Disposing of your Christmas tree

Now that Christmas has come and gone, let’s talk about how that tree can be disposed of properly. Here are the do’s and don’ts of Christmas tree disposal.

DO:

Take advantage of any local Christmas tree recycling program. Usually this means curbside (with your trash) pickup of the trees during a set time period, or you drop the trees off at a central depot somewhere in your town or city. Look in your newspaper or check online (searching for “Christmas tree recycling” and then the name of your town, as in “Christmas Tree Recycling Las Vegas” usually works best) for options near you. In some areas, the trees are used by local Natural Resources groups as fish habitat- learn more about that on the USDA Forest Service blog.

DO:

Play it safe. If you can’t find a local Christmas Tree Recycling program (best choice!), just take it to your local solid waste facility, dump, or landfill. While this might be really different from what you’ve done in the past, it is actually a much better way to dispose of your tree when it comes to risking the spread of forest pests or invasive weeds.

DON’T:

Burn your Christmas tree in your fireplace or wood stove. The sap from fresh trees can sometimes create a fire hazard in your chimney or vent piping. Not worth the risk! While an outside bonfire is OK if local laws allow, indoor burning isn’t a good idea because of this safety concern.

DON’T:

Set the tree out in a brush pile in your backyard. Pests, weed seeds, and tree diseases could emerge and contaminate your property. It might seem like a harmless idea, but it really could result in a big negative impact.

For the full scoop, visit our Holiday Greenery page!

Thanks for reading!

 (Newly updated 11/10/2015)