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How to: recycle your Christmas tree


As hard as it is to believe, the holiday chaos of 2011 is over. After bearing witness to everything from Black Friday pepper-spray attacks to Air Jordan riots, it won’t be a very emotional goodbye.

Now is when we have to deal with the grim post-holiday realities: going back to work/school, reconciling weight gained from all of those Christmas cookies and of course, what to do with that big, glorious tree still perched in the center of the living room.

Thankfully, Southern California has made it easy for residents to dispose of that Douglas Fir responsibly, which means recycling.

Break out a handsaw and cut that sucker down to size and toss the pieces in the convenient green recycling bins around the city. You can even just leave the tree next to the bin, and it will be hauled away by the sanitation department. Just remember to remove all ornaments and decorations!

On January 8, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., many SoCal fire stations and parks will be acting as Christmas tree drop-off sites for those of you that want to enjoy the holiday splendor for a few more days.