Recycle your Christmas tree

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File photo courtesy of the city of Paramount

It’s depressing to say it, but it must be said just the same. After the holidays, residents of Paramount who have Christmas trees can place them out at curbside for pickup. The trees will be recycled into mulch.

CalMet, the City’s refuse hauler, will pick up trees at no charge after Christmas from Dec. 26, 2019, through Jan. 17, 2020, for single-family residential accounts. Remove the stand and all the decorations, lights and tinsel, and do not wrap the tree or enclose it in a plastic bag. If the tree is four-feet-tall or less, you can put it in your green waste recycling barrel. For anything larger, just set it curbside on your normal garbage collection day by 6 a.m. (Flocked trees will also be picked up.)

After Jan. 17, your tree can still be taken away by scheduling a bulky item pickup. For apartments or condominiums, trees on the curb by 6 a.m. during the stated dates will be taken away for free on regular pickup days. If it’s necessary to drive onto the property there will be a $5 charge per tree. In these latter cases, the service must be ordered 24 hours before the regular pickup day by the manager or owner who must have the account number for verification.

Also, commercial customers must call CalMet before placing a tree out for collection so a green waste truck can visit their location.

For more information, call CalMet at 562-259-1239.