As the end of the holiday season approaches, you may be wondering about the best way to dispose of your holiday tree. It is important to remove your tree from your home before it becomes too dry since a dry tree sheds pine needles everywhere and is much more of a fire risk.
Follow these simple steps to dispose of your tree safely and easily:
Remove all trimmings – Before disposing of your tree, it is imperative to remove all decorations, including lights, ornaments, tinsel, and any other trimmings. Returning the tree to its natural state is of utmost importance.
Cover the tree – Use a large plastic tree bag or a blanket to cover the tree before removing it from your home. This will help prevent any needles or sap from falling from the tree and potentially damaging your hardwood floors and carpet. If needles have dropped on your hardwood floor, carefully remove them with a broom to avoid clogging your vacuum cleaner.
Check with waste management – Many local waste management companies provide curbside pickup for trees. If your waste management company offers this service, bring your tree to the curb in front of your home, making sure not to obstruct any roads, sidewalks, or driveways. You may also want to confirm that there are no additional disposal instructions. To find the waste management company closest to you, click here.
Recycle your tree – If your local waste management company does not provide curbside pickup, there is likely a nearby recycling center where you can bring your tree. Many centers will chip and shred your tree so it can be used as mulch or in erosion programs, providing environmental benefit.
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