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How To Get Rid Of That Pesky Christmas Tree Now That It Has Served Its Purpose

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Another Christmas has come and gone, which means it's time for that annual holiday tradition of abandoning that tree on the curb.At least it's better than the tradition of abandoning a kid at a shopping mall.

For those who have green bins, you can either chop the tree into pieces and put the tree pieces in the bin or leave it on the curb next to the bin and the tree will be picked up by sanitation crews on the regularly scheduled trash collection day.

For those without green bin waste collection, the City has set up collection sites across town for one day only. On Sunday, January 4, you can drop off your tree between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at almost 20 sites, including the L.A. Zoo's parking lot and over a dozen fire stations. L.A. Sanitation has a full list here.

Not only do unwanted Christmas trees clutter the streets when they don't get collected, but they can also be a hazard. "Getting rid of a Christmas tree can be a hassle, and dried-out trees are a fire danger, so we want to make it easy and free for Angelenos to dispose of them," said Mayor Eric Garcetti. A fire danger, much like its palm tree cousins,

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Farewell, old friends.