UTICA, N.Y. -- Christmas is over, and locals are beginning to take down their Christmas decorations.
Some put them away until next year, but to those who have unwanted decorations, how do you get rid of them? Experts tell us to recycle them.
"Christmas tree recycling for us is very important, what we do is we ask locals to contact their municipality, a lot of them already have programs in place to collect Christmas trees for them. If not, you can bring them right here to the Utica facility and we will recycle them through the composting process. The only thing we ask is that you remove all tinsel, decorations, lighting." said the director of recycling at the Oneida Herkimer Waste Authority.
Based on what we have seen so far this year, countless homes have been lost due to Christmas tree fires. Keeping a dry tree in your house for too long then is not only a bad idea, it’s a significant fire hazard.
If you live outside of the Utica area, you may be charged a fee for bringing your tree to the Utica location.
"So typically, if you live in the city Utica its already covered in your garbage disposal fee or your collection fee. So, say you missed garbage day and you bring it here because you don't want to wait that extra week. If you live outside of the municipality and you bring it here its actually the minimum green waste fee which is five dollars." said Albright
To avoid this charge, simply bring your ID with you to prove that you are a Utica resident.
There are some decorations that you can and cannot put in your recycle bin. Cardboard boxes, catalogs, gift boxes, and wrapping paper all can be disposed of in your recycling bin.
Anything electronic, live Christmas trees, shopping bags, and rechargeable batteries cannot be recycled.
Drop off Locations:
Utica Eco Drop: 80 Leland Ave, Utica NY
Rome Eco Drop: 575 Perimeter Road, Rome NY