Ok. Christmas is over. Time to dump those trees. Let's do it quickly, now. Those dried out trees are a big fire hazard.
Yeah, I know. Some people feel they have to wait until after January 1 to dump their trees but, might I suggest you think about the safety of your home and family and get rid of the tree today?
You can get rid of your tree for free in most areas. I know Eureka's City Garbage takes them for free up until January 6. If for some reason you can't take it there yourself, they'll pick it up for a fee, as will various charitable organizations.
No excuse for not getting the tree to a recycling center. You got it to your house, didn't you? Amazing how people seem to have no problem getting the tree to their house but for some reason seem unable to get rid of it. Do it now, folks, before too much time goes by.
I got nailed once because someone took too long in getting rid of a Christmas tree. I haul off my customer's trees for free, at least while they're still being accepted for free by City Garbage.
One time I went by a gal's house on Carson Street in Eureka. She'd finally hauled her tree out and it was laying beside her house. I figured I'd make her real happy by hauling it to the dump for her.
That tree probably wasn't over eight feet tall but it was REALLY heavy. Took me by surprise because it sure didn't look that heavy. But I managed to get it into the back of my truck and drove straight to City Garbage with it. It was so wide it took up the whole bed of the truck so I had to get rid of it ASAP.
I drive up to City Garbage and didn't see the bin they were supposed to have out for Christmas trees. I went to the scale and asked about it. They stopped accepting trees for free the day before. Eeeghads!!! Now I was stuck with this big, heavy tree.
I drove home trying to decide what to do with it, trying to come up with some creative solution. In the end, all I could do was take it back to City Garbage and pay to dump it as green waste. Talk about adding insult to injury to a guy that hates Christmas anyway.
So, take heed and get rid of your trees today or by the end of the week at the latest.
Oh, and while you're going to dump the tree, have the rest of your housemates take down all the lights and other Christmas decorations. Please. Enough is enough.