More than 65 tons – or about 130,000 pounds – of used holiday trees were collected between Dec. 29 and Jan. 23 across Santa Monica.
The City said it would like to thank all residents that participated in the new program and remind everyone that the new “Curb Your Tree” program is here to stay.
Through this new program, residents were able to simply place their tree at the curb instead of hauling it to a local park.
City staff requested all trees put out for composting be free of decorations, lights, artificial snow and ornaments, as non-organic materials are not compostable.
Following the first wave of collections, Santa Monica’s Resource Recovery & Recycling Division hosted a compost giveaway day that drew more than 100 residents despite less than ideal weather conditions.
Composting and mulching are the greenest ways to both reduce waste and create useful fertilizer for your yard. The resulting mulch and compost can help alleviate soil compaction caused by foot traffic, reduce soil erosion and provide nutrients.
Next year, look for more information on how to properly dispose of your holiday tree and remember to place it out in your alley or at the curb for your friendly City crews to collect.