The Christmas tree has been covered in lights — sitting in your home with the heater blasting, oven baking, and on some days, the fireplace blazing. Between now and New Year’s, dried-out trees primped for the holidays also become prime fuel for house fires.
Most tree-related blazes happen in the days after Christmas, a Tempe fire official said. If watered regularly and fed tree preservatives, sugar or aspirin, trees can only last up to two months from the moment they’re cut, said Kit Sciacca of Moon Valley Nurseries in Chandler. The tree is too dry if there are lots of pine needles below it and needles are falling off more regularly, he said. Here’s how you can get rid of your tree if it’s time to say so long:
Residents can call Fountain Hills Boy Scout Troop 245 at (480) 964-4824 to schedule a time to have their Christmas tree picked up. The troop will pick up trees until Jan. 7. A minimum donation of $5 per tree is requested.
Residents should contact Paradise Waste, the city’s contracted solid waste company, at (602) 237-2078 to schedule a pickup on a Wednesday, which will cost $5.
City brush removal crews will pick up trees placed by the curb next week. Trees also can be dropped off from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 7 at Scottsdale Ranch Park, 10400 E. Via Linda; Eldorado Park’s south parking lot, 2311 N. Miller Road. For more information, visit
www.scottsdaleaz.gov/recycle /brushguidelines.asp or call (480) 312-5600.
Drop off trees on the west side of Kiwanis Park Recreation Center, 6111 S. All America Way any time or the household waste facility, 1320 E. University Drive, between 7 a.m. and noon Fridays and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Both sites will accept trees through Jan. 22.
City recycling will pick up trees set next to the curb on the next regularly scheduled recycling day.
Trees also can be dropped off until Jan. 15 at:
• Arrowhead Park, 1475 W. Erie St.
• Desert Breeze Park, 660 N. Desert Breeze Blvd. East
• Folley Park, 601 E. Frye Road
• Pima Park, 625 N. McQueen Road
• Shawnee Park, 1400 W. Mesquite St.
• Snedigar Sportsplex, 4500 S. Basha Road
• Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road
• West Chandler Park, 250 S. Kyrene Road
• Chuparosa Park, 2400 S. Dobson Road
• Solid Waste Services Transfer Facility, 955 E. Queen Creek Road, between 8 a.m and 4 p.m. daily except Tuesday and Wednesday. More information: www.chandleraz.org or (480) 782-3510
Drop off trees until Jan. 6 at:
• A to Z Rentals, 1313 E. Baseline Road
• Crossroads Park, 2155 E. Knox Road
• Hetchler Park, 4260 S. Greenfield Road
• Nichols Park, 700 N. Higley Road More information: www.ci.gilbert.az.us or (480) 503-6446
MESA Drop off trees Saturday and Jan. 7 at:
• City of Mesa Solid Waste Division, 730 N. Mesa Drive
• East Mesa Service Center, 6935 E. Decatur St.
• Superstition Springs Police/Fire Substation, 2430 S. Ellsworth Road
• St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, 1730 W. Guadalupe Road (7 a.m. to 2 p.m. only)
• Central Christian Church, 933 N. Lindsay Road (7 a.m. to 2 p.m. only)
• Residents also can take their tree directly to the Salt River Landfill at Gilbert Road and state Route 87 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Bring a current Arizona driver’s license. More information: www.cityofmesa.org/waste or (480) 644-2688