Our Christmas tradition is that the tree comes down on January second. That leaves a dead, dried up evergreen shedding needles all over my carpet as well as the problem of what to do with it now.
When we lived on the farm, that was easy. Firewood, here we come. However, not only do I not live in the country anymore, we don’t have a fireplace. There aren’t many days you need one in Southern California.
At first, the trash company for Simi Valley allowed us to just lay the tree out next to the barrels after we took it down. That was easy, then all I had to do was vacuum and sweep the needles up off the walkway. Unfortunately, the went to an automated system a few years ago and we don’t get to do that anymore.
There are two ways to dispose of your tree in our town. You can take it to the dump yourself, or you have to cut it up and put it into the yard waste barrel. I have to admit, that gets harder every year.
The good news is that the manner of disposal in place here in Simi is totally green. All the trees are turned into mulch and recycled. Recycling the trees keeps them out of the landfill and back into circulation as another product. Not a bad Christmas present for the planet.