What you should do with your real Christmas tree

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From there they will be collected and taken to the council's recycling centre in Regis Road, where they will join hundreds of other trees on the green waste heap. "By repurposing Christmas trees we provide plenty of mulch which serves to reinvigorate New York City's urban forest".

Whether you're a family that tosses your tree the day after New Year's or one that keeps it around until the twelfth day of Christmas, it's almost time to say farewell to your coniferous holiday centerpiece.

The Waste Management division will need approval from a homeowners association or community management group and a drop-off location in the community where residents can haul their trees.

Raquel Padilla, customer service supervisor with Lubbock solid waste, previously told A-J Media that residents are asked to remove all decorations, the metal stand and any plastic from a Christmas tree before dropping it off. Firefighters volunteer to pick up the trees in exchange for a donation to the Red Deer Firefighters Children's Charity to support local children's charities. The fire is believed to have been caused by their Christmas tree.

"Starting out, we only had about 38 trees chipped", he said.

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"Nobody wants to spend January dodging old trees littering the streets".

More than 30,000 trees were recycled last year, a number which the city hopes to increase this year.

Christmas is over, and that means it's time to take down your tree. You could also smear peanut butter and seeds in pine cones and hang them in the tree.

He said that, as in Salem, town workers collect trees from the curbside in preparation for the event, and later safely stack them within a perimeter on Riverhead Beach before sparking the fire. The site is intended for residential use only.