Lompoc residents can relax in the wake of the holiday hustle and let the city of Lompoc pick up their Christmas trees from their homes for free.

The city’s Solid Waste Division has contracted with West Coast Arborists to collect and recycle Christmas trees from residences the week of Jan. 6-10. The service is free to Lompoc residents.

Solid waste-collection customers should place their trees three feet away from their refuse containers by 7 a.m. on their scheduled trash collection day during the week of Jan. 6.

Residents who miss the home tree collection can drop off their trees for free at the Lompoc City Landfill, 700 Avalon St.

Before recycling the trees, all decorations and tree stands must be removed. Once the trees are collected, West Coast Arborists will grind them into mulch, which will be used as landscape material throughout the city.

Solid waste collection will be affected by the New Year’s holiday. There will be no trash collection on Wednesday, Jan. 1, and collections will be pushed back by one day all week long.

— Samantha Scroggin, City of Lompoc.