Nothing gives the holiday feel like a fresh-cut Christmas tree. These holiday trees can fill a rental home with the aroma and beauty of the outdoors. Its very smell brings back the good memories of holidays past. And when it’s decorated with lights and ornaments, it becomes one of the iconic symbols of Christmas. However, when the holidays are over, it becomes a bit of a hassle. A lot of Rolesville tenants would have to face the question of how to properly dispose of their tree. Dry pine needles are a fire hazard, so once you’ve taken down the decorations and ornaments, you have to remove your Christmas tree from the property as soon as you can. The hurdle here is that most dumpsters and general trash pick-ups won’t accept Christmas trees, so you can’t simply toss it out to dispose of it. Below, we’ll take a look at several safe and legal ways renters can properly dispose of their Christmas trees.
The first thing you can do to dispose of a Christmas tree is to check your city’s website or the website of your local waste removal company. These days, with the internet being ubiquitous, virtually all cities and towns have their own websites that have helpful information for residents. Now, when the holiday season arrives, they usually update it with information about specific, city-run programs designed for Christmas tree removal. Local waste removal companies do the same thing with their websites. There are places that have a list of local drop-off locations; for others, they may offer curbside pickup or even have someone shred your tree for mulch.
If your town has a list of drop-off locations, this can very well be one of the easiest ways to get rid of your Christmas tree. To find the location that best suits you, just do an internet search. It’s quick and easy. After you’ve chosen a location, what’s left is to take your tree there. If you want to do it yourself, do use a tree bag to protect your walls and floors from scratches and to keep dead pine needles from making a mess.
In some areas, the local yard waste removal company can arrange to have your tree picked up; there are even others that turn your tree into mulch right outside your home. With either of these services, you would typically need to make a special request on or before a specific date, and some may cost you a little extra on your trash removal bill that month. If either of these two options is available, get all the relevant information you can— including any related fees— before scheduling the service.
Outside of the services that your city provides or that of a local waste removal company, there are other options to dispose of a Christmas tree. One option is to hire someone to chop your tree up into firewood. There are several organizations that accept donated Christmas trees for use in environmental recovery projects. The good thing about this option is that many of these projects aim to reduce beach erosion or create habitats for wildlife using donated trees.
There is one option that you should never consider, and that is to burn your Christmas tree on the property. It’s only a proper option if you have a wood-burning fireplace and if your tree has been cut into firewood. Otherwise, it’s very dangerous to light a dry pine tree on fire. It may cause injury to yourself or even damage or destroy your Rolesville rental property – and all your personal belongings with it.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that it takes less than 60 seconds for a Christmas tree fire to set an entire house ablaze. Even if you have successfully burned your tree without taking the house with it, there’s a high chance that the fire damaged the yard or other parts of the property. This may mean, at a minimum, that you’d have to pay fines or lose your security deposit.
The proper disposal of your Christmas tree is no laughing matter. It should be taken seriously. By doing the proper research and getting the right information, you can select the best method that gets the job done and, at the same time, makes sure you and your rental home stay safe.
At Real Property Management Raleigh, we understand the demands of life and that you can’t always stay on top of everything while going about your business and personal life. Our team of Rolesville property managers is ready to help you in that aspect. We take care of all tenant communication, including educating them on important aspects like Christmas tree removal. Contact us or call us at 919-481-0008 today.
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