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December 31, 2013 > Compost your Christmas tree

Compost your Christmas tree

Submitted By the City of Fremont

Christmas is over, the presents are unwrapped, and the treeÕs still up. What do you do with the dried out tree? Each year, Fremont residents buy thousands of Christmas trees that end up in landfills if they are not properly composted. How can you make a difference? You can reduce the environmental impact during the holiday season by planting and decorating a live tree, using an artificial (reusable) tree, or composting your cut tree at the end of the season.

Composting is an easy and environmentally friendly way of disposing your Christmas trees. First, take off all decorations. Note that fire retardant or flocked trees are not compostable. Then, prepare your tree for curbside service pick-up. If the tree is over six feet in length, cut it in half. If the tree is less than six feet, place it in the gutter on your designated collection day. If youÕd like to place the tree in your green organics cart from Republic Services, instead of leaving it in the gutter, make sure to cut the tree in pieces so it fits loosely in the cart. If you have Republic Services curbside tree pick-up questions, call (510) 657-3500.

Another curbside option is the Boy Scout Troop pick-up. To make pick-up arrangements with the Boy Scouts, either mail in a check or money order (along with the form) before January 2, or call the City of Fremont Environmental Hotline at (510) 494-4580. There is a $5 compostable and $10 non-compostable fee. Print Boy Scout Troop pick-up forms out by visiting, www.fremont.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/4170.

If youÕd like to drop-off your tree at the Republic Services Center, there is no fee unless itÕs decorated or non-compostable. The non-compostable fee is $5. The Republic Services Center is located at 42600 Boyce Road, Fremont.

If youÕre a tree lot operator or live in a multi-family residence, visit www.fremont.gov/civicalerts.aspx?AID=524 for more options.

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