As the holidays end, we are left with what the season leaves behind – and for many of us that’s a needle shedding tree and out-of-season wreaths. While it may be tempting to drag your pine out to the garbage can, it’s not Minnesota Nice. In fact, it goes against state statute 115A.931-115A.936 to dispose yard waste in the garbage.
Also on the naughty list: Putting your tree in your backyard compost pile to decompose, which according to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, can spread invasive species.
So what’s a fickle tree fan to do?
Your local yard waste site or compost collection is a good option; unlike backyard compost, commercial composting reaches sufficient temperatures to eliminate any pests. Reach out to your county government or your trash hauler! Some localities have special pickups on certain days for a small fee, while others have drop off sites for incinerating, chipping, or commercial composting. Looking for a more exotic end for your décor? Lake Superior Zoo uses castoff trees as play “enrichment” for their animals.
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