As the holidays pass, it will be time for many to take down the live or artificial tree and decorations for this holiday season.
Several options exist for Columbia residents to recycle/dispose of live Christmas trees:
- Between December 26 and January 31, you can simply set the
tree curbside on your normally scheduled pickup day. The tree does not
need to be cut to 4 foot lengths and does not need to be stripped of
decorations. The trees will go directly into the landfill where the tree
will decompose and will assist in the generation of methane gas used to
generate electricity. After January 31, the tree must meet the usual
length requirements and be cut into lengths no longer than 4 feet.
- You may take your tree, minus all decorations, to either
of the public mulch sites; Parkside Drive or Capen Park. Please ensure
that all decorations have been removed from the tree as trees dropped of
at Parkside or Capen will be ground into mulch.
- You may also take your tree, free from all decorations, to
the compost facility located at the landfill, 5700 Peabody Road. There
will be no charge for composting your tree.
While you may leave decorations on the tree if it is set out for
curbside pickup, we urge you to consider recycling the decorations if
you do not want them. Consider "gifting" ornaments and other decorations
to someone who may be in need of those items. Ornaments and tinsel
should be disposed of in your normal refuse collection.
Artificial trees and wreaths which have met the end of their lifespan should be disposed of in your normal trash collection.
Recycling is so easy and it's the right thing to do.