Let the holiday house cleaning begin!

That did not take long.   Only two days after Christmas, the blue-flocked tree pictured above was tossed out among a row of oleander bushes on Scott Avenue in Echo Park.  Was the trash can already filled with torn gift wrap and uneaten fruit cake?   The city of L.A. would prefer that you cut up your unwanted tree and stuff it in the green recycling bin or at least place it next to the bin for pick up.  Despite these instructions,  expect the forest of unwanted, sidewalk Christmas trees to grow in the days ahead.


  1. My family always waited until after the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6) to dismantle the Christmas decorations, so it always makes me sad to see these early casualties.

    The “12 Days of Christmas” don’t start until Christmas day (or the day after, depending on who you ask) so what’s the rush, people?

  2. I just go with my own trimmers and do it for them since I know the owner is probably looking and their neighbors also.

  3. I’ll never forget the saga of the six-month Christmas tree. Where will it be today? Up the street? Down the street? This side or that side?

    I finally dragged the needle-less husk out into the middle of the road and set it on fire.

    Why are people so lazy that they can’t cut up the tree and put it in the bin?

  4. I saw a cute idea on Pinterest where a disk from the trunk of the Christmas tree was made into an ornament for future Christmas trees. I know this doesn’t address the need to properly dispose of trees. My green cleaning service was helpful with tips on how to keep the tree from dying before Christmas was over, and then they recommended a service to help me dispose of it. I appreciated that because I don’t have the tools to cut my tree and properly dispose of it, but I didn’t want to contribute to the forest of unwanted Christmas trees.

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