Christmas Tree Recycling

It’s here once again!  The gifts have been opened, the food has been eaten and, the lights will soon come down the Christmas tree.  What can you do with that dried up old tree?  Recycle it!!   It’s as easy as 1•2•3.


Kern County residents are urged to recycle their Christmas trees in one of the following options:

  1. In the metro-Bakersfield area, residents can place Christmas trees into their GREEN WASTE CONTAINER as long as the tree is cut into small pieces and the container lid is completely closed. Whole trees are not accepted. The garbage hauler will take it to the Mount Vernon Green Waste Recycling Facility. It’s that simple.
  2. Contact one of the non-profit organizations in Kern County that pick up Christmas trees for a small donation. Check your local newspaper for contact information or go to
  3. Residents can self-haul whole Christmas trees to one of 22 drop-off locations throughout Kern County (see attached list) from December 26, 2014 to January 11, 2015.


If you prefer to take your Christmas trees to one of the drop-off locations, please tarp and secure your load properly. Don’t forget to remove all ornaments, lights, and the tree stand prior to recycling the Christmas tree.

2014 Christmas Tree Press Release & Recycling Locations