Since December 26th, Christmas tree recycling has gone on Tucson. As piles of trees grow larger, Tucson Fire Captain Nicholas Janton hopes more people will catch on.
"We don't want people putting them in their dumpsters, we don't want people storing them in their garages, not up against their house," he said. "Because the longer they dry out, the bigger the fire hazard they become."
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While the trees may look very green, the fire captain says they may be very dry and could catch fire very quickly.
"The pine needles will start to fall off," he said. "That's when it's at it's most dangerous."
Erin Lund noticed the pine needles start to fall off of her tree a few days after Christmas. At that point, she was nervous her tree could be a fire hazard.
"The leaves and the needles just kept falling off of the branches," she said. "I knew that it could become a fire hazard, so I decided it was time to recycle it."
All trees must be stripped of decorations and dropped off at one of these 8 TreeCycle locations: