The holidays are over.... I know such a drag, and now it's time to take down all the decorations...and what to do with the gorgeous REAL Christmas tree...

Composting Christmas tree
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Here are some tips on how to properly recycle the tree and more importantly some prep steps you need to know:

Be sure to remove all  remove all lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments, nails, stands,  other NON-Organic decorative materials and other materials that are not part of the original tree. This includes tree stands also.  Flocked trees are usually accepted, but not artificial trees. Large trees (larger than the standard 6 - 7 ft tree) may need to be cut in half to be acceptable by your garbage hauler.

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