Some people get sad when they de-Christmas their house, but for me it signals the start of a new year. Plus, removing the Christmas tree from the living room gives us back much needed living and walking space and makes the house feel bigger, so there’s a sense of return to normalcy in that regard.
DC Department of Public Works will be collecting trees separate from trash and recycling throughout the District through January 12. If you have a once-live tree, simply place the tree where you normally have trash collection. Make sure to remove all lights and ornaments, and do not bag or bundle the tree. In addition to firs and pines, undecorated holiday wreaths and roping will also be collected. Greens and trees removed by January 12 will be mulched. In the past this mulch has been used for flower beds in traffic islands and small parks around the city.
Trees left out after January 12 will be collected as space permits in the regular trash trucks.