The holidays are over and it’s time to take down the decorations. But what do you do with your natural Christmas tree? We've got a few options for you.
- You can’t put the tree in your regular trash, but you can arrange a special pick up with your trash hauler. Check to make sure they will take it to a compost site.
- Take your natural tree to the FREE Ramsey County Yard Waste Site. Locations that accept trees are 1943 Pierce Butler Route and 1150 Sims Ave. in St. Paul and 5900 Sherwood Road in White Bear Township. Collection sites are open on weekends through March from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.
- Remove all decorations, lights, tinsel and tree bags. Flocked trees are not accepted. Wreaths and other greenery are also accepted, but any decorations must be removed. Wreaths with wire frames may be disposed of in the trash.
- The SKB Environmental disposal site at 630 Malcolm Ave. in Minneapolis (just off 280 and University Ave.) 612-331-4610 accepts trees throughout the month of January. They're open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and it costs $2.00 per tree.
- Rent a chipper from a home improvement store. Mulch your tree and use it in your garden or share the mulch with a fellow gardener.
- Leave your natural Christmas tree and wreaths outside through the winter. They make a great winter shelter for birds and animals in your yard. In the spring, dispose of them at a Ramsey County Yard Waste Site for free.
Get more information at RamseyRecycles.com or call 651-633-EASY (3279), answered 24/7.