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Christmas tree and wrapping paper recycling tips

Now that Christmas is over, it's time to figure out what to do with your tree and other recyclables.

Posted: Dec 26, 2020 5:46 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Now that Christmas is over, it's time to figure out what to do with your tree.

Cal Fire PIO Rick Carhart says it will dry out fast, so you have to be careful.

"Now that Christmas is over it is really time to start thinking about removing your tree from your house because everyday your tree sits inside your house it is becoming dryer and dryer and dryer and becoming more of a fire hazard," said Carhart. 

There are different ways you can dispose of your tree. One of those ways if you live in a residential area, is to leave it inside or bundled next to your green waste bin. The Waste Management site says to cut it into sections that are no longer than three feet. They also say to take off all of the decorations. To learn more about getting your tree picked up, click HERE.

Carhart says if you are going to leave it outside do it at the last minute.

"As close to the time it will be picked up as you can. It is not good to let them sit on the side of the road. It is a target for people to come take them and do something they shouldn't or start fires right there," said Carhart. 

You can leave your tree in Gridley at the Harris Tree Service, next to the big snowman. 

"We make no money off this whatsoever it is just a way to help our people who do not have a means to dispose of them elsewhere," said Hank Harris the Owner of Harris Tree Service.

Harris says they then donate the chips to whoever wants them.

"The big thing is just no ornaments, no metal in the tree, because that hurts the chipper and just drop it off and we will take care of the rest," said Harris. 

To see where the Harris Tree Service is, click HERE.

According to the Waste Management site another item to try and dispose properly of is wrapping paper. They say you cannot recycle ribbon because it gets tangled in the machine. The site also says if you want to recycle the wrapping paper itself, it cannot have any foil or plastic film. If it has either it needs to go in the trashcan. To watch the video from the waste management site, click HERE

The National Environmental Education Foundation says $11 billion worth of packing material is used in the U.S. from Thanksgiving to Christmas, to see more statistics on the product used, click HERE.

You also have 14 days to sign up for Troop Two's 29th Annual Christmas Tree and Recycling Fish Habitat Improvement. To learn more and sign up for the Habitat Improvement, click HERE.

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