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Recycle Your Christmas Tree...and Other Green Post-Holiday Tips

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You'll notice an absence of Christmas carols and pop tunes on the radio, you may have already sorted your gifts into keep, return, and re-gift piles, and right about now a turkey sandwich sounds really good. So when is it time to take down the tree?

The custom of taking the tree down is as varied as the custom of putting it up. Those who jumped on it Thanksgiving weekend might find their tree is drying up and ready to go this week, while others among us might want to hold on to the tree until we take the day off for Martin Luther King Jr's birthday. No matter your plans, you can recycle your tree between December 26, 2009 and January 16, 2010 "by placing them at curbside on their regular collection day or taking them to a collection site," notes an LA County press release email.