Nothing says “I’m a loser and It’s not my problem” more than those countless tree tossers who finally get around to undecorating their dried-out fire hazards and then just set them out with the garbage ó or worse just put them out on the curb or in the alley as if there’s some sort of reverse engineered sanitation santa who comes by when they’re sleeping and magically takes the decaying thing away. Wouldn’t that be nice? Yeah, it would ó if it weren’t such a careless and lame pipe dream… not to mention illegal (Municipal Code 57.21.06).
So for those of us firmly straddling reality and responsibility and for those who should be, there are a couple options that allow you to do the right recycling thing. First, if you have a greenwaste container, you can get all lumberjack and chop up your now-ignoble fir or too-blue spruce into small enough chunks that allow you to stow it in that appropriate receptacle. But if you’re greencan-challenged and/or understandably not up for such physical labor, even better: the city has set up 16 drop-off sites from Arleta to the Los Angeles Zoo to Westchester that are open this coming weekend (January 8-9) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Best of all, when you drop off your tree, you get free stuff, like an energy efficient light bulb and a certificate for a 20-pound bag of mulch, and other swag while supplies last.
Specific drop-off site info can be found here on the Los Angeles Fire Department website.