Nothing gives the holiday feel like a fresh-cut Christmas tree. These holiday trees bring with them the beauty and fragrance of the outdoors. The aroma of the pine can fill a rental home with memories of holidays past. And when decorated with lights and ornaments, it becomes an icon of Christmas. But as soon as the holidays are over, the tree would have to be dealt with. Many Dr Phillips tenants will need to figure out how to properly dispose of their tree. Dry pine needles are a fire hazard, which means you’ll need to remove the Christmas tree from your property as soon as you’re done with it. The little snag here is that most dumpsters and general trash pick-ups won’t accept Christmas trees. This means that disposing of it isn’t as simple as tossing it out. In what follows, we’ll explore a few safe and legal ways renters can properly dispose of their Christmas trees.
The first thing you should do when disposing of a Christmas tree is to check your city’s website or that of your local waste removal company. These days, with the internet being ubiquitous, virtually all cities and towns have their own websites that have helpful information for residents. Now, when the holiday season arrives, they usually update it with information about specific, city-run programs designed for Christmas tree removal. They do the same thing for local waste removal companies. There are places that have a list of local drop-off locations; for others, they may offer curbside pickup or even have someone shred your tree for mulch.
If your town has drop-off locations, then it would be really easy to remove the tree from the property. To find the location that best suits you, just do an internet search. It’s quick and easy. Once you’ve got the location, the next thing to do is to take the tree there. If you plan to do it yourself, then consider using a tree bag to protect your walls and floors from scratches and to keep dead pine needles from making a mess.
There are places where you can have your tree picked up by a yard waste removal company or even have them turn it into mulch right outside your home. To avail of these services, you may need to make a special request on or before a specific date, and some may cost you a little extra on your trash removal bill that month. If one of these solutions is available, remember to get all the relevant information, including any related fees, before you schedule the service.
Other than services provided by your city or a local waste removal company, there are still other ways to dispose of a Christmas tree. If it’s useful for you, you can always hire someone to chop your tree up into firewood. There are several organizations that accept donated Christmas trees for use in environmental recovery projects. The good thing about this option is that many of these projects aim to reduce beach erosion or create habitats for wildlife using donated trees.
One thing you should never do is burn your Christmas tree on the property. This is an option you shouldn’t even consider. It’s only a proper option if you have a wood-burning fireplace and if your tree has been cut into firewood. Otherwise, it’s very dangerous to light a dry pine tree on fire. It may cause injury to yourself or even damage or destroy your Dr Phillips rental property – and all your personal belongings with it.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says that it takes less than 60 seconds for a Christmas tree fire to set an entire house ablaze. Even if you do successfully burn your tree without burning down the house, you may have damaged the yard or other parts of the property. This could end up with you having to pay fines or lose your security deposit, at a minimum.
The proper disposal of your Christmas tree is no laughing matter. It should be taken seriously. By doing a bit of research and choosing the right method, you can get the job done and keep you and your rental home safe.
At Real Property Management South Orlando, we understand the demands of life and that you can’t always stay on top of everything while going about your business and personal life. Our team of Dr Phillips property managers is ready to tackle that responsibility. We take care of all tenant communication, including educating them on important aspects like Christmas tree removal. Contact us or call us at 407-982-2000 today.
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