Many of you asked us to keep around the Christmas music just a little bit longer this year, so when the day when you finally take your Christmas tree down rolls around we know it's going to be bittersweet. 

My husband knows trying to get me to take down the tree right after Christmas is a losing argument. Growing up, my mom worked at a Catholic church and insisted that the Christmas tree shouldn't come down until Epiphany. Also known as Three Kings' Day, the holiday celebrates the three wise men's visit to baby Jesus. Even though it's celebrated at mass on January 5 in 2020, it actually takes place on January 6 every year so that's when I'll finally cave and take my tree down.

If you're persuaded into taking yours down earlier, here's a few easy ways to get recycling it taken care of.

Republic Services Costumers 

If you've removed all your ornaments, tinsel, lights and stands you can leave it out on your regularly scheduled collection day at no extra charge. If you live in Ada County, your tree will need to be cut into lengths of four feet or less with branches bundled and weigh less than 60 pounds.

Ada County Landfill

If you're not a Republic Services Customer but live in Ada County, you can bring your tree to the landfill to dispose of for FREE through January 13. They're open weekdays from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday's from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. at 103000 N Seaman Gulch Rd in Boise.


Nampa residents can drop their trees off for recycling dedicated drop-off point at Kohlerlawn Cemetery through January 18. That drop-off point is accessible Monday through Friday from 8:30 - 4:30 p.m. The cemetery is located at 76 6th St N. According to the Nampa Rec Center's website, the trees brought to this location will be mulched for use on trails and throughout parks in the community.


According to a post from Chelsea Wilson on the City of Caldwell's Nextdoor page, the Caldwell Parks and Rec will accept your tree through January 15 in the parking lot behind Caldwell Bowl on Blaine Street.

Canyon County

Wilson's post goes on to mention that the county will also be accepting trees for recycling in the "green waste area" at the Canyon County Landfill. The landfill is located at 15500 Missouri Ave.

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