Steamboat Springs For residents who still have not taken down their Christmas trees, there are at least two simple ways of disposing of them.
First, the city of Steamboat Springs is accepting all old Christmas trees at the Howelsen Ice Arena for free. Basically, all one has to do is go to the northwest corner of the ice arena parking lot and toss the tree on top of the pile, said Ginger Scott, city registration specialist.
"Just be sure to remove all the decorations and the tree stand," Scott said.
That means all the tinsel, too, she added. Plus, any wreaths with wire frames will not be taken unless the frame is removed. City workers will put the trees through a mulching machine, so they must be clean of all foreign objects. In the spring, the Christmas tree mulch will be given away to anyone who wants it.
For those residents who can't lug the tree down to the ice arena, Waste Management will pick it up with the trash if it is properly prepared.
The tree needs to be cut into four-foot sections so it can fit into the disposal truck, said Carol Herman of Waste Management.
Loose branches should be tied to the four-foot sections so the trash hauler doesn't have to pick up numerous little pieces.
Trees should be left next to trash cans on normal trash days.
The tree then will be taken to the landfill, Herman said.