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Time to get rid of those Christmas trees, here's where you can do just that
Time to get rid of those Christmas trees, here's where you can do just that

 

While the weather outside remains frightful, the fire delightful, the tree in your living room might be seeming more and more ridiculous the further away Dec. 25 becomes. But, good news, Spokane-area residents have plenty of options in getting rid of that festive fir.

If you live in a single-family home in the city of Spokane, you have a number of options, but the most convenient would be to drop it off on your regularly-scheduled pickup day with the rest of your trash – if the tree is taller than 6 feet, the city requires you to cut it in half. Waste Management will stop offering this service Jan. 18.

Apartment buildings need to schedule a pickup of the building's trees through Solid Waste Management, which can be reached at (509) 625-7878.

Cheney residents can drop off their Christmas trees at the Recycling Center, but with stricter restrictions than the city. If the tree is between 3 and 5 feet it must be cut in half. If it is over 5 feet, it must be cut in thirds. Also, customers will be charged the equivalent of an extra bag of trash, according to a news release from the city.

Spokane County residents can take their “undecorated, unflocked” trees to a few destinations: The Waste-to-Energy at 2900 S. Geiger Blvd.; the Spokane Valley Transfer Station at 3941 N. Sullivan Road; and the North Side Transfer Station at 22123 Elk-Chattaroy Road. Disposal at these destinations will result in a $5 minimum charge depending on the size of the tree.

The city also suggests you look out for charity groups running recycling initiatives: You can drop off your Christmas Tree at Ferris High School's (3020 E. 37th Ave.) Regal parking lot on Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Also, check with your local Boy Scout troop to see if they are planning anything.

If you live far away from any of the aforementioned locations, several wood recycling places said they would most likely accept your tree for little-to-no-charge, including – but not limited to – Busy Bee Wood Recycling at 14910 W. Craig Rd., in Spokane. 

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