Done with that Christmas tree? Stick it at the curb

Solid-Waste-Authority122111-npt-cp-santas-2Right about now, if you haven’t already, you’re stripping the last of the light strings and ornaments off your Christmas tree. Now what?

It’s not complicated. Just place it at the curb, like any other landscape trash, on the scheduled pickup day, the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County says.

The authority said that’s for people living outside municipalities; if you live in a city or town, check with its officials for their procedures. If you live in a multi-home community with dumpster service, contact your homeowners association or property management company directly

As a general rule, the authority said, trees can be up to eight feet long — if yours is longer, cut it in half — and weigh no more than 50 pounds. Remember to remove all decorations, lights and tinsel.

The authority said collected Christmas trees are burned in its giant waste-to-energy plants, although some are mulched and used on authority properties.

For more, call 561-697-2700 or 866-SWA-INFO (866-792-4636).

Hug a tree and win in Palm Beach County contest

MDELRAY BEACH-031104 NPD CLPhotograph a “tree hugger” and you might win a prize in a contest being staged by Palm Beach County.

The “Hug a Tree for Earth Day” Instagram Photo Contest is sponsored by the county’s Department of Environmental Resources Management.

The winning photographer gets a kit filled with eco-friendly products, including a native tree and a rain barrel. There’s no fee to enter.

To enter, take a picture of a tree hugger in action, follow @pbcerm on Instagram, upload your photos on Instagram and tag with #ermgreen @pbcerm, and include location and, if known, tree species.

Photos must be taken in Palm Beach County and shared between April 1 and April 30. Earth Day is April 22.

ERM also, in partnership with the county’s Cooperative Extension Service , will give away  up to two native trees or shrubs per home address on April 16 at the Black Gold Jubilee event in Belle Glade. Supplies are limited.