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How and when to recycle your Christmas tree in Boston

Boston.com logo Boston.com 12/30/2019 Arianna MacNeill
a person in a dark room with smoke and fire: Fireworks explode near the tree during the annual Christmas tree lighting in the Boston Common in Boston, MA, December 3, 2015. © Keith Bedford/Globe Staff Fireworks explode near the tree during the annual Christmas tree lighting in the Boston Common in Boston, MA, December 3, 2015.

Christmas is now just a fond memory, and some may already be in the process of dismantling decorations.

Though heaving your Christmas tree out of your home may seem like an unceremonious end to the holiday season, the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services advises using local Christmas tree recycling programs, and removing the tree “promptly.”

“A dried-out Christmas tree will ignite quickly and spread a fire very fast,” State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey said in a press release. Your city or town’s Department of Public Works or local recycling committee should know when tree recycling begins, the release said.

In Boston, trees are picked up during the first two weeks of January. If your neighborhood has two recycling days per week, you should place your tree on the curb on your first recycling day. The trees are shredded into compost, according to the city’s website.

Cambridge residents can put their trees out on their trash day between Jan. 6 through Jan. 17. Trees can also be brought to the city’s recycling center, according to Cambridge Public Works.

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