Make like a tree, and compost
December 30, 2011
The stockings are down, and all that remains of those delicious holiday cookies are a few lonely crumbs. It’s probably time to figure out what to do with that rapidly-drying tree.
No matter where you live in Los Angeles County, there are easy ways to give Christmas trees a green retirement by turning them to mulch.
For unincorporated areas, the L.A. County Department of Public Works will pick up trees curbside through January 13, on normal collection days. The city of L.A. will take trees placed in or beside green waste bins; see the Bureau of Sanitation’s website for details. For other cities and a list of sites that accept drop-offs, visit www.cleanla.com or call 1 (888)-CLEANLA.
Trees should be stripped of all lights, ornaments, tinsel, nails and anything else that might be hanging on.
Besides cleaning house and protecting the environment, there’s another reason to recycle your tree—preventing fires. According to the United States Fire Administration, dry or neglected Christmas trees start 240 fires annually, causing fatalities and millions in property damage.
This video shows how fast a scotch pine can transform a family room into an inferno. So play it safe and recycle!