Does anyone use tinsel anymore? If so, you should remove it before hauling the Christmas tree to the curb. That goes for ornaments, lights, candy canes, the stand and anything else used to decorate or prop up the tree. The Village of Lake Bluff and the City of Lake Forest both have Christmas-tree pick up services. But only for real trees!
- Lake Forest will pick up real Christmas trees from the curb on regularly scheduled recycling days in January. Trees must be free of all lights and ornamentation. They must be cut in six-foot lengths. And please, no plastic bags.
- In Lake Bluff, place the tree curbside on regular refuse-collection days–there is no time limit, you can pitch it next week or keep it till Valentine's Day if you like. But please keep watering it. The Village points out that It takes just 30 seconds for fire to consume a dried-out Christmas tree. Visit the Village's website for more on how to keep your Christmas tree from becoming a fire hazard. Questions? Call 847-234-0774. Or subscribe to the Village's weekly newsletter.