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Oh, Christmas Tree, Oh, Christmas Tree

December 29th, 2008 by Miss Kitty

What do we do with you after the holidays? Here’s the info from Seattle Public Utilities:

Between December 26 and January 11, Seattle residents can recycle their trees and greens for free. All residents can recycle up to three trees at Seattle’s Recycling and Disposal stations.
The tree sections must be cut to eight feet or less in length, and the trunk must be four inches or smaller in diameter. Only trees without flocking or decoration may be disposed of free of charge. You need to cut the tree into 6-foot-long or shorter sections, with branches trimmed to less than 4 feet. You should bind the tree with sisal string or twine.

And what do you do with all the lights? Do you have a suggestion for the “best way” to organize and store the strands? No, no, no! Do not even think about throwing them away and just buying new ones next season.

Try this:
-  Cut the wrapping paper rolls into two or three sections depending on the length of the roll.
-  Pull the outlet end of the light strand through the wrapping paper roll and out the other end.
-  Begin to coil the Christmas lights around the wrapping paper roll, continue coiling until you have wound it in its entirety. Plug the other end of the lights into the outlet. This will help to keep the lights secure.
If you have any extra bulbs, place them in a small bag and secure the end.
-  Tuck and tape the extra lights inside the wrapping paper roll for safe keeping.

Other ideas are welcome! Leave them here!

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