Christmas is over. And that means holiday trees will be ready to come down soon.
And trash collectors serving Pasco, Kennewick, Richland, West Richland, Benton City and Prosser, as well as rural areas, are helping by providing free Christmas tree disposal to most areas. But there's a deadline to meet for getting rid of those evergreens.
The city of Richland's curbside service will collect cut Christmas trees for recycling Monday to Jan 17.
Trees taller than 6 feet need to be cut in half and must have all of the decorations removed, except for flocking. Trees also can be brought from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Sunday to the Horn Rapids Landfill, 3102 Twin Bridges Road.
The landfill will be closed Jan. 1. All trees will be chipped and the mulch reused around the city or composted. For more information, call 942-7700.
Kennewick, Benton County
Waste Management customers can drop trees off at the Kennewick Transfer Station on 27th Avenue and Ely Street at no charge from Friday to Jan. 31. Trees dropped off there in February will be charged a fee.
Curbside tree pickup requires trees to be cut into 2-foot sections and placed in the trash receptacle.
Pasco, West Richland, Benton City, Prosser
Basin Disposal will pick up trees at curbside at no extra charge for customers in Pasco, West Richland, Benton City and Prosser. The trees do not need to be cut up.
Rural residents in Franklin County will be charged a fee for curbside pickup depending on the size of the tree. However, rural residents who cut up their tree to fit into their trash bin will not be charged a fee.
-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; email@example.com; Twitter: @dorioneal