Now that Christmas is over, what is the best way to dispose of your Christmas tree without making a mess in your home? The best thing to do is to recycle your Christmas tree so that you are able to accomplish a two-fold purpose: 1) get rid of the clutter; and 2) make a positive ecological contribution while you are at it. Here are several for a no mess Christmas tree disposal:

  1. Remove all decorative materials on the tree. Whether these are ornaments, Christmas lights, tinsel, candy cane, or what have you, be sure to remove everything on the tree prior to disposing of it.
  2. Bust out the vacuum cleaner. Whether you have a live Christmas tree or an artificial one, a few pine needles are bound to find their way on your carpets or on your floor. As you remove your Christmas tree from your home, be sure to vacuum the affected areas afterwards.
  3. Hire a cleaning service to help out with the job. Perhaps a loved one has gifted you with a cleaning service gift card for Christmas. This is the perfect time to use it. If not, treat yourself to one. It’s the holiday season—enjoy it. A cleaning service can help you out with disposing of your Christmas tree, and maybe they can even do the job for you.
  4. Research drop-off locations. Perhaps your local neighbourhood has designated drop-off locations for used Christmas trees. If not, you can also research nonprofits that do the same. Some of them even offer to pick up the trees.
  5. Never burn your tree. This is a very important tip to keep in mind as Christmas trees often contain a high amount of flammable turpentine oils. If you want to go this route, leave the job to the experts.
  6. Cut the tree into pieces. If you do not wish to donate your tree or to have it burnt, another option is to cut it into little pieces and stick it into the green bin. It will be treated the way other plants are.