Sunday, December 7, 2014

Ring in the New Year by disposing of your Christmas Tree the right way

The holidays will be here and over before you know it. After all the Christmas hustle and bustle, there's one last thing on your list to do. Get rid of that Christmas tree before your home is filled with needles and that tree becomes even more of a fire hazard. 

There are a few ways to recycle your tree when the holidays are over. 

1. You can chop it into smaller pieces. You can then put it directly into your compost pile or the chipper and have mulch ready for your tree, plants and garden. 

2. You can throw it away. Well, rather you can recycle it. Check with your town for a Christmas tree recycling event. Most towns do this now as it is the most environmentally friendly way to dispose of your tree. Most towns will schedule set days for tree pickup. They'll come around with a chipper to turn the trees into landscaping materials or haul them off to a landfill. However, beware: Most towns won't take trees that are wrapped in any unorganic material, like the plastic disposal bags. So if you want to be neat about disposal, wrap the tree in craft paper before hauling it out to the curb.

You'll want to double check that your tree is free of nails, wire and all decorations to ensure safety of the city's staff that will be handling the trees. Remember, only Christmas trees are accepted - no garlands, wreaths, or yard waste - and no business or commercial use.

Get ready to ring in the New Year. Woah. 2015 is already here. 

Thanks for reading,
President and CEO, Trees "R" Us, Inc.

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