Dec 26, 2013 5:40 PM by KSBY Staff
Christmas trees can dry out quickly and become fire hazards.
Firefighters say the best way to avoid a fire is to throw the trees away, and some local cities are making that a little easier.
In Paso Robles, people can bring their bare tree to the lot on 4th and Pine streets from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The City will dispose of them for free.
The last day to drop off the trees is January 10.
Paso Robles will grind the trees into mulch, which can be also picked up for free.
In Atascadero, trees can also be cut up and put in the green waste dumpster for normal pickup, or trees can be taken to waste management and placed in a roll-off dumpster there. Trees need to be free of all ornaments, flocking, and stands.
In San Luis Obispo, people can have their trees taken away with their green waste.
The garbage company will pick it up, but the trees need to be cut into three-foot pieces.
People in the Five Cities Area can cut their trees in half and put them in the green waste container.
Christmas trees will be collected in Santa Maria the week of January 6.
Santa Barbara County residents who use waste management will also be able to have their trees removed.
The trees need to be put at least three feet away from trash containers on the regularly scheduled pick-up day.
Trees must be free of all stands, tinsel and ornaments.
Flocked trees will not be accepted.
To find out when Christmas trees are being picked up in your area, call your local utilities department or garbage company.
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