LOS ANGELES — As much as fresh-cut Christmas trees are a ritual in some households, so is the inevitable ripple effect of families who haul them to the curb, waiting for them to magically disappear.
On Monday, L.A. Sanitation and Environment introduced a new pilot program for residents to request free curbside tree collection through Amazon Alexa as part of the department’s annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program.
The first pilot program of its kind in the country, the tree collection can be accessed through the Amazon Alexa app or Amazon Assistant device, including Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show, and Echo Flex smart speakers.
Tree pickup can be requested in Spanish as well as English.
In addition to the Amazon digital assistant, Angelenos can place their Christmas trees in their green bins. The department says decorations and stands must be removed before putting the tree into the bin and that the tree must be cut into pieces if it doesn’t entirely fit inside.
Residents can also leave their trees at the curb on their weekly collection day or drop off their tree at a designated drop-off location.
While flocked and artificial trees can not be recycled and need to be placed in the black container, the city of Los Angeles recycles 90,000 to 100,000 real Christmas trees through its annual recycling program.
Instead of sending them to a landfill, the program turns them into mulch and compost that residents can access for free.