How to Safely Dispose of Your Holiday Tree


As we near the end of the holiday season, you may find yourself 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, as dry trees are much more likely to cause house fires.

Follow these simple steps to safely and easily dispose of your tree:

Remove all trimmings – Before you dispose 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 contain any needles or sap from falling from the tree, as they can damage your hardwood floors and carpet. If any 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 you find that 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 locate the closest waste management company 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 for use as mulch or as part of erosion programs, providing environmental benefit.

For more information about tree disposal, click here.

Contributed by Ashley McKenzie-Sharpe  

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