How to Dispose of A Christmas Tree

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - It's sad to say, but the time has come to take down your holiday decorations and Christmas trees. 

News Channel 5s Camila Barco shows us the best way to dispose of a live tree --as all of the KREX staff took down a Christmas tree. 

In with the new, out with the old. The holidays may be over, but Christmas trees still have much more work to do. 

Before composting of a tree, there are a few steps you should follow to be correctly thrown out.

"All the tensils are off, all the ornaments are off --those things don't compost very well," said Solid Waste Director, Barrett Jensen. 

After undressing the tree, don't throw the tree in the trash or burn it, chop it up --with safety precautions of course. 

Make sure your tree is cut down to the appropriate size. 

"We have a stipulations on logs, it can't be greater than 6 feet or 30 inches in diameter."

After all is said and cut down, drive to the Mesa County's Compost Facility to make use of your waste. 

"It's supposed to be broken down, it's suppose to decompose properly and that's what we're doing. We're expediting the process."

Although it may look like just a pile of trees, the waste is used for much more. 

"We put it through our grinder, turn it into a mulch, and then eventually we'll put it into what are called windrows. We'll babysit those windrows for a while and those microorganisms. We just let the process move at a rapid rate, screen it into a final product, and sell it back a soil amendment."

So next time you think about throwing away your tree in the trash, turn it into the compost facility at the Solid Waste Management. 

They will be taking trees from Tuesday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

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