This year, after the presents are opened and the ornaments are removed from the once-sparkling Christmas tree, Waste Management of the Inland Empire invites residents to recycle their tree.“Christmas trees can do more than brighten children’s hearts this holiday season,” said Julie Reyes of Waste Management. “Trees can be recycled and given back to nature in the form of mulch.”
Residents in the following cities/areas may conveniently recycle their tree by placing it inside their green waste container:
• Moreno Valley
• Communities in unincorporated Riverside County and San Bernardino County
For residents in the following cities, tree collection will take place on customers’ scheduled collection day from December 26 through January 14. Residents may recycle their tree by placing it inside their green waste cart or at the curb. For the weeks of December 23 and December 30, collection will be delayed one day for customers normally serviced Wednesday through Friday:
• Jurupa Valley
City of Murrieta and City of Chino residents may recycle their trees during the first two weeks following Christmas on customers’ scheduled collection day from December 30 through January 10. Trees will be collected at the curb and may be picked-up by special bed trucks. For the week of December 30, collection will be delayed one day for customers normally serviced Wednesday through Friday.
Residents in all service cities/areas are asked to remove decorations, including tinsel, lights, ornaments and tree stands from their tree. In addition, trees higher than 5 feet must be cut in half. Residents are reminded that flocked trees cannot be recycled. They will be collected by the trash collector.
For the creative recycler, here are other ideas for repurposing your tree:
· Bird feeders: Place the Christmas tree in the garden or backyard and use it as a bird feeder and sanctuary. Fresh orange slices or strung popcorn will attract the birds and they can sit in the branches for shelter.
· Mulch: A Christmas tree is biodegradable; its branches can be removed, chipped, and used as mulch in the garden.
· Living, rooted trees: Of course, you can get a rooted tree and then plant it in your yard after Christmas.
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