Christmas is almost upon us and soon all that will be left in the holiday's wake will be crumpled wrapping paper, some fond memories and a dried out, fire hazard of a Christmas tree surounded by people wondering what to do with it.
A few days after Christmas there are always visible examples of what not to do with the leftover tree. Trees can be seen stuck upside down in snowbanks along county roads, a far cry from their Christmas glory.
This year the city of Craig is giving people an easy option for Christmas tree disposal.They are even attempting to get some benefit from what was once the most cherished symbols of Christmas.
According to Randy Call, city of Craig Road and Bridge Department director, the city will open two recycling centers where people can take their trees free of charge.
Starting Jan. 2, the city will be accepting trees at the North Park, located at the intersection of 12th and Yampa Avenue and in the north parking lot of City Park, located at the intersection of 7th Street and Washington streets, near the volleyball pit.
Call said the trees will be chipped and used for road stabilization material.
"It will help keep the roads at the dump more drivable after rain," Call said.
According to Call, trees left on the street near garbage cans won't be picked up until January second. That t shouldn't be an issue for most people, he said, because not many trees hit the street until after the new year holiday.
"Usually there are only a few grinches who throw their trees out the day after Christmas," Call said.
Occasionally, people throw the whole tree out, including the stand, garland and lights. Call is asking for their cooperation in clearing off their tree completely. Foreign objects could break the chipper machine, Call said.
Bob Meckley, owner of Tunnies and Such Nursery, said this has been a banner year for Christmas tree sales.
"People are putting away their fake tree and going with the freshly cut trees again. ...The weather made it difficult for people to get out to cut their own tree this year," Meckley said.
He said people have a couple of options to throwing out their trees. He said people can cut the limbs off, cut the trunk into logs and burn them in the fireplace or stove.
Or they can get a little more creative.
"They make great bird feeders," Meckley said. "All you need to do is stick them in the snow in your back yard and hang some suet from the limbs and there is a lot of room for the birds to sit. You can get suet from the grocery store."