There's nothing like the excitement of decorating and unwrapping presents by the tree. But once Christmas comes and goes, it may be tempting to quickly toss the tree to the curb with the empty boxes and ripped wrapping paper.
To avoid making a mess and having needles in the carpet, tree experts suggest purchasing a tree disposal bag from a local hardware store and carting it out in the bag.
But before you do, Annapolis and Anne Arundel County have some guidelines for you to follow when disposing of your tree.
The city will collect Christmas trees, natural wreaths and garlands from residents on their normal yard trimmings pickup day. To locate your yard trimmings schedule, click here.
The city asks that all trees taller than 4 feet be cut in half, so they will fit into the contractor's truck.
Annapolis plans to shred the greens and use them in the city's gardens.
Anne Arundel County:
Christmas trees, natural garland and wreaths will be collected on your regular recycling day and should be placed outside by 6 a.m.
Like the city of Annapolis, the county also chips these materials into mulch, which it uses as a soil covering, according to the county's website.
County residents can also bring their tree to one of the following convenience centers.
- Glen Burnie Convenience Center—100 Dover Rd., Glen Burnie on Monday thru Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m
- Millersville Convenience Center—389 Burns Crossing Rd., Severn on Monday thru Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Sudley Convenience Center—5400 Nutwell Sudley Rd., Deale on Tuesday thru Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.