Talking Trash After Christmas

Posted by Talyn Brumley on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Though there are plenty of procrastinators out there who'd rather leave their lights up until February than brave a ladder, here's a reason to take down those decorations: Curbside tree recycling starts next week.

If your Christmas tree is getting a little worse for the wear, break it down for the City of Boise's curbside recycling program. Recycling starts Monday, Jan. 2, and runs through Friday, Jan. 6. If your tree is larger than 4 feet, you must cut it into smaller sections first.

And just in case you were trying to get rid of some unwanted ornaments along with the tree, nice try. All trees must be free of ornaments and lights, and must be out of stands and skirts. Wreaths and other decorations are generally not allowed because they tend to contain metal, which damages the wood-chipping machines.

Catherine Chertudi, environmental programs manager with Boise Public Works, explained that it's ideal to put trees out on regular trash collection days, but added, "If folks can't get them taken down in time, there are drop-off locations."

One such location is the Hidden Hollow Landfill at 10300 N. Seaman's Gulch Road, which Chertudi said will recycle trees free of charge until Saturday, Jan. 14. Residents may also take trees to Republic Services at 11101 W. Executive Drive free of charge until Thursday, Jan. 12.

Apart from clearing space in your house, recycling your Christmas tree has another awesome benefit. According to Chertudi, recycled Christmas trees, like recycled leaves, become part of Boise parks in sustainable landscaping materials. They may also be used for materials like animal bedding. Chertudi said that the use changes based on needs each year. For more info, you can visit Boise's recycling program online.

You can also get rid of other overflow holiday hooplah during the post-Christmas cleanup week, which continues through today, Friday, Dec. 30. Basically, it's your chance to go crazy on the trash bags without being charged extra for overflow. With all the Christmas decorations out of your house, you'll be halfway to spring cleaning. Now, if only the New Year's party mess would clean itself up, too.

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