Getting Rid of your Christmas Tree




Now that Christmas has come and passed, its time to get rid of your beautiful Christmas Tree.    As we move into the new year,  hopes and dreams are refreshed for an exciting 2017.   First things first, remove all of your ornaments (of course).    See below for a few options of getting rid of your tree.

  1. Many cities throughout the country will pick up your tree if you place it curbside.   This is usually done at no charge, but a call to your local city offices would be the best so they can add it to their list.    This is usually the best option for many to dispose of the tree.
  2. If you city or community doesn’t have burn ordinances, you could take it outside and set it ablaze.   Be sure to wait until the tree is dried out or it will cause excessive smoke and burn slow.    We recommend making sure your tree is within a fire pit to ensure it doesn’t cause another fire.   Depending on your tree size, you may need to cut it into 2 or 3 pieces to get it to fit properly in the fire pit.
  3. For those who have an area to do composting, that’s an excellent idea as it will naturally decompose.
  4. Try using a chipper to make mulch for the upcoming spring season.   I realize not everyone has a chipper sitting around, so this option won’t work for most, but if you do it simply means – FREE MULCH.
  5. Its becoming common for area Fish and Wildlife Centers across the country to take your tree as they can sometimes use it for underwater fish habitat.

Here in Vigo County, the Solid Waste Management District is offering us residents the opportunity to get our Christmas Trees recycled from now until January 9th, 2017.  

Here are some locations for recycling.
Vigo County Highway North (3250 E Haythorne) – 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Vigo County Highway South (10970 S Sullivan) – 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Rea Park Tennis Courts (3500 S 7th Street) – a.m. until 7 p.m.
Dobbs Park (5170 E Poplar) – 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Maple Avenue Park (500 Maple Avenue) – 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.