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Christmas Tree Disposal

December 24, 1988|Clipboard researched by Kathie Bozanich, Susan Davis Greene and Dallas Jamison / Los Angeles Times. Graphics by Thomas Penix / Los Angeles Times

Once the holidays have ended, how to dispose of the big green Christmas tree is the only vision left in your head. You may want to know what your city refuse collectors require you to do. Here are the rules. Apartment dwellers should check with their complex managers.

Anaheim, Brea, Garden Grove, Placentia, Yorba Linda (Disposal Services Co.): Trees must be cut in 4-foot lengths.

Costa Mesa (Orco Disposal Co.): Cut in half or 4-foot lengths; branches longer than 2 feet must be tied.

Buena Park, La Palma (Park Disposal Co.): If trees are shorter than 5 feet they may be set outside whole; if taller, they must be cut in half.

Cypress, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Seal Beach, Villa Park (Briggeman Disposal Co.): Cut trees in half if they are taller than 6 feet.

Fullerton, La Habra (M.G. Disposal Co.): If trees are taller than 4 feet, cut in half.

Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Sunset Beach (Rainbow Disposal Co.): Trees weighing less than 60 pounds may be placed whole at the curb or alley next to trash cans. A request for special pick-up is required for heavier trees.

Orange (Orange Disposal Co.): Trees taller than 5 feet must be cut in half or 4-foot lengths. Trees will not be picked up more than two weeks after Christmas Day.

Newport Beach (City of Newport Beach): Trees must be cut in 4-foot lengths.

Irvine (Dewey Dumpsters):

Trees must be shorter than 6 feet and have branches tied in bundles. Also, the Fire Department will designate a lot for a tree-burning ceremony. For information regarding time, place and date, call (714) 744-0496.

Laguna Beach, El Toro, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, the canyons, (Dewey Dumpsters): If trees are taller than 6 feet, they must be cut in 4-foot lengths and bundled.

Dana Point, Capistrano Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, San Juan Capistrano, South Laguna (Solag Disposal Inc.):

If taller than 4 feet, cut in half.

Santa Ana, Tustin (Great Western Reclamation Co.):

Trees taller than 5 feet must be cut in half.

Stanton (Stanton Disposal Co.):

Trees 6 feet and shorter can be put out with trash; those taller than 6 feet must be cut in 4-foot lengths and tied in bundles.

San Clemente (San Clemente Commercial):

Trees taller than 4 feet should be cut in half and tied.

Westminster, Midway City (Midway City Sanitary District): Trees taller than 6 feet must be Source: Individual cities

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