Don’t toss that Christmas tree in the garbage or leave it in an alley. Recycle it, city officials are urging.

Residents can drop off their Christmas trees at four local parks for recycling beginning Dec. 26. Those with trees will have the entire month of January to drop them off.

“Remember it is unlawful and a serious fire hazard to leave unwanted trees at the curb or in the alleys,” city officials warned in a new release.

Drop off trees at the following parks:

• Douglas Park: Chelsea Avenue at Wilshire Boulevard

• Reed Park: Lincoln Boulevard at California Avenue

• Hotchkiss Park: Fourth and Strand streets

• Clover Park: 25th Street at Ocean Park Boulevard

For more information call (310) 458-2223, e-mail recycling@smgov.net or visit www.smgov.net/r3

Those living outside Santa Monica city limits may call the city of Los Angeles Christmas Tree Recycling Hotline: (800) 5-TREE-56 for information about recycling in their neighborhoods.

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