Ron Bell said.
In addition, the trees should not be burned in a fireplace. Boxes
and wrapping paper should also not be used in place of logs, Bell
"Those pine needles are so dry that they go straight up the flue
and you'll have sparks and ashes everywhere," Bell said.
Instead, residents can leave trees in the parkway curb, or alley
where their trash is normally collected on the regular pickup day and
city sanitation trucks will haul away the trees.
To prepare trees for recycling, people should remove tinsel and
ornaments, and dismantle the tree from stands and buckets. Flocked
trees cannot be composted. Residents with green waste containers are
asked to cut their trees to fit into the container.
Last year, more than 70 tons of Burbank Christmas trees were
composted through the city's recycling program and used for compost
and mulch, officials said. For more information about recycling, call