The New Year is upon us, which means it’s time to sweep out the Old Year — especially that Christmas tree that’s still hanging around.
Here’s how to get rid of a Christmas tree depending on where you live in the Tampa Bay region.
First, remember to remove all holiday decorations from the tree — lights, ornaments, tree stands and plastic tree disposal bags — before tossing it.
If there are decorations that are disposable, put them in the regular trash bin, not the recycling bin.
When you get rid of your tree depends on where you live. This alphabetical list has the instructions you need depending on where you live (click on the blue to visit your local website for more information):
Residents should set them on the curb but separate from garbage and recyclables. Christmas trees should not be put in a black barrel or inside plastic bags.
Apartment and condominium dwellers can place their trees near the garbage dumpsters at their complexes. Then, they should call (727) 562-4920 to set up a collection date.
Artificial tree segments under four-feet and everything else that needs to be thrown out should be done so on regular trash days.
Chop up those trees into sections no larger than four feet long and six inches in diameter.
Residents can also drop their trees at yard waste processing facilities at these three locations.
Residents’ Christmas trees are chipped and recycled as mulch for trails and planting beds in the county's parks.
Pinellas County residents can also look for the closest solid waste disposal site to drop off their trees by entering their zip code into this county website.
For more information, go to www.pinellascounty.org/solidwaste or call (727) 464-7500.
If you live in a house, put your tree outside before 7 a.m. in the same location where the trash is usually collected.
Do not put it inside recycling containers and make sure not to lean it against electrical poles, trash containers or water meters.
Apartment and condominium dwellers should check with their building’s management for the right time to put the tree out.
Residents who cannot put their tree out on Jan. 11 can drop it off at one of the city’s brush sites or arrange for a pick-up by calling the sanitation department at (727) 893-7398.
The brush sites are open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. seven days a week, except New Year’s Day. Bring your photo ID and water bill for proof of residency.
Remember to cut tree limbs into four feet lengths, then bundle and place them curbside on regularly scheduled yard waste collection day.