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Reminder: Christmas tree recycling, overflow trash collection for Boise area

Happy New Year! We ran this information last weekend, but I thought you might find it helpful now:

What do I do with this tree? Residents of Boise, Garden City and Meridian can recycle their trees Jan. 6-Jan 10. Here’s what to do: Take off the stand and all the lights, ornaments and tinsel. Cut the tree into lengths 4 feet and shorter. Put the branches in bundles that weigh less than 60 pounds. Place the tree and branches curbside where trash and recycling is collected.

What if I want to extend my Christmas — and my tree? That might not be such a good idea, according to the National Fire Protection Association. As trees dry out, they become kindling. Lights and other heat sources can spark deadly fires.

What about all of this wrapping paper? The city of Boise is offering free overflow trash collection Monday through Jan. 4. Here’s how to take advantage. Set out your extra trash in 20- to 32-gallon cans or gray trash carts. No overflow stickers are needed. Do not leave trash loose on the ground or in boxes or plastic bags. Those items won’t be collected.

I got a new TV for Christmas. What do I do with the old one? You can recycle it and other electronics, such as computers, cameras and cellphones. The Ada County Landfill offers free electronics recycling from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Just drive to the landfill, at 10300 N. Seaman’s Gulch Road, and tell the attendant what you have.

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