As you take down the lights and the stockings, pack away the ornaments and deflate the blow-up Santa, there's just one thing left to contend with: what to do with the tree? If you own an artificial tree, it's a no-brainer. Box it up to reuse next year. But if you purchased a real tree, like 27 million homes in the US did last year, here's how to dispose of it in an environmentally friendly fashion. Many municipalities have some sort of recycling program, which will turn the tree to mulch. Since they're biodegradable, you can just leave it outside where it will return to nature, but check your town's regulations. Whatever you do, don't burn it. Christmas trees contain flammable oils which can increase the risk of causing a chimney fire.
Bows and Ribbons from gifts go in the trash because they get tangled in the recycle machinery but if you have tissue paper from gifts you can toss that into the recycling bins. Wrapping paper (no glitter or added decorations) also go into the recycling bins.
CLICK HERE for more information on recycling your Christmas tree in San Francisco
CLICK HERE for tree recycling info for the Napa area
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