, Modesto (209) 527-3781

For more information on Christmas tree collection or the City’s pruned refuse/green waste program, visit or contact the Green Waste Office at (209) 577-5463.