How to get rid of your Christmas tree in Baltimore County

Andrew Cummings
January 4, 2019

The time has come for Robeson County and Lumberton residents to begin discarding their live Christmas trees.

The City of York will be collecting Christmas trees from Wednesday through Friday, January 11, the city announced Monday. All lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments, nails, stands and other non-organic decorative materials or other materials that are not part of the original tree are to be removed before the tree is placed at the curb. First, however, tree owners should strip all tinsel, lights and other decorations from the trees before hauling them to one of almost two-dozen locations that will be open for recycling.

Residents will need to cut trees in half that are taller than 6 feet. Residents are advised to place their tree at curbside during a 2-week period after Christmas Day on your collection day.

Seven million Christmas trees lit up our living rooms this December, and the good news is that more of us than ever before are planning to recycle our trees after the festivities in some very creative ways. To help spread mulch in tree beds throughout the city during Mulchfest and insulate the city's young trees from the cold weather, register here.

Read the Woodland Trust's tips for recycling your Christmas tree here. SFBay regrets the error.

Michel Dubuc tends to his Christmas trees at the Atwater Market. Remaining trees will be collected as regular household waste.

Each council has different advice on how to get rid of your tree, with some offering drop-off recycling points as well as the opportunity for it to be collected.

County Waste will make a single collection sweep through the town of Ballston on January 17 for all residents, and will do a collection in Wilton on January 23 for County Waste customers only. These trees are chipped and used as compost.

In Halfmoon, the County Waste collection will be January 14-15, but it will be for County Waste's residential customers only.

The municipal collections are weather-dependent. They signal the end of a happy holiday season, the death of a short but productive arboreal life and, for some, an environmental waste.

The trees will be taken to a landfill in Saddletree to be grounded into mulch.

"There were a few years, from 2004 to 2014, where it was very hard for us - we were selling trees below the cost of production, because we had a surplus", he said. "Then we just have to wait until it thaws out".

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