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What's next for the Christmas tree?

Santa Clarita will collect trees with trash through Jan. 11

Posted: December 26, 2013 10:21 p.m.
Updated: December 26, 2013 10:21 p.m.

With “Ho ho ho” in the rear-view mirror but “Happy New Year” ahead, you might already be wondering what to do with that dried-out, needle-dropping Christmas tree that’s drooping in the living room.

Both city and county officials advise Christmas trees from single-family homes can be put out with the trash curbside to be picked up on regular trash day. Trees 6 feet or taller must be cut in half.

The deadline for doing so varies, however.

The city will collect trees with trash through Jan. 11. County residents can procrastinate a bit; their trash-collection service will accept trees through Jan. 18.

There are caveats, however: trees must be undecorated — devoid of flocking, tinsel and other adornment. Tree stands must be removed.

For Santa Clarita residents who aren’t new to town, “The process is the same as last year,” spokesman Evan Thomason.

“Residents can put their trees out with their trash cans, on their normal trash day, between Dec. 26 and the second Saturday in January,” Thomason said.

The trees are picked up by a waste hauler, then put through a wood chipper and turned into mulch to become what city officials like to call “green waste.”

The mulch is used in landscaping and agriculture.

Last year, more than 100 tons of trees became recycled green waste, Thomason said.  

The collection information is the same for Waste Management customers and newly annexed Santa Clarita residents who have Burtec as their service provider.

Residents in multi-family homes should contact their management to find out the proper place to put their trees for pick-up by the haulers, Thomason said.


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