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Give your holiday tree the proper send-off and recycle it into a new life as beneficial mulch or compost – for free! 


  • ​Trees must have all tinsel, lights, decorations, nails and stands removed. 
  • Flocked trees are not accepted for recycling.
  • Please ensure transported holiday trees are properly secured during transport.

Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023, Free Mulching Event

Residents can bring holiday trees to be mulched for free:


Saturday, Jan. 7 and Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023

Residents can recycle holiday trees for free at:

  • Kiefer Landfill* ​
    • 12701 Kiefer Blvd. (Jackson Hwy, north on Grant Line Road, right on Kiefer Blvd) 
    • 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • North Area Recovery Station* ​
    • ​4450 Roseville Rd. (Hwy 80, north on Watt Ave., left on Roseville Road) 
    • 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

*Loads in excess of five trees must be issued a voucher for the trees to be accepted at no charge. Nonprofit civic groups and community organizations can obtain vouchers by submitting the Annual Holiday Tree Recycling Program Applic​ation Form. For more information, email


Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023

Residents can also recycle holiday trees for free at: 

  • ​Elder Creek Recovery and Transfer Station
    • ​8642 Elder Creek Rd (Jackson Hwy, south on Florin Perkins Rd., left on Elder Creek Rd.) 
    • 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • ​Sacramento Recycling & Transfer Station
    • ​8491 Fruitridge Rd (Jackson Hwy, south on Florin Perkins Rd., right on Fruitridge Rd.) 
    • 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
      • Also accepting trees Dec. 26 – Jan. 7, Monday – Saturday | 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • ​Folsom – Dan Russell Rodeo Arena Rodeo Park
    • ​Located at the end of Stafford St., next to the arena
    • 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.


County residents with the Department of Waste Management & Recycling curbside collection service can also recycle their live holiday tree (all tinsel, lights, decorations, nails and stands removed) by cutting it up and putting it in the curbside Organics cart. Please make sure the lid will close. The cart will be emptied on your regular Organics collection day. 

Flocked trees can be cut up and placed in the curbside Garbage cart​ for collection — ensure the lid will close. 

Officials urge residents not to put holiday trees on curbs or roadsides.

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