As enjoyable as it is to pick out the Christmas tree, it’s a lot less thrilling trying to dispose of it once the holidays are over. Between all the cleaning and exertion to get the tree out of your house, it can be a real hassle to finally be done with it. Fortunately, there are a few ways your Christmas tree can be disposed of properly and put to good use after the all presents beneath it have been opened. Read on to learn about proper Christmas tree disposal after the holidays.
When to Throw Away Your Christmas Tree
Before you decide on the best Christmas tree disposal method for you, you must know when it’s time to say goodbye to this holiday staple. A general rule of thumb is to get rid of your tree as soon as it shows signs of drying out, because that’s when they become a fire hazard. This time is usually after the holidays in early January, although others like to keep their tree longer if they’ve kept it well watered or put it up in their house later than most. Check your tree for signs of dryness. Although Christmas tree fires are not common, they can be extremely dangerous when they do occur.
Remove All Decorations and Accessories
You must remove all decorations and accessories on your tree before disposal. This includes any ornaments, lights, ribbon, tinsel, tree toppers, and ornament hooks. Once your tree is back to its organic state, consider covering it with a tree disposal bag keep the pine needles contained in the bag and not all over your floor and house when you are ready to dispose of it.
Check Local Yard Waste Management Departments
Some communities offer specific yard waste pickup services along with regular garbage pickup services. If you live in a community that offers this yard waste service, call or check online to find out the information about their Christmas tree pickup service. You may be able to just leave your tree by the dumpster in your housing complex.
Here’s a note from our local Waste Management:
HOLIDAY TREE RECYCLING
Waste Management and the City of San Ramon offer you three convenient Christmas tree recycling options. Note: Trees must be free of flocking, tinsel, decorations and stands to be recycled.* Postcards with dates and details for each of the services below will be mailed in early December.
Boy Scouts of America, San Ramon Annual Fundraiser – Tree Pickup Day is Saturday, January 6, 2018.
For a $10 donation, local Boy Scouts will pick up your tree. Visit www.sanramonscouts.org, e-mail Trees@sanramonscouts.org.
Waste Management Yard Trimmings/Green Waste CartCut tree into lengths that will easily fit into cart and allow lid to completely close. Place tree pieces into cart any time after holidays.
Special One – Time Tree Pickup – Week of January 8, 2018
Set out tree at curb for pickup by a special truck. Cut larger trees into lengths of 6 feet or less. Clean trees only.
*Important: Only clean trees are acceptable for all tree recycling options (No flocking, tinsel or tree stands) Trees with flocking, tinsel or tree stands. Call (925) 837-3356 to arrange for collection at an additional charge.
Check Local Recycling Centers
Most recycling centers provides Christmas tree drop off services, where you can bring your tree to be recycled. This is similar to the services your local waste management unit may offer, but not all communities have that waste management pickup choice. To see services provided by local recycling center, simply call or look for online for further information.
Considering Re-planting Your Tree in Your Yard
Some people have had success re-planting their Christmas tree, for it to grow roots and take a permanent home in your yard. Consider this eco-friendly alternative as an option this holiday season.
Looking for more information about Christmas tree disposal? The team at SexyTrees.com is happy to answer any questions you may have. Happy holidays everyone!