By Susan Motander
Christmas is over, the new year has begun, and it is time to take down the Christmas decorations, especially the tree. If your family opted for a freshly cut tree, local cities have arranged for these trees to be recycled. If you are in doubt as to the rules for this recycling, call your city or check the city’s website. Below are the rules for a few local communities.
From December 26 to January 13, Athens Services will be collecting Christmas trees for recycling. To participate, residents should simply place a tree out on the curbside the night before the regular trash collection date, or before 6 a.m. that morning.
Residents with trash pickup services from the city of Pasadena may place their trees curbside to be picked up on their regular trash pickup days between Jan. 3 and 13. All stands, ornaments and lights must be removed from trees that are dropped off or picked up so the trunks and branches can be recycled as mulch. Artificial trees will not be accepted.
Waste Management will pick up the trees on your regular collection day until January 11. All tinsel, garlands, lights, stands and other decorations must be removed from the tree. If the tree is over 6 feet tall, it must be cut in half. Flocked tree will be accepted, but cannot be recycled.
Athens Disposal will collect trees on your regular trash day and should be placed curbside by 6 a.m. on that day, All tinsel, garlands, lights, metal stands and other decorations must be removed from the tree. If the tree is over 6 feet tall, it must be cut in half. Flocked trees and those coated with a fire retardant will be accepted. Trees in plastic bags will not be collected. Trees can also be dropped off at the city yard, 9167 La Rosa Dr.
Next year avoid this issue. Buy a living tree and plant it after the holidays.
By Susan Motander