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By Victoria Fowler
Gazette Reporter 

Christmas tree disposal after the holiday season

 

January 2, 2020



The tree needles have fallen, the smell of Christmas fades and live Christmas trees begin to become bare as the Christmas season comes to a close.

When it comes time for the tree to go there are a few options for disposal in the county.

Pick-up:

Empire Disposal will pick-up Christmas trees at an additional fee for existing customers.

“The fee is the same as a regular extra charge of $4.79,” said Jamie Bretveld, Empire Disposal office manager.

Bretvald said the trees out for pick-up can't be taller than six feet. If taller, the tree will need to be cut in half before put out for pick-up.

If leaving a tree out for pick-up, be sure to have all decorations and non-organic material removed from the tree.

In Pullman, Boy Scout troop 460 will be picking up trees in residential neighborhoods Saturday, Jan. 4.

“Residents should leave trees on the curb the night before,” said Paul Wheeler, scoutmaster of the troop. “We will leave an envelope in which they can send a donation if they wish.”

Drop-off:

Live trees can be dropped off at the Whitman County Landfill site off of Highway 195. These live trees would be considered yard waste and free of charge to drop off as long as the tree is undecorated.

Other:

While getting rid of your tree altogether is an option, Christmas trees can be used for mulch and compost.

If feeling crafty, these trees can be transformed into wreaths, coasters or wooden ornaments for next Christmas.

Christmas trees are extremely flammable. Do not burn a tree in your fireplace or stove, this may cause a flare-up or chimney fire.

 
 

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