Christmas tree recycling begins

Christmas tree recycling begins

Scripps Ranch residents may drop off their natural Christmas trees this season at a collection point for recycling at Scripps Ranch Community Park, 11454 Blue Cypress Drive. The drop off area is on the right side, not far from the park entrance.

Scripps Ranch resident Scott Ashdown dropped off his family’s tree at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 26. He said his family traditionally buys and decorates a natural tree each Christmas. This year they took down their tree Christmas night.

“I have a wife who is going out-of-town, so we had to do it (drop off) today,” he explained.

After placing his tree at the site, Ashdown expressed disappointment that he spotted man-made debris left behind on some of the eight trees already left at the site. The man-made trash is not allowed, so Ashdown took it upon himself to gather up the trash and dispose of it in a nearby receptacle at the park. He found a shiny metal garland on the ground, a ribbon, a small plastic bucket and a few other items.

Each year, the City of San Diego Environmental Services Department hosts its Annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program beginning the day after Christmas until Jan. 23.

Both green and flocked trees are accepted. All tree stands, bags, netting, lights, ornaments, tinsel and other tree decorations must be removed. No artificial trees are allowed.

Not ready to stop celebrating Christmas? Stay in the Christmas spirit for a few more days. Send your holiday photos to Scripps Ranch News and they will be posted in a special holiday feature. Send pictures of kids with Santa, Christmas morning, your decorated home, holiday dinners, your holiday lights, etc. Please include your name, the name of the photographer and a short description. Send to

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