By Miriam Raftery
December 27, 2011 (San Diego) – Christmas trees add beauty to homes during the holidays. But a dry tree can become a fire hazard. Fortunately, there are many places to recycle your tree in East County and San Diego.
Customers of EDCO, which services most of East County, Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands and cut flowers can all be recycled curbside in your designated green waste containers. Cut trees in half, then trim off branches. Remove lights, ornaments, tinsel and tree stand, then place sections in your green waste can.
There are also drop-off locations for Christmas tree recycling in many East County communities such as La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Ramona and more. To find out where to recycle a Christmas tree in your community, Click here. Get more EDCO recycling tips here: http://www.edcodisposal.com/holiday/index.html
In addition, the City of San Diego offers 16 drop-off locations to recycle your Christmas tree including San Diego State University, Tierrasanta and the Miramar landfill and others. Get the list here: http://www.sandiego.gov/environmental-services/recycling/dropoff.shtml Get more recycling info from San Diego here: http://www.sandiego.gov/environmental-services/recycling/christmas.shtml
Americans produce about 25 percent more waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day than the rest of the year combined due to holiday parties, gift packaging, and perishable plant decorations. Recycle your wrapping paper, gift boxes, greeting cards, cardboard and recyclable glass, plastic and metal containers. EDCO customers can put all of these items in blue recyclable bins.
For future holiday seasons, consider using recyclable gift bags and artificial decorations. Look for labels on gift wrap packaging or greeting cards indicating that they are made from recyclable materials.
For more suggestions on how to reduce waste during the holidays visit these websites:
- Use Less Stuff – www.use-less-stuff.com
- California Integrated Waste Management Board – http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/PublicEd/Holidays/