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How to get rid of your Christmas tree in Alexandria

Christmas tree at ALXnow editor’s new apartment (staff photo by Vernon Miles)

Your Christmas tree is beautiful and it can stay up for a few more days, but as it starts getting closer to January, it might be time to start thinking about how to get rid of it.

Tree removal is usually a touchy subject in Alexandria, but Christmas tree removal is fortunately a little easier for anyone in Alexandria that gets trash removal via the city.

According to the city’s website:

Christmas trees can be recycled curbside by residents who receive trash collection services from the City. Trees should be set at your regular yard waste collection point, on your trash collection day. Trees collected during this time will be ground into mulch and available to residents in the spring.

To prepare trees for collection, the city said to:

  • Remove all ornaments, tinsel, lights, and stands
  • Do not place in plastic bags
  • Place the tree at your regular yard waste collection point by 6:00 a.m. on your trash collection day

The tree collection program runs from Tuesday, Jan. 2 to Wednesday, Jan. 31 — so don’t set those trees out just yet.

Most Alexandrians are renters, however, not homeowners. There: it’s trickier, and the city said the property’s owner should have more information on where to dispose of trees.

“If you or your building uses a private trash services, please check with your trash hauler for instructions on disposal of natural and artificial Christmas trees,” the city’s website said.

If that doesn’t work, ALXnow cannot recommend leaving your Christmas tree at a property where refuse is being collected that day.

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