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Hawaii: Green Holiday!

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Aloha to all you environmental readers!

Are you ready for the holidays?

Can you believe it that Christmas is just right around the corner and New Year's Day is just eight days away!

Time moves by way too fast!
Then again, scientists believes that the time change is due to the results of strong earthquakes that reached over 7.0, and the Earth's axis being knocked off at least 33 ft.
But that's another story…

This article will be focusing on recycling of Christmas trees!

If you happen to choose a non-living artificial Christmas tree like I have, then good for you!

But if you haven't then there are ways to recycle your Christmas tree.

The Department of Environmental Services, a.k.a. the trash pick up guys has days to pick it up in your neighborhood.

However, the only days that they are not available is on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

When recycling your Christmas tree, please make sure to take off all your ornaments of the Christmas tree.
The trash guys also does not pick up flocked trees (those snowy trees) and or trees that has over tinsels (the sparkly thin foil looking shreds), unless it is a bare tree.

You can place the Christmas tree into your green cart and on your curb for the trash guys to pick up, or you can drop it off to a City Convenience Center that is near you.

To find the collection times in your neighborhood, visit:
http://www.opala.org/solid_waste/collection_schedule_search.html

To drop-off your Christmas tree to a City Convenience Center, visit:
http://www.opala.org/solid_waste/Drop_off_Centers_for_Refuse.html

The State of Hawai'i has discontinued the tree cycling sites at various parks and locations.
They only recommend having the Christmas trees picked up on your curbside and or the City Convenience Center drop off locations.

A good thing about recycling the Christmas trees, is that it will be used as mulch for growing plants and trees.

An ideal Christmas tree would be one to plant in the backyard and then re-use it again as a traditional Christmas tree.

Now that you know where to recycle, you can prepare for it.

Happy Holidays to all, be safe, and enjoy the 2014 New Year's!

And remember Hawai'i, to take care of your health,
take care of life, take care of the
Earth's Environment, and to think Green Hawai'i!

Aloha!

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