Ways to dispose of your Christmas tree

Ways to dispose of your Christmas tree
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Wondering how to get rid of your Christmas tree once the holiday season is over?

Republic Services has answered that question in a number of ways.

Local residents with a natural, unflocked (no artificial snow) Christmas tree can chop them up into 3-foot lengths and placed into their regular organic waste cart for their regular organic waste collection day. Make sure to remove all decorations prior to doing so.

Artificial, flocked and ornament-contaminated trees are not compostable and thus should be cut up or trimmed to fit in the brown or black trash cart and set out on any regular trash collection day.

Another way to get rid of your tree is via on-call bulk pickup. Republic Services customers are allocated one on-call curbside bulk cleanup at no cost, and can request this service by calling (510) 262-7100. Trees more than 6 feet tall must be cut in half for this service.

Residents can also drop off their trees at Golden Bear Transfer at 1 Parr Blvd. in Richmond (with proof of residency) during business hours through the first week of February at no cost for compostable trees. A disposal fee is charged for noncompostable trees or no proof of residency.

Also, those unable to cut or trim your compostable tree to fit your waste carts can call Republic Services’ customer service office to arrange a “for fee” curbside collection at (510) 262-7100. The cost for this service is about $21.

Finally, there are some organizations that raise funds by collecting trees for a fee, including Boys Scouts groups and other youth organizations.

See the flyer for more information.