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Apartment Living Tips: How to Safely Dispose of Your Christmas Tree

Posted by Jenna Redman

December 27, 2017

Cplain christmas treehristmas is officially over. Sigh.

One of the best parts of the Christmas season is going to pick out your Christmas tree and spending time decorating it with all the family ornaments, colorful lights, or all the garland you can place on it. Apartment living may mean you have to become a little more creative when it comes to getting your tree inside your apartment, but it adds to the fun, right? PIVOT!

The worst part about the Christmas season ending is having to undo all the hard work you did in the first place. You have to take all of your family ornaments and lights off the tree, figure out how they all fit into that one box that goes into the storage closet, and finally, dispose of your tree.

Chico has several different options for you to choose from when it comes to how you want to dispose of your tree this year. Hint: all of the options deal with recycling your tree not throwing away your tree.

Option #1: DIY Recycling

If you feel like recycling your tree yourself then by all means, go for it! You can drive your Christmas tree out to the Chico Compost Facility on Cohasset Road near the Chico Airport. Make sure all your ornaments and decorations have been removed from the tree.

If you have a flocked tree then we're sorry to say that this option is not for you as they will not be accepting flocked trees this year.

Otherwise, you can drive away knowing that the hardest part of taking down the Christmas decorations in your apartment has been taken care of!

Option #2: Support the Scouts

Don’t feel like hauling your tree to the compost facility this year? Make apartment living easier and let the Boy Scouts take it away for you! Every year the Boy Scouts offer to recycle your Christmas tree for you at little to no cost.

They would love your donation in return for picking up your tree but do not require it. If you feel like donating they suggest anywhere from $10-$35 dollars, unless you feel like really blessing them this year with more than the suggested amount. Your donation goes towards helping pay for all the camping costs they experience throughout the year.

This year the trees will be donated to Lake Oroville where they will be bundled and given to the Department of Water Resources so that they can set them in places they can serve as fish habitats. The Boy Scouts goal this year is to collect 1,600 Christmas trees. Help them out and click here for all the details.

Option #3: Green Waste Service

Are you a resident who subscribes to the Waste Management’s green waste service? If you are then you qualify for curbside pickup. The only thing you have to do is make sure that your tree is cut into 3-foot-length sections and placed into your green waste container.

Like with all the other options above make sure that you have taken off all your ornaments and decorations - they cannot be recycled!

From all of us at Living in Chico, we ask you to please recycle your tree with one of the options above and to not just throw it in the dumpster or leave it on the side of the road. Keep our lovely city of Chico a clean, safe, and well taken care of place that we can be happy to call home.

Interested in other apartment living tips that will keep you safe during the holiday season? Download our Safety Tips to learn why knowing your neighbors is a good thing, when the best time to call maintenance is, and more!

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Topics: Apartment Living, Safety, Holidays

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