Recycling your Christmas tree in Boston; but what about Festivus poles?

The DPW will collect Christmas trees (the real ones, that is) for the first two recycling days in January - put your denuded, de-ornamented tree at the curb by 7 a.m. on your recycling day.

No word on Festivus poles, although since those are simply alumninum, you can presumably just toss them in your recycling bin. But should you? William Ricker posits that you should just put it away somewhere for reuse next year. Ward 7 Somerville, however, counters that "fresh grievances merit a fresh pole."



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I got a lot of problems

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With the DPW too.
I'd like to engage them all in a contest of feats of strength.

Save money

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I bought an artificial Festivus pole last year and it looks just as good this year. No more buying real ones for me every year, suckers!

Better than recycling

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Pile up the trees and light them on fire. Gone in minutes and not taking up valuable space in landfills.

Burning stuff in Boston or Somerville == Bad Idea

Unless you have a fireplace and can burn them indoors, this is a remarkably Bad Idea. Houses are very close together in Somerville and most of Boston, and one mistake with an outdoor fire can have really serious consequences.

Trees picked up by the DPW get turned into compost or mulch.

Not landfill

The city of Boston chips and composts the trees that are collected, so they don't take up space in landfills and they do more good than a bonfire. (The finished compost is given to community gardens throughout the city.)


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(whispers) Trees are biodegradable.

Just sayin'...