Done with your Christmas tree? Here's how to pitch it

Area Christmas Tree Recycling Starts December 26th

"A lot of people like to start to take their trees down the next day after Christmas", said Penny Morin, the City of Lubbock Solid Waste Collections Manager. Fir trees, including Lleylandi, shouldn't be burnt as the sap can turn into creosote, which is like tar and which could easily catch fire inside the chimney and the fire from Christmas trees burns so hot, it could damage a firebox or chimney.

"You're familiar with the wildland fires we have had here in Pocatello and around the Pocatello area", says Tom Sanford, Assistant Chief of the Pocatello Fire Department.

City of Georgetown residents are encouraged to recycle Christmas trees, boxes, and wrapping paper to reduce material going to the landfill.

Various municipalities already announced that they will offer residents a safe and free way to get rid of their trees at special locations. Trees collected with garbage will be sent to the landfill.

To put your Christmas tree to good use you can also reach out to local farmers who often feed the items to their animals. But removing its 450,000 lights and 10,000 ornaments must have been a monumental task.

"Tree-cycle" your holiday tree!

Most trash haulers will collect Christmas trees curbside for two weeks after Christmas.

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The Christmas tree still serves a objective once its chipped up as all materials are given to Burlington Electric where it's used as fuel to generate electricity.

Each tree will be inspected by the recycling center staff prior to acceptance.

Residents in Round Rock, Cedar Park and Leander can leave their tree ready for pick up at their curb on trash days.

Residents who do not have curbside recycling can bring their Christmas tree to the Solid Waste Bureau between January 2 and January 13.

The National Christmas Tree Association also suggested cutting up the tree to fit into a yard waste container or recycling it for mulch.

One thing about living organisms is that they die. Customers who place more than one section or more than one tree next to the cart will be charged an extra yard debris pickup fee.



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