Dispose, repurpose real Christmas trees

Published 11:24 am Wednesday, December 27, 2023

BROOKHAVEN — Christmas is behind us and all residents are left is bags of wrapping paper, empty boxes and real Christmas trees needing to be disposed of. Arrow Disposal Services set up dumpsters around the city to help accomodate for extra waste this week until Tuesday.

Trash will run one day behind the normal schedule in Brookhaven and Lincoln County from December 25 to January 1.

Brookhaven residents can leave their live Christmas trees by the road for Brookhaven’s Solid Waste Department to pickup. Lincoln County residents have a few other options to consider in discarding their live Christmas trees.

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The trees can be placed in your yard to provide a shelter to song birds and small mammals. They can be thrown in a brush pile and burned when it is safe to do so.  Be warned, conifers typically burn well so it might be best to chop it up or have water on hand. Another option is to drop the tree in your pond to be structure for fish. Christmas trees can continue to serve a purpose long after the holiday season comes to an end.

Lincoln County residents who decide to burn any trash from the holidays should take precaution when doing so. Always check the weather before burning as gusty winds could carry embers and start fires in other places.