Here are four tips to prepare your Christmas tree for pick-up:
- It is very important to remove all decorations, especially tinsel, before placing it out at the curb for collection or before dropping it off.
- Do not place the tree into plastic bags, just place them out there plain as the day you bought them. This is because they are collected separately and mulched rather than landfilled, and we don’t want the plastic and tinsel in the mulch.
- If the tree is a big one, please cut the trunk into pieces smaller than 6-foot in length.
If it becomes covered with snow please brush it off so that it is visible to assure that it will be collected.
- Keep it Clean. According to , the best way to avoid a mess removing your tree is to place a tree bag (available at hardware stores — reusable and biodegradable) under 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. (And remember: DO NOT throw plastic bags in your recycle bin!)Obviously, you will want to remove the stand and the bag before recycling the tree. If some needles do scatter inside, it is better to sweep them up; as needles can clog vacuum cleaners.Lakeshore Recycling will pick-up Christmas trees on January 3rd (Thursday) and 9th (Wednesday).