Christmas Tree Disposal in Lake Forest

How and when you can send that noble tree to the trash.

Once Christmas is over, what's to be done with that tree? Waste Management of Orange County has a plan:

From Dec. 26-Jan. 1, 2013, you can leave your undecorated tree at the curb near your trash cans on your regular pickup day. Make sure that all decorations—lights, tinsel and ornaments—and the tree stand are off of it. If your tree is taller than 6 feet, it must be cut in half.

Flocked trees will be collected but not recycled. 

Another option for residents is cutting their trees and putting them in the waste bin during or after holiday tree collection. For more information, click here.

JustUs December 26, 2012 at 06:34 PM
It seems such a shame to cut down a beautiful little tree only so a consumer and put it in his home for less than a month. I bet it takes years and years for a tree to grow to 6 feet tall. Heck, it took me practically 16 years to get there. Why don't people just buy an artificial tree and use it year after year instead of encouraging the slaughter of millions of these little buggers that would be so charming lining our hills and meadows? And they also help clean our air. Oh, and btw, I am no liberal. Not by a long shot. But I have a deep respect not just for human life - but for all life. We should take only what we need to survive as a species and leave the rest alone. Ok. Now I am braced for arguments and attacks. :)
MisturChips December 26, 2012 at 09:44 PM
We have used an artificial tree for several years, now. It is cleaner, easier to manage, and stores neatly in its box on a shelf throughout the year when we aren't using it. There's something about the scent of a real tree, though I don't miss vacuuming needles for weeks on end...
Fred Jones December 27, 2012 at 01:06 AM
The majority of Christmas trees are planted and grown specifically for their end use. It's a renewable business no different than growing vegetables.... It's a farming industry Recycling also extends their use beyond Christmas. It's your perogitive to buy artificial or a real tree. I will always have a fresh tree because I love the tradition, the aromatics and the aesthetics. I do love nature and the great outdoors (plus I'm and avid camper). This has nothing to do with our parks and forests. Furthermore, we have enough regulations and restrictions in this state. It would be absurd to get rid of an entire industry that poses absolutely no negative impact on the environment.
MisturChips December 27, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Certainly, Mr. Jones! I drive past the lot on my Santiago commute almost every day - the smell is enticing, however the cost and hassle are what kept us from dealing with it after the first couple (We live in an upstairs condo - a definite detractor!). If cost, logistics, and cleanup weren't issues, a 'real' tree would be in our home each year. I do recall if the tree is properly cleaned, they are fed to elephants(?) at the local zoo, too!


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