Xmas Tree Recycling

Solvang’s Annual Christmas Tree Burn

By the time December ends, Christmas trees bear the wear and tear of the monthlong holiday. The once pert, green timber is now a droopy-branched, brown-hued fire hazard. While kicking your tree to the curb is one (perfectly good) way to dispose of it, why not send it out in a blaze of glory at the annual Solvang Christmas Tree burn? The brainchild of the town’s Parks & Rec department, the event serves not only as a final farewell to ’Tis the Season but also as one of the largest fire-safety events on the Central Coast.

Christmas trees are notoriously wicked tinder that can ignite a home in minutes; the 10 days following December 25 is when they are most flammable, according to the National Fire Protection Association. But under the right circumstances — supervised by the county fire department at an outdoor location, for example — a conflagration of ex-Xmas trees is a spectacular sight.

If you want to add your yuletide sapling to the pyre, drop it off — sans ornaments, tinsel, and stand — between Monday-Thursday, January 5-8, 2015, at the Old Mission Santa Inés (1760 Mission Dr., Solvang), which is also where the big burn will take place on Friday, January 9, 5-7 p.m. For more information, call 688-5575 or see

Note: If you decide to recycle your tree via curbside pickup, prop it next to your trash bin or inside your green waste container by 6 a.m. on your collection day between January 5 and January 9. Trees more than six feet tall must be cut in half; flocked trees will not be accepted. For more information, call Marborg at 963-1852 or see

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