Disposing of Your Christmas Tree

By the time you read this, the Christmas holiday is past and many are probably in the “Merry Whatever” mode! The tree that was the center of attention for maybe the past month now needs to be removed and disposed of. What to do with it?

I contacted a few local businesses to find out how we can dispose of our Christmas trees, properly. Marv’s Sanitary Service will pick up Christmas trees, if you are a customer, for a small fee. They require you call a day in advance to inform them of the additional garbage and haul it to the curb for their regular pickup.  Waste Management will also pick up trees through the 2nd week of January. If you are a customer with “yard waste” included in your account, there will be no charge. If you do not have “yard waste” on your account, there will be a $5.00 additional charge. They also require 24 hours notice for this additional garbage. Both companies request  you remove the stands and strip decorations, plastic and tinsel from the trees.

Neither the City of Brandon nor the Brandon Chamber of Commerce knew of any organizations or local groups offering a Christmas tree pickup. They recommended that you check the local newspaper for any announcements offering this service.

Whatever you do, DO NOT BURN YOUR TREE IN YOUR FIREPLACE OR WOOD-BURNER!!!! Christmas trees are full of sap and EXPLODE upon contact with a flame!!!

For those of you who hate to just dump the “holiday centerpiece” after the season, why not get a little creative and also give the kids a project during the long school break. Remove all decorations and tinsel…set the tree in the backyard and decorate it for the birds for the winter. The kids can make ornaments our of pine cones covered in peanut butter and birdseed, strings of popcorn, cut-up apples and oranges or use Christmas cookie cutout tins to make shapes in bread slices. I would recommended using real string or twine to hang the ornaments so the birds can use these for nesting material also. Stay away from any plastic fishing line or anything the birds could choke on. Make sure to place the tree where you can view it out a window and enjoy the bird watching during the winter months.

Please, please…do not drop your tree in a ditch outside of town. There are collection programs to dispose of the trees properly. Enjoy….and best wishes for the New Year!

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