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Growing Concerns: Christmas trees can give enjoyment right through spring

Pat and Pastor Pete’s first Christmas tree Pat and Pastor Pete’s first Christmas tree
Russell Knight | 04 January, 2019, 02:40

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

There are few things more forlorn than discarded balsam firs littering the snowbanks of the city post-New Year's Day.

In front of City Hall Thursday morning, city officials threw Christmas trees into a chipper as they have done so in the last several years to encourage residents to allow Recology to recycle their trees instead of dumping the trees elsewhere.

According to a Facebook post, a year ago ACR picked up 20 trees and was able to donate $169 to the animal shelter, along with many bags of blankets, sheets, pet food and other items to help out the animals in need.

Some municipalities pick up the trees on a regular basis through January, and others don't, leaving the task to private contractors.

Of course, trees are not the only leftover waste after Christmas, and much of it can be recycled.

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.

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Niskayuna's Highway Department will pick up trees through January 31. That is wonderful, but have you thought about how you could use the tree in your own garden?

Christmas tree pickup does not apply to commercial businesses and apartment complexes, Armstrong said.

Remove all decorations, stands, wires, nails, etc. from your tree.

Residents will need to cut trees in half that are taller than 6 feet.

It is best not to keep a natural tree up for too long, regardless of how badly one wants to keep the holiday spirit alive.

Michel Dubuc tends to his Christmas trees at the Atwater Market.

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