Dump your Christmas tree, save your house from fire


That dying Christmas tree cramping your post-holiday style in your living room? It's not only turning ugly as we speak, it's threatening to engulf your house in flames. Particularly if you keep forgetting to water it.

So what to do with that dying Fraser Fur? We've got some help for you.

In Minneapolis, you can throw away your tree with the garbage through the end of January. If the tree is taller than 6 ft tall, cut it in half. Just place the tree next to the garbage bins for pick up.

Outside of Minneapolis, Hennepin County recommends contacting your trash pick up company about a pick up. Some companies charge a fee.

If you are interested in recycling your tree, you can also use this guide (PDF) to find a place to drop it off yourself for free to be recycled. Proof of residence required.


In St. Paul and Ramsey County, there are three compost sites that will take your trees for free if you have proof of your Ramsey County residence. The sites are open Jan. 10 and 11.

If none of those options sound reasonable, do it the easy way and throw it in the backyard. The wildlife will love you for it. And final no-duh reminder: Clean your tree of all tinsel, ornaments and all of the other Christmas vomit you display on it.