Undeck the halls: St. Pete collecting undecorated Christmas trees next week

Photo of a brick street in St. Petersburg, Florida with Palm Trees
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You better not pout, and I’m telling you why: St. Pete sanitation is coming to town — and they’re collecting Christmas trees. The city of St. Pete announced on Facebook that the Sanitation Department will collect undecorated Christmas trees during the one-time citywide collection event on Saturday, January 11.

Collected trees will be turned into mulch, which is free to residents at the brush sites. You can see a full list of brush sites online.

Don’t let your tree wind up in a landfill 

This is a simple way to be little more green in 2020. Christmas trees are biodegradable, and collection events such as this prevent the trees from just resting in a landfill.

Want to keep the eco vibes alive? Consider shopping at Truffula this season. Named for the trees in Dr. Seuss’s transcendent book, The Lorax, this locally-owned eco-boutique features only products made from sustainable materials.

Shop at the ‘Burg’s zero waste store

Need more eco-friendly inspiration? Consider shopping at The Refillery, a zero-waste BYO container shop in the Sunshine City.

I Love the Burg is also fortunate enough to partner with Arbor Source. The tree trimming/inspecting company based in St. Petersburg has played a vital role in maintain the beauty of the city’s most iconic spots, including Boyd Hill Nature Preserve and Sunken Gardens.

Arborists keep St. Pete icons beautiful 

Arbor Source also provides trimming services for residential and business properties. The owners then up-cycle the scrap wood and turn it into tables and mulch.

Let’s help make St. Pete even greener in 2020! I Love the Burg co-founders Dexter Fabian and Brian Bailey launched No Straws St. Pete, and since its inception has helped more than 200 businesses make the pledge to reduce and/or eliminate single-use plastics.

Organizations you need to follow 

If you’re looking for more opportunities to help cleanup the ‘Burg, we recommend you follow the Suncoast Surfrider Foundation and Keep Pinellas Beautiful. Both organizations consistently put together events to beautify and educate area residents.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is the Editor of ilovetheburg.com. Follow him on Twitter @harlanyoungII and Instagram @harlanyoung. Send tips and potential stories to info@ilovetheburg.com.