Residents have options for Christmas tree disposal

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However, Christmas trees can build up sap that can be unsafe to burn indoors, and creosote that these trees produce isn't good for chimneys or exhausts.

When you're ready to wrap up the holiday season, dispose of your Christmas tree by placing it at the curb on your weekly refuse collection day.

Trying to figure out what to do with leftover Christmas Trees?

Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will take real Christmas trees for recycling on Wednesday, Dec. 20 through Thursday, Jan. 11 at Riverside Middle School in Evans. Only live trees are accepted - no wreaths.

"Our Environmental Management Department is going to be offering free Christmas tree recycling beginning on December 26 through January 15 for New Hanover County residents", Communications and Outreach Coordinator for New Hanover County Jessica Loeper said.

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Of course, some Americans prefer a product that they can reuse, turning to artificial trees, primarily manufactured in China for the US market, according to data from the US Commerce Department. "So we encourage all residents to bring your tree to one of our four locations in New Hanover County to be recycled".

The county also teams up with the city of Charlottesville, chipping trees collected through the city's curbside pick-up program. Baltimore County residents who live in an apartment or condominium should follow their property manager's rules when recycling their Christmas trees.

With this year's Christmas over, it's a matter of time before decorations get boxed up and the Christmas tree gets tossed. Trees can also be "decorated" by hanging peanut butter filled pine cones, suet and seed mixes, or fruit.

Every city has a different place where residents can drop off trees.