Some options for disposing of that spent Christmas tree in Grand County |

Some options for disposing of that spent Christmas tree in Grand County

Tonya Bina
Grand County, Colorado
Ranch Creek Limited disposal of tree debris with an air curtain distructor.

It adorned the living room for a month, but it’s becoming a brittle fire hazard.

What does one do with the once rich, ornament-weighted evergreen that served up Yuletide cheer for 2008?

If it’s legal where you live, one idea is to burn the tree, whether in the fireplace or elsewhere. The downside is not only the danger, but sending more carbon into the atmosphere.

There’s always propping it up somewhere to block the neighbor’s view of the bedroom until the day of reckoning for the spent tree.

Another suggestion: “Wait for the needles to drop off and redecorate it as a bird feeder for the backyard,” said a U.S. Forest Service employee.

An eco-friendly solution is to mulch it for landscaping, if there aren’t already loads of beetle-kill trees in line ahead of the holiday timber.

If none of these ideas sounds feasible, there’s always forking over a fee to have it disposed of.

Ranch Creek Limited outside Granby is considered the best solution with its air-curtain destructor. Ranch Creek charges $6.50 per cubic yard to disintegrate forest materials. For an average Christmas tree, the cost should be around $3. Ranch Creek at 441, Highway 125, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 887-9225.

Although Grand County Landfill operators refer Christmas-tree toters to Ranch Creek in their effort to divert slash from the landfill, the average tree at the landfill would cost about $10 to dispose of. The landfill can be reached at 887-2247.

According to Waste Management, at 725-3350, it disposes of Christmas trees on a residential basis, picking them up curbside for their customers at no extra cost. They have to be cut in half, with pieces no longer than four feet.

And the Trash Company, at 887-1807, does not expect to charge extra for a Christmas tree if it’s “not above and beyond the normal service” for their customers. A Trash Company spokesperson, however, recommended Ranch Creek as a better solution for tree disposal.

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail

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