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Think Green: How to stay off the naughty list when getting rid of your Christmas tree

Posted at 1:16 PM, Dec 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-06 16:19:07-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Kern County Public Works has reminded residents to recycle their Christmas trees!

County officials are providing free recycling and composting options and have listed ways you can stay off their naughty list even after Christmas:

1) In the metro-Bakersfield area, residents can place Christmas trees into their GREEN WASTE CONTAINER as long as the tree is cut into small pieces and the container lid is completely closed. Whole trees are not accepted. The garbage hauler will take it to the Mount Vernon Green Waste Recycling Facility. It’s that simple. Not in Metro Bakersfield? Check with your hauler to see what options are available!

2) Residents can self-haul whole Christmas trees to one of 23 drop-off locations throughout Kern County (see attached list) from December 26, 2019 to January 10, 2020.

3) Compost at Home! Your Christmas tree can be cut up and used in your own compost pile as part of your healthy compost mix. Make sure it is free of flocking or other contaminants!

For residents wanting to drop-off their trees, below is a list of locations. Don’t forget to remove all ornaments, lights, and the tree stand prior to dropping off your Christmas tree.