Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Need to trash your tree?

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 4:11 PM

For those of you who bought a real Christmas tree this year, it's time to start thinking about how to dispose of your festive friend before it becomes a fire hazard.

If you live in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, don't assume our trash collectors will pick up your tree if you put it on the curb. In fact, they probably won't. What you need to do is call 311 (or 704-336-3786 from your cell phone) to schedule a pickup since Christmas trees are considered bulky items. Your tree will then be chipped into mulch and compost, which will be used to beautify area parks.

For those of you outside of the city limits, your tree can become a habitat for fish, birds or other wildlife.

Before you dump a tree in a pond, though, make sure you have permission from the land owner and don't forget to check with city hall. Once you get the green light, however, your tree will be a welcome addition to the pond floor.

Your tree can also become welcome habitat for backyard birds. Check this video out to learn more.

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