Saturday, December 26, 2009

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

If you got a real Christmas tree this year, you may be wondering what to do with it when the holidays are over. Check out Earth911 to find out how to recycle Christmas trees in your area.

Your local solid waste department may pick up trees with the yard waste. Some municipalities chip the trees and use the mulch in public spaces. Other communities use whole trees to prevent erosion on shorelines or to create habitats for underwater creatures.

You can also use your tree as a bird feeder in your back yard. There are several articles on eHow about it.

If you live in Hillsborough County, you have these two options:
  • Curbside Collection. Remove all tinsel and ornaments. Cut your tree into four-foot sections and place out on your normal yard waste collection service day.
  • Self-Delivery. Remove all tinsel and ornaments and deliver your tree to the nearest County Yard Waste Processing Facility. Bring a copy of your property tax bill which lists the Solid Waste Disposal Assessment and some form of identification. Facilities are open from 7:30AM to 5:30PM Monday through Saturday. No artificial trees, please.
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