Christmas is over, the egg nog is gone, the relatives finally departed… and you’re left packing up the lights and ornaments and wondering what to do with the Christmas tree.
HOW CAN I DISPOSE OF MY CHRISTMAS TREE AFTER THE HOLIDAYS?
Residents are encouraged to dispose of their tree in the yard waste container provided with your trash service. However, as a community service, the City of Waterford also provides Christmas tree pick up during the month of January. To take advantage of this service, place your tress on the curb in front of your residence.
REMOVING THE TREE
The best way to avoid a mess removing your tree is to place a plastic tree bag (which are available at hardware stores) underneath the stand when you set the tree up! You can hide it with a tree skirt. Then, when the holidays are done, pull the bag up around the tree, stand and all, and carry it outside. Obviously, you will want to remove the stand before recycling the tree. If some needles do scatter inside, it is better to sweep them up; as needles can clog vacuum cleaners.
Never burn your Christmas tree in a fireplace or wood stove. Pines, firs and other evergreens have a high content of flammable turpentine oils. Burning the tree may contribute to creosote buildup and risk a chimney fire.
For further information please contact the Public Works Department at (209) 874-4095, City Hall at (209) 874-2328, or firstname.lastname@example.org .