It's barely five days after Christmas, and I've already seen a few naked, used trees abandoned on San Francisco sidewalks. There's no need to rush, though, because Christmas trees will be picked up for recycling from January 2 through January 11.
Recology will collect unflocked trees on curbsides on its regular garbage collection days. The stand and any decorations, tinsel and lights should be removed from the tree, and if it's taller than 6 feet, it should be cut in half. Do not put it in a garbage bag. Leave the bare tree next to your trash and recycling bins for pick up.
The Christmas trees will be hacked and chipped at Recology's recycling center; the wood chips will be converted to boiler fuel for generators. Unlike other plant matter, Christmas trees are too acidic to be composted, according to Recology.
Trash collection for the coming week: Recology will do its regularly scheduled trash collection on Monday, December 31, and will do no collection on Tuesday, January 1. Starting on Wednesday, for the rest of the week, collection will be done the day after the usually scheduled day (e.g., trash normally picked up on Tuesday will be collected on Wednesday; trash normally on Friday will be collected on Saturday).