Recycle your Christmas tree

The stockings have been emptied, the presents have been unwrapped, and for the most part, the food coma we all put ourselves in over Christmas has subsided. Now, it’s time to get rid of that Christmas tree.

Luckily, the City of Fayetteville makes that pretty easy. The city’s Solid Waste and Recycling Division is currently collecting Christmas trees curbside from now until Jan. 14.

Just take all the decorations, lights, and tinsel off the tree (duh) put it out by the curb, and it will be collected on your regular trash and recycling day.

If you’d prefer, you could take the tree down to the city’s composting facility yourself, located at 1708 S. Armstrong Ave. in southeast Fayetteville. The hours of operations are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 am to 3 pm and the first Saturday of each month from 8 am to 12 pm. The compost site will be closed Jan. 2, 2010.

Your Christmas tree will then enter the Christmas tree afterlife, a magical place atop someone’s garden as mulch or compost, which seems sad, but is actually a much happier place than a dark corner of your back yard where it would just sit there turning brown.

For more info, visit the city’s website.