Napa fire officials urge residents to remove their Christmas trees as soon as possible after the holidays.
“Once the needles start falling and the tree is dry to the touch, it’s a fire hazard,” said City of Napa Fire Capt. Steve Becker.
“And if there is a structure fire with a dry Christmas tree involved, its sap and oils add dramatically to the spread and intensity of a fire,” Becker added.
The annual Napa Valley District Boy Scouts Christmas Tree Pickup and Recycling Day comes to Napa on the first Saturday in January. This year that's Jan. 5, 2013.
Napa Recycling reminds you to have your tree on the curb by 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. Please do not set out your tree earlier in the week, as tree collection will not take place until Saturday.
Trees must be free of ornaments, nails, tinsel, stands, and metal spikes. All are contaminants or safety hazards. Old Christmas lights and other materials can be recycled at the Napa Recycling office, 820 Levitin Way in American Canyon. Click here for year-round options.
A voluntary donation of $5 per tree is suggested and appreciated. Boy Scouts will come to your door. Please leave a check made out to "Napa Valley District Boy Scouts" in an envelope at your door.
Customers in Napa County who miss the January Boy Scout tree pickup may place their tree out for collection on their normal service day beginning the following Monday, January 7. Please follow the above tree preparation guidelines and cut trees over 8' in half. Flocked trees are accepted. Wreaths, pumpkins, and other holiday greenery go in the yard waste cart.
At the Napa recycling and composting facility, holiday greenery will be turned into compost, mulch or fuel for alternative energy. Call 255-5200 for more information.
Click here for more holiday waste reduction tips.
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