When Santa Clause comes to town and checks his list twice, he knows if you've been naughty or nice, but does he know if you properly dispose of your Christmas tree?
Ah, a question that may have passed your mind after all that eggnog guzzling, gift wrapping and undecorating -- a task which most homes are faced with after Dec. 26th rolls around.
Still in the spirit of giving?
Every year, Dublin Boy Scout Troop 905 holds a holiday tree pickup/recycling fundraiser in your neighborhood with a $5 donation. James Harper, an Eagle Scout and resident of Dublin praises the troops' dedication.
"I'm familiar with the community service efforts of the Boy Scouts and I know how important these programs are to the development of the kids involved. Boy Scouts rely on the generosity of the community and fundraising efforts such as this to support their success," he said.
Reservations are required for the pickups and are taken until January. If you'd like to help support Dublin's Boy Scout Troop 905, all other info can be found on their website.
AVI (Amador Valley Industries) will come by on your service day and pick up your trees starting Dec. 26th through Jan. 6th. Most cities have pickups available through residential garbage services.
James Young of Livermore explains he "feels an obligation to properly handle disposal responsibly, not just throwing it into a landfill somewhere."
If you want to recycle your tree in your organics cart, you must make sure all limbs and the trunk is cut down so the lid closes all the way. Your organics cart will be picked up on your regular service day.
For any non-recyclable trees including flocked or tinseled, please call (925) 479-9545 for pickup.
For other resources in your area on what to do with your tree, Earth911 has some drop off and pick ups for Tri-Valley residents and beyond. Simply type in your zip code, city or state to find alternative options.
There are tons of ways to dispose of your tree that allow you to continue giving back to your community, recycle and reduce dumping. Or you could take the reusable approach and do what Cat Stranahan-Coakley of Dublin does and "box [it] up till next year."