Bend Fire Department offers fire safety and disposal tips for Christmas trees:
• Dry, brittle trees are flammable and should be removed from the house. If the tree feels dry to the touch or the needles are dull or brown, break easily or fall off easily, it is time to take it out.
• When you remove the tree, place it in a safe location away from buildings and flammable materials.
• Check the lights when removing them from the tree; damaged lights are a fire hazard and should be thrown away to prevent reuse.
Options for disposing of the tree include taking it to a landfill, recycling center or transfer station, or recycling with a local group such as the Boy Scouts. All decorations should be removed from the tree. If the tree has had chemical treatments or flocking, contact a landfill or recycling center for disposal instructions.
Bend city customers with yard debris service can dispose of trees with a curbside cart. The tree should be cut into smaller sections to fit. Deschutes Recycling Center will take trees (without tinsel or flocking) through Jan. 31. Contact: 541-317-3163.
Christmas tree recycling is being offered by Boy Scout troops in Central Oregon on Saturday and Sunday. A $5 donation is suggested and should be a check made out to “Boy Scouts of America” and secured to the tree with a plastic bag and rubber band.
For more information, contact the troop covering the appropriate area:
• Southwest Bend (west of Third Street and south of Newport/Greenwood), 541-385-3977
• Northwest Bend (west of Third Street and north of Newport/Greenwood), 541-385-2692
• Northeast Bend (east of Third Street and north of Greenwood/U.S. Highway 20), 541-385-2672
• Southeast Bend (east of Third Street and south of Greenwood/U.S. Highway 20), 541-385-3942
• Redmond, 541-385-3989
Boy Scout representatives will also be at local Home Depot and Lowe’s stores Saturday and Sunday for people to drop off trees.
— From staff reports