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How to properly dispose of your Christmas tree

Posted: 10:34 PM, Jan 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-07 23:34:32-05

For the second straight year, the City of Corpus Christi is providing curb-side pick up of your Christmas tree here at the end of the holiday season.

“We were noticing that there was a decline in the number of natural trees that were being purchased,” Solid Waste Services Education Outreach Coordinator Celina Pulcher said in explaining the return to curb-side service following years of not providing it.

The city is divided into 13 areas, and solid waste workers will reach all of them by the end of next month. Their pick up schedule is posted on the city’s website. All you have to do is sit your tree out on the curb with your trash during your neighborhood’s assigned time period. The only other stipulation is the condition in which you leave your tree.

“We do get some trees that have lights on them still, ornaments, and we ask you to take all of that off,” Pulcher said.

The trees go to the J.C. Elliott Collection Center to be mulched. You can haul your tree to that landfill yourself as well. The landfill will accept trees for free from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

“The best place is to take it to the J.C. Elliott Collection Center,” Pulcher said. “There’s an area that you can get in right away.”

It’s a good option for people who live in condominiums and apartments who don’t have the luxury of curb-side pick up. Condo-dweller Betsy Bazan says even that’s too much of a hassle, and it’s part of the reason she went with an artificial Christmas tree for the first time this year.

“Kind of a little bit of a nightmare, because we’d have to get it all the way down the steps and find somewhere to dispose of it,” Bazan said. “Our dumpster really doesn’t provide those kids of services for us.”