Go, Christmas tree: City turning holiday evergreens into mulch

Darin HammondDec 30, 2016

"As the tree catches fire, it is in a contained environment to where the fire hits the ceiling, hits the thermal barrier and then all of a sudden the heat starts to drop from the ceiling down lower until it catches everything else in the room on fire", said Palmer.

Then, after lugging it home on top of your auto, you and the family decorate it with ornaments and trinkets - some with sentimental value - before slipping presents under it to be opened on Christmas Day by wide-eyed children.

Montgomery County, TN - The Montgomery County Parks and Recreation Department is collecting live Christmas trees for recycling at Rotary Park.

The NFPA said that while Christmas tree fires inside of a home are not common, when they do happen, they are much more deadly than other residential fires.

Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email. In that condition, they can burn up within minutes. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, roughly one of every 34 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death.

For $5 or less, residents also can dispose of Christmas trees of any size at Triangle Resources, 612 S.E. Union St., Camas, or the Washougal Transfer Station, 4020 S. Grant St.

Lind said while they try to sell most of their trees during the season, a few tend to stay behind but says they never go to waste.

"We encourage people to recycle their Christmas trees, if possible", said Kim Harless, a solid waste operations specialist. The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has released guidelines for proper Christmas tree disposal along with ways to repurpose them.

Be sure to remove all stands, tinsel, lights and ornaments before putting the tree out for collection. "Last year, we had 110 trees".

And in Marblehead, a similar tradition will be observed on the same night. For residents with regular Wednesday or Thursday trash collection, Christmas tree collection will be January 20.

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