Christmas Tree Recycling Guide 2023

Convenient Christmas tree recycling drop-off and curbside locations are offered throughout the region.

The holiday season is here! Convenient Christmas tree recycling curbside and drop-off locations are offered throughout the region and are a great way to help divert your Christmas tree from the landfill following the holiday festivities.

Why Recycle Your Christmas Tree?
When organic materials like Christmas trees, food, and other yard clippings are sent to the landfill, they release methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times as potent as carbon dioxide in warming the atmosphere. Proper disposal prevents needless organic material from occupying space in our crowded San Diego landfills. Recycled Christmas trees are made into mulch, which is then used to improve soil health at public parks, local farms, and homes.

Where to Recycle Your Christmas Tree?


Drop-off Locations

Still not sure where to take your Christmas tree for recycling after reviewing this list? Call I Love a Clean San Diego’s hotline for help from a live attendant Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Incorporated County Residents, please call 1-800-237-BLUE

Unincorporated County Residents, please call 1-877-R-1-EARTH


Recycling Motor Oil & Filters

Need some guidance and how and where to dispose of motor oil? Read more about how to responsibly recycle motor oil in San Diego

Did you know the used oil from one oil change can contaminate one million gallons of fresh water if not properly recycled? Do your part for your community and recycle your used oil and oil filter together!

Used Motor oil is insoluble, persistent, and can contain heavy metals and toxic chemicals such as benzene, lead, zinc, and cadmium. Motor oil that is illegally dumped, thrown in the trash, or poured into storm drains pollute the soil and water. The good news? Used motor oil can be recycled, cleaned and used again, ensuring that it doesn’t contaminate local waterways and pollute our environment. Used oil filters also contain  scrap metal that can be recycled into new, valuable products.

Where can I recycle motor oil and oil filters?

There are more than 200 certified collection centers in San Diego County that accept used motor oil and oil filters from the public for recycling year-round. Many auto parts store will accept motor oil and oil filters for free, but we recommend calling the store to ensure hours of operation and limitations. For certified collection facilities near you visit

How to prepare your oil filter for recycling:

  1. Turn the filter upside down allowing it to drain completely into your container for used oil recycling.
  2. Allow the filter to drain for about 24 hours to remove all the oil before placing in a plastic bag.

What if the motor oil is mixed with another liquid?

Remember to never mix motor oil with other liquids when changing the oil from your car. Motor oil is that is mixed with water or other liquids such as antifreeze, solvents, or gasoline is not accepted at certified collection facilities and should be taken to your local household hazardous waste collection facility.

Are the motor oil containers recyclable?

Yes, empty motor oil containers can be recycled in your recycling bin. Ensure that containers are completely empty (leave upside down for 24 hours) before recycling and remember to leave the caps on!.

How often do you change your motor oil?

Don’t go by the sticker on the windshield or by what your service center suggests! Chances are good you don’t need an oil change as often as you think.  Less frequent oil changes means more money in your wallet. Some new vehicles can go as long as 15,000 miles before needing an oil change, usually with synthetic oil. Synthetic oil may cost a bit more up front, but it can save you money in the long-run.
Find the recommendation for your vehicle HERE – all you need is the year, make and model.


¿Sabía que el aceite usado de un cambio de aceite puede contaminar un millón de galones de agua dulce si no se recicla adecuadamente? Ponga su granito de arena por su comunidad y recicle juntos el aceite usado y el filtro de aceite.

El aceite de motor usado es insoluble, persistente y puede contener metales pesados y sustancias químicas tóxicas como el benceno, el plomo, el zinc y el cadmio. El aceite de motor que se vierte ilegalmente, se tira a la basura o se vierte en los desagües pluviales contamina el suelo y el agua. ¿La buena noticia? El aceite de motor usado puede reciclarse, limpiarse y volver a utilizarse, lo que garantiza que no contamine las vías fluviales locales ni el medio ambiente. Los filtros de aceite usados también contienen chatarra que puede ser reciclada en nuevos y valiosos productos.

¿Dónde puedo reciclar el aceite de motor y los filtros de aceite?

Hay más de 200 centros de recolección certificados en el Condado de San Diego que aceptan aceite de motor y filtros de aceite usados del público para su reciclaje durante todo el año. Muchas tiendas de recambios de automóviles aceptan gratuitamente aceite de motor y filtros de aceite, pero le recomendamos que llame a la tienda para asegurarse de los horarios de apertura y las limitaciones. Para conocer las instalaciones de recolección certificadas más cercanas a usted, visite

Cómo preparar su filtro de aceite para el reciclaje:

  1. Ponga el filtro boca abajo permitiendo que se vacíe completamente en su contenedor para el reciclaje de aceite usado.
  2. Deje que el filtro drene durante unas 24 horas para eliminar todo el aceite antes de colocarlo en una bolsa de plástico.

¿Qué ocurre si el aceite de motor está mezclado con otro líquido?

Recuerde que nunca debe mezclar el aceite de motor con otros líquidos cuando cambie el aceite de su vehículo. El aceite de motor que esté mezclado con agua u otros líquidos como anticongelante, disolventes o gasolina no se acepta en las instalaciones de recolección certificadas y debe llevarse a su instalación local de recolección de residuos peligrosos del hogar.

¿Son reciclables los envases de aceite de motor?

Sí, los envases de aceite de motor vacíos pueden reciclarse en su contenedor de reciclaje. ¡Asegúrese de que los envases estén completamente vacíos (déjelos boca abajo durante 24 horas) antes de reciclarlos y recuerde dejar los tapones puestos!

¿Cada cuánto tiempo cambia el aceite de su motor?

¡No se guíe por la pegatina del parabrisas o por lo que le sugiera su centro de servicio! Lo más probable es que no necesite un cambio de aceite tan a menudo como cree.  Un cambio de aceite menos frecuente significa más dinero en su cartera. Algunos vehículos nuevos pueden recorrer hasta 15,000 millas antes de necesitar un cambio de aceite, normalmente con aceite sintético. El aceite sintético puede costar un poco más por adelantado, pero puede ahorrarle dinero a largo plazo.
Encuentre la recomendación para su vehículo AQUÍ – lo único que necesita es el año, la marca y el modelo.


Alam mo bang ang gamit nang oil mula sa isang pagpapalit ng oil ay maaaring magkontamina ng isang milyong galon ng sariwang tubig kung hindi ire-recycle nang maayos? Gampanan ang tungkulin mo para sa iyong komunidad at i-recycle pareho ang iyong gamit nang oil at oil filter!

Ang gamit nang motor oil ay hindi natutunaw, hindi nawawala, at maaaring maglaman ng mga heavy metal at nakakalasong kemikal tulad ng benzene, lead, zinc, at cadmium. Ang motor oil na ilegal na itinatapon, inilalagay sa basurahan, o ibinubuhos sa mga kanal ay nagdudulot ng polusyon sa lupa at tubig. Ang magandang balita? Maaaring i-recycle, linisin, at gamitin ulit ang motor oil, na nakakatulong sa pagtiyak na hindi nito makokontamina ang mga lokal na katubigan at hindi ito magdudulot ng polusyon sa ating kapaligiran. Ang mga gamit nang oil filter ay naglalaman din ng scrap metal na maaaring i-recycle sa panibagong produktong mapapakinabangan.

Saan ko maaaring i-recycle ang motor oil at mga oil filter?

Mayroong mahigit 200 sertipikadong sentro ng pangongolekta sa County ng San Diego na tumatanggap ng gamit nang motor oil at mga oil filter mula sa publiko na ire-recycle sa buong taon. Maraming tindahan ng mga piyesa ng sasakyan ang tatanggap ng motor oil at mga oil filter nang libre, pero inirerekomenda naming tawagan ang tindahan para matiyak ang mga oras ng operasyon at mga limitasyon. Para sa mga sertipikadong pasilidad sa pangongolekta na malapit sa iyo, bumisita sa

Paano ihanda ang iyong oil filter para sa pagre-recycle:

1. Itaob ang filter para maisalin ang lahat ng oil sa iyong lalagyan para sa pagre-recycle ng gamit nang oil.
2. Hayaang maalis ang laman ng filter nang humigit-kumulang 24 na oras para matanggal ang lahat ng oil bago ilagay sa isang plastic bag.

Paano kung naihalo ang motor oil sa ibang likido?

Tandaang huwag na huwag ihahalo ang motor oil sa iba pang likido kapag pinapalitan ang oil mula sa iyong kotse. Ang motor oil na naihalo sa tubig o iba pang likido tulad ng antifreeze, mga solvent, o gasolina ay hindi tinatanggap sa mga sertipikadong pasilidad sa pangongolekta at dapat itong dalhin sa iyong lokal na pasilidad sa pangongolekta ng mapanganib na basura mula sa sambahayan.

Maaari bang i-recycle ang mga lalagyan ng motor oil?

Oo, maaaring i-recycle sa iyong recycle bin ang mga walang lamang lalagyan ng motor oil. Tiyaking wala talagang laman ang mga lalagyan (hayaang nakataob nang 24 na oras) bago i-recycle at tandaang ilagay ang takip!

Gaano kadalas kang nagpapalit ng iyong motor oil?

Huwag lang basta sundin ang sticker sa windshield o sa iminumungkahi ng iyong service center! Malaki ang tsansang hindi mo kailangang magpalit ng oil nang madalas kaysa sa naiisip mo. Mas makakatipid ka kung hindi ka gaano kadalas magpalit ng oil. Nakakatakbo nang hanggang 15,000 milya ang ilang bagong sasakyan bago kailangang magpalit ng oil, ganito ang kadalasang sitwasyon para sa gumagamit ng synthetic oil. Mas mahal ang synthetic oil, pero makakatipid ka sa kalaunan.

Hanapin ang rekomendasyon para sa iyong sasakyan DITO – ang kailangan mo lang ay ang taon, manufacturer, at modelo.



Keep America Beautiful: Play the Super Sorter Game!

A materials recovery facility (MRF) is where recyclables are sorted. Sort items as they come on the conveyor belt & keep them from the trash

A materials recovery facility, or MRF, is where mixed recyclables are sorted. Your goal is to sort all of the materials in the queue as they progress down the conveyor belt and send the recyclables on their way to becoming something new and valuable.