Need to get rid of your Christmas tree? Here’s how

Posted by Mary Margaret Stewart January 4, 2017

UPDATE: Still need to dispose of your Christmas tree? Avondale’s “Bring One For The Chipper” event was rescheduled from Saturday, Jan. 7 to this upcoming Saturday, Jan. 14, from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m.

Make sure to remove all lights and ornaments before donating a tree. Drop off is in the original location.

File photo of the tree on top of Little Shop of Stories in Decatur.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) advocates timely removal of Christmas trees and lights. According to their report, “nearly 40 percent of U.S. home fires that begin with Christmas trees occur in January.”

The NFPA says as Christmas trees age and dry out they become a fire hazard in your home.

Still, as the holiday season comes to an end, disposing of Christmas trees can be the last thing on your to-do list. Luckily, local services make it easy.

City of Decatur, City of Avondale and DeKalb County are offering ways to dispose of Christmas trees.

In Avondale, the annual “Bring One For The Chipper” is back on Saturday, Jan. 7, 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. Drop off your festive tree in front of signs marking the old compost area by Wiltshire Drive and Berkeley Road, near the Avondale Lake.

In Decatur, city residents can participate in “Bring One For The Chipper” any day through Saturday, Jan. 7. Trees are only accepted at an Agnes Scott parking lot located “between 184 and 206 S. Candler St.”

To learn more about the “Bring One For The Chipper” event, click here.

For county residents, DeKalb County Sanitation Division is picking up Christmas trees at your curb, free of charge, through Jan. 17. Make sure to take any decorations and ornaments off. Trees cannot exceed seven feet tall.

The Sanitation Division will pick up on “regularly scheduled garbage, recycling and yard trimmings collection day.”

Take note of a shift in DeKalb County’s Residential Sanitation schedule, which has shifted to observe the New Year. To accommodate for the holiday, all residents’ scheduled days will be moved one day later this week.

In other words, anyone who expected collection services on Tuesdays will be served on Wednesday instead. Normal collection service days will resume on Monday, Jan. 9.

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