Dear Ida B. Green,
We were very cost- and environmentally conscious this year and got our tree from the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. After Christmas, what is the greenest way to dispose of it?
I hope your season was cheered by both the search for the perfect tree and its piney aroma throughout your celebrations.
In the valley, we have several easy and good recycling options for your tree disposal depending on your locations.
· In Ketchum: Drop off your tree (after removing all decorations) at the north end of the YMCA parking lot until Jan. 10.
· In Sun Valley: Put the tree out with your curbside pickup on the last Tuesday of December or the first Tuesday of January.
· In Hailey, Bellevue or Blaine County (and those who keep their trees up until Valentine's Day): Take your clean tree to the Ohio Gulch center at no charge. Or, better yet, carpool your tree with neighbors' trees and save a bit more on gas.
No matter how it gets to Ohio Gulch, remember to remove all tinsel, lights, decorations, etc., so the tree can be mulched for use next spring by local gardeners. That allows you some really good economic and environmental choices this holiday season. And remember, dumping your tree on a roadside or empty lot is never a good disposal or recycling option.
Easy to be Green,