When you recycle the Christmas tree

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Let’s face it: Few sights are sadder than a Christmas tree out by the trash. But come next week, it’ll be time to recycle the the tree.

After the holidays, Paramount residents who have Christmas trees can place them out at curbside for pick-up. The trees will be recycled into mulch.

CalMet, the City’s refuse hauler, will gather the trees at no charge after Christmas from Dec. 27, 2021 through Jan. 14, 2022 for single-family residential accounts. Remove the stand and all the decorations, lights, and tinsel, and do not wrap the tree or enclose it in a plastic bag. If the tree is four-feet-tall or less, you can put it in your green waste recycling barrel. For anything larger, just set it curbside on your normal garbage collection day by 6 a.m. Flocked trees will also be picked up.

After Jan. 14, , your tree can still be taken away by scheduling a bulky item pick-up.

For apartments or condominiums, have trees on the curb by 6 a.m., during the stated dates will be taken away for free on regular pick-up days. If it’s necessary to drive onto the property there will be a $5 charge per tree and it must be ordered 24 hours before the regular pick-up day by the manager or owner who must have the account number for verification.

Also, commercial customers must call CalMet before placing a tree out for collection so a green waste truck can visit their location.

For more information, call CalMet (562) 259-1239.