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San Francisco To Launch Christmas Tree-Chipping Season

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Christmas Tree Woodchipper

San Francisco’s annual Christmas tree recycling program got an official launch in Civic Center Plaza Tuesday. (CBS)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — It might seem a little too soon to some – and maybe not soon enough to others — but San Francisco will start turning Christmas trees into woodchips the first week in January.

The post-Christmas tree collection period will see its official launch on Tuesday, when officials will gather in front of City Hall for the 25th annual ceremonial chipping of Christmas trees in a giant wood chipper.

Curbside tree collection will begin in earnest the following week. Clean trees can be placed at the curb next to trash bins before 6 a.m. on regularly scheduled garbage pickup days from Jan. 3-7 and again from Jan. 9-13.

Trees should be stripped of all tinsel, decorations, plastic bags, stands, fake snow and lights. Trees over 6 feet tall should be cut in half.

The trees will be chipped at the Recology transfer station and recycling center at 501 Tunnel Ave., and then transferred to Tracy for use as fuel in a waste-to-energy facility.

For more information call Recology at (415) 330-1300 or (415) 626-4000.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed)

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