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How to recycle your Christmas tree

Friday - 12/31/2010, 5:19am  ET

WASHINGTON - Now that the holidays are coming to an end, it's time to start thinking about how to recycle your Christmas tree.

Before recycling your tree, most places require that you take off all ornaments, remove the tree stand, and do not put the tree in a plastic bag.

In Fairfax County, all Christmas Tree less than 8 feet tall can be put on the curb during the first two weeks of January for no additional cost.

In Montgomery County, residents can put their trees on the curb by 7 a.m. on their regular collection day. Collection of trees in Montgomery County ends Friday, Feb. 4. Find more information here.

In the District, residents can starting putting their holiday trees and wreaths curbside between Jan. 3 and Jan. 15. Find more information here.

In Prince William County, the manager of the county's recycling program, Scott MacDonald, says trees will be taken in a curbside collection.

There are four drop off points in county. Proof of residency will need to be established before trees can be dropped off:

  • Prince William County Landfill - Manassas
  • Balls Ford Road Compost Facility - Manassas.
  • Leesylvania State Park - Woodbridge
  • NOVEC - Gainesville

Trees can be dropped off until Jan. 5.

In Frederick, Md., residents can drop off their trees at the following drop-off points until Jan. 31.

  • Harry Grove Stadium in the Lower Lot
  • Husky Park (Yard 2) - Highland Street
  • Max Kehne Park - West 7th Street
  • Taskers Chance Park - Key Parkway behind Westridge Shopping Center

Find more information here.

Earth911 also has more information on where to recycle Christmas trees.

WTOP's Brennan Haselton and Kathy Stewart contributed to this report

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