Christmas Tree Collection

City of Modesto crews begin collecting green, untreated Christmas trees in January as part of the normal green waste collection. Untreated green trees may also be cut up and placed in your green yard waste can for pick up with your normal weekly collection. Collected trees are recycled at the City’s compost facility.

Tree Disposal


Please follow these simple steps to ensure proper disposal of Christmas trees.

Untreated Green Christmas Trees


  • Remove all tree stands, rods and tinsel. Trees cannot be picked up by City crews if these items have not been removed.
  • Cut trees in half if they are more than 6 feet tall.
  • Place trees curbside to be collected with your regular green waste or in your green waste can.

Trees Treated With Flocking, Paint or Fireproofing


Trees with flocking, paint or fireproofing cannot be composted and will not be collected by City crews. Flocked, painted or fireproofed trees may be cut up and placed in your black garbage can or taken to the nearest garbage company transfer station. Transfer stations can be found at the following locations:
  • Gilton Solid Waste
    800 S McClure Road
    Modesto, CA 95357
    Phone: 209-527-3781
  • Bertolotti Disposal
    231 Flamingo Road
    Modesto, CA 95358
    Phone: 209-537-8000
For more information on holiday tree collection or the green waste program, contact the Green Waste Division at 209-577-5463.