Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Florida Forest Service Offers 10 Tips for Safe Christmas Tree Disposal

Department Provides Tips to Help Consumers Safely Dispose Decorations this Holiday Season

Tallahassee, FL – As the holiday season ends and Floridians begin cleaning up decorations, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Florida Forest Service encourages Floridians to consider recycling Christmas trees. Recycling Christmas trees protects the environment and reduces the chance of starting a wildfire. Contact your local waste removal service and check for any date or size restrictions.

Should Floridians choose to burn their Christmas tree, the department offers 10 safety tips to avoid danger:

  1. Check local ordinances and requirements for outdoor burning
  2. Only burn if significant rainfall has occurred in the past three to four  days
  3. Never burn on windy or high fire danger days
  4. Only burn during the hours of 9 a.m. and one hour before dark
  5. Select an appropriate site to burn, which meets or exceeds the following requirements: 25 feet from wildland brush or forested area, 25 feet from your home and 150 feet from your closest neighbor and 50 feet from any paved public roadway
  6. Clear the burn area of combustible materials
  7. Remove all decorations from the tree before you burn
  8. Cut the tree into manageable sections, as necessary
  9. Do not leave the fire until it is completely burnt out
  10. Keep a water hose and shovel on hand