STREET RECYCLING A Healdsburg resident puts out her no-longer-decorated Christmas tree for pickup by Recology this week.

The packages are opened, the wrapping is recycled and the out-of-town family has departed—now what to do with that tree?

There is no Recology home-pickup service on Christmas or New Year’s day, both Mondays, so service will be delayed by one day during those weeks. However, the county’s waste management provider does make the effort to pick up trees on its normal routes, where possible.

Whole-tree curbside pickup is available in most Sonoma County communities, including Healdsburg, Cloverdale and Windsor. Place trees less than 6 feet tall next to the yard-waste bin for pickup until the end of next week, through Jan. 6th on the service day.

Whole, unflocked trees can be dropped off for recycling at the Healdsburg Transfer Station, 166 Alexander Valley Rd. Up to two unflocked trees per vehicle are accepted for free (the usual tree fees are waived). Hours for Dec. 26-Jan. 13 are Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm; closed Sundays.

Local communities also provide free tree-recycling service from their city’s public works locations, as follows:

Cloverdale: Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds, Citrus Fair Drive. Dec. 26-Jan. 12, 8am to 4pm daily.

Healdsburg: Healdsburg Corporation Yard, 550 Westside Road. Dec. 26-Jan. 12 , 8am to 5pm daily.

Windsor: Windsor Corporation Yard, 8400 Windsor Rd. (for Windsor residents only). Dec. 26-Jan. 9, 8am to 5pm daily.

Area nonprofits also cooperate to provide whole-tree pickup service, though a donation is expected. Pickups will be available the next three weekends—on Dec. 30-31, Jan. 6-7 and Saturday, Jan. 13. Call (707) 565-3333 to make an appointment for pickup. The suggested donation is $10 for trees less than 6 feet tall, and $15 for larger trees.

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