How to get rid of your Christmas tree in Baltimore County

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City crews will collect trees placed at the curbs along residential waste collection routes.

If December is the month for Christmas trees inside the house, January is the month for leaving them at the curb.

Christmas lights and decorations must be removed from the trees prior to their drop-off.

Recycled trees will be chipped and used as mulch, the website says.

Each tree collected will be turned into soil improver or compost in an attempt to prevent more waste heading to landfill. Each tree placed for collection after January 11 will replace one bag of trash in the contractor's normal six-bag limit.

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Global sales of Canada's trees raked in $43 million in 2016, with 93 per cent of those sales going to the U.S. Some trees make it as far as France, the Philippines and Australia. To help spread mulch in tree beds throughout the city during Mulchfest and insulate the city's young trees from the cold weather, register here.

CORRECTIONAn earlier version of the headline incorrectly stated the start of the Christmas tree pick-up.

If you are throwing out an artificial Christmas tree larger than four feet, you must schedule a bulk pickup appointment.

If you need to get rid of your tree after January 11, you can still take it to a Regional Facility, but fees will apply.

Officials estimate it would cost up to $85 million to replace beach sand and dunes lost to Florence, but Christmas trees are a free and natural way to replace lost sand. Pickup dates will vary, so residents should set their trees out by Saturday, Jan. 19, to make sure they are collected. Single-family residences may place excess holiday trash/recyclables in bags alongside their containers on collection day. "They'll end up packed in a snowbank, or they'll get iced in".

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