Waste Management Extends Xmas Tree Collection In Manhattan Beach

Liz Spear

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — Staffing shortages due to COVID-19 and state and local regulatory orders and requirements have caused Waste Management to extend Christmas tree collection through Friday, Jan. 22, according to a news release. Originally, the collection of trees was through Friday, Jan. 15.

Residents should remove all decorations on the tree, including tinsel, lights, ornaments as well as tree stands. In its update, the trash collection vendor for the City of Manhattan Beach writes, "Waste Management’s first priority has been to continue residential curbside collection of trash, green waste and recycling regular scheduled collection days."

Trees must be less than 7 feet long or cut into 7-foot sections (neither Waste Management nor City employees can cut trees for residents). All lights, decorations, tinsel and ornaments should be removed as well as the metal stands.

Trees that are being recycled should be placed next to the resident's trash/recycle/green carts before 7:30 a.m. on their regular collection date for free pick-up and recycling.

Flocked trees will be collected at the curb but cannot be recycled.

Holiday Light Recycling & Other Hazardous Waste CollectionHoliday lights and artificial holiday trees with lights built-in are considered E-waste (electronic waste). If you have any unwanted Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) such as paint, chemicals, solvents, thermometers, batteries, compact fluorescent bulbs,please dispose of it safely for recycling! Manhattan Beach residents have doorstep and drop-off options. Click here to get all the 411 on safe HHW disposal and recycling!

Waste Management will collect any additional trash and recycling materials that do not fit in a resident's carts now through Friday, Jan. 15 on a resident's collection day only. This allowance for additional refuse collection was designed to assist residents with the refuse overflow which can happen during the holiday season.

Extra materials should be placed in bags, adjacent to the container they represent (extra bags of trash next to trash cart, extra bags of recycling next to recycling cart, etc.). All bags or broken down boxes must be at the curb before 7:30 a.m. All boxes should still be broken down.

Questions about any refuse service, refuse bill or materials you need to dispose of should be directed to Waste Management at (310) 830-7100.

This article originally appeared on the Manhattan Beach Patch