It's a sad part of the holiday season: disposing of your Christmas tree. Several Bay area counties have programs available to make parting ways with your twinkling tree as simple as possible.
Curbside pickup of live Christmas trees is available to County solid waste customers by following these steps:
1. Remove all decorations, lights and tinsel
2. Cut the tree into sections no larger than 4 feet long and 6 inches in diameter
3. Place curbside on your next yard waste collection day
Yard waste processing facilities:
Hillsborough County solid waste customers can skip the post-holiday blues of seeing their once-live Christmas tree sitting by the curb and spare the hassle and work of cutting the trees into smaller pieces for pickup by taking trees directly to a yard waste processing facility.
The sites are open Monday through Saturday (with the exception of holidays, such as Christmas Day and New Year's Day) from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Falkenburg Road/Resource Recovery Facility: 350 Falkenburg Road, Brandon. Phone: 813-744-5599
- South County: 13001 U.S. Highway 41, Gibsonton. Phone: 813-671-7611
- Northwest: 8001 W. Linebaugh Ave., Tampa. Phone: 813-264-3816
Customers should bring their current tax bill and proper identification to access the yard waste processing facilities, and be able to unload the trees themselves. Customers should also remove all decorations, lights and tinsel. Artificial trees are not accepted at the yard waste sites.
Non-county residential solid waste customers can dispose of yard waste by paying a tonnage fee.
For more information about Hillsborough County solid waste collection and disposal services, visit www.hillsboroughcounty.org/solidwaste, or call 813-272-5680.
Another idea is to chop or grind live Christmas trees and use as mulch around trees, shrubs and flower beds. For more information regarding recycling live Christmas trees, contact:
Lynn Barber, Florida-Friendly Landscaping Agent, Hillsborough County and UF-IFAS Extension, barberL@hillsboroughcounty.org, 813-744-5519 ext. 54105.
Drop off at the St. Petersburg brush sites:
Or put your tree out for curbside collection by Friday, 1/11/13, for pickup on 1/12. If your tree has not been picked up on 1/12, call 893-7398.
The following cities in Pinellas have Christmas tree recycling programs:
• Belleair: Curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. For more information, call 588-3769, ext. 401.
• Clearwater: Curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. For more information, call 562-4920.
• Dunedin: Curbside collection with yard waste on regular day from 12/26/12 - 1/9/13.
• Residents without curbside yard waste pickup can plan a pickup day with their association or property manager. For more information-, call 298-3215, ext. 1321.
• Gulfport: Curbside collection with yard waste on Wednesdays. For more information, call 893-1089.
• Indian Rocks Beach: Curbside collection with yard waste on Wednesdays. For more information, call 595-6889.
• Largo: Curbside collection with yard waste on regular day from 12/26/12 - 1/6/13. For more information, call 587-6760.
• Madeira Beach: Curbside collection with yard waste on Wednesdays. For more information, call 391-9951, ext. 229.
• Oldsmar: Drop off at 107 Shore Drive W., across from Park Blvd. Open from 12/26/12 - 1/11/13. For more information, call (813) 749-1266.
• Pinellas Park: Drop off at 12950 40th St. (residents only). For more information, call 541-0711.
• Safety Harbor: Curbside collection with yard waste on Wednesdays. For more information, call 724-1550.
• Tarpon Springs: Drop off at Yard Waste facility (898 S. Levis Ave.) for a fee or put out for curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. For more information, call 943-4837.
• Treasure Island: Curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. For more information, call 547-4575, ext. 253.
• Unincorporated Pinellas: Drop off at Pinellas County Solid Waste, 3095 114th Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Cost is $3 per load for a maxi-mum of 5 trees. For more information, call 464-7500.
From December 26, 2012 through January 6, 2013, you can drop off at the following locations:
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Trees are collected as normal yard waste, then they are recycled into mulch, according to Betty Cannons, with Polk County Waste Resources Management.
Here is a link for more information on trash pickup in Polk:
Christmas trees will be picked up on regularly scheduled yard waste day.
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According to the county's website, real Christmas trees will be picked up during the month of January on your yard waste collection day. All tinsel, ornaments, lights and tree stands must be removed, and trees should not be put in large plastic bags.
Christmas trees are collected on the regularly scheduled collection days, at no extra charge, during the first two weeks of January. Please remove all tree bags, ornaments, tinsel and stands. Hernando County Solid Waste Division then recycles the trees into mulch.