Ross Kendall carries a Christmas tree to a container for recycling at the Kenai waste transfer station Tuesday afternoon. Receptacles are available at the borough landfill and all transfer facilities.
Photo by M. Scott Moon
For many, the annual chore of taking down the fresh-cut Christmas tree is looked upon with ambivalence and the question: “What now?”
The task, of course, signifies an official end to the holiday season, but the dried-out tree now depositing its needles seemingly everywhere in the living room or family room has got to go.
In urban areas, some suggest placing the dead tree in the backyard to serve as a sanctuary for over-wintering birds.
Others recommend burning the shrub, but its extreme dryness can make that an unsafe practice.
In the central Kenai Peninsula, the borough landfill and neighborhood waste transfer facilities offer another option.
Large trash receptacles have been placed there exclusively to receive undecorated, used Christmas trees for residents’ convenience. The trees are collected and then run through a chipper to recycle the material.
“It has to be just the tree no decorations at all,” said Michelle Smith, who works at the Kenai Transfer Facility.
Nikiski Transfer Facility worker Denise Klaschen said the Christmas tree Dumpsters usually remain at the facilities “a week to 10 days after the holidays.”
A receptacle for Christmas trees also is in place at the Sterling Transfer Facility and there is one at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Landfill in Soldotna.
The Sterling, Kenai and Nikiski transfer facilities are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week, and the landfill is open every day from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
According to Shanna Nelson at the landfill, the Christmas tree Dumpsters are provided by the borough.
Nelson said people can call the landfill or individual transfer facilities for dates of when the Dumpsters will be removed. The landfill number is 262-9423; Kenai is 283-4445; Nikiski is 776-7037; and Sterling is 260-1939.
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