Done with your Christmas tree? Kick it to the curb

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By Becca Owsley

Christmas is over, the presents have been unwrapped, the tinsel’s lost its luster: What do you do with the tree that’s dying in your living room?

In parts of Hardin County there’s an easy solution. Just kick your tree to the curb.

For Elizabethtown the process is the same for regular year round brush pick up. Place the tree by the road like usual brush disposal the night before your pick up time and the city will pick it up.

Mike Reynolds of the public works department said city crews recycle brush and trees into mulch.

Borders Disposal, which handles Vine Grove’s usual disposal, picks up trees on customers’ regular service schedule, said Cary Broussard, a Vine Grove city employee.

In Radcliff, it’s the same story. Just leave your tree out for the regular trash pick up.

Bob Hall, Hardin County solid waste coordinator, said residents living in rural areas dispose of trees on their own. He added that if there's a pond on your property tossing the tree in it can create valuable fish shelters for their underwater habitat.

Louisville has tree recycling centers for urban residents to turn trees into mulch and mulch not taken by residents is used in city plant beds.

When removing the tree, make sure to take off all ornaments and the tree stand and try to get it out of the house with as little mess as possible. The website www.pickyourownchristmastree.org suggests special bags designed for this purpose. But they are easier to use when placed under the tree when it’s first brought in the house. During the holidays, the bags can hide under a tree skirt and then be pulled over the tree when it’s time to remove it. The site also advises sweeping up needles left in the house because they could clog up a vacuum cleaner.

Covering a tree in plastic before removing it helps reduce the needle mess.

One tip most Christmas tree sites stress is not to burn any part of a Christmas tree in a wood stove or fireplace because it can contribute to creosote buildup.

Elizabethtown brush pick up schedule

Monday – Area west of U.S. 31W, north of St. John Road and all areas southeast of CSX Railroad

Tuesday – Area west of U.S. 31W, south of St. John Road and north of the CSX Railroad

Wednesday – Area east of U.S. 31W and north of North Miles Street

Thursday – Area north of U.S. 31W, east of North Miles Street and north and west of the CSX Railroad.

Becca Owsley can be reached at (270) 505-1741 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.