Out with the old …

It’s time to get rid of that Christmas tree—here’s how

As we welcome 2010, we must say goodbye to 2009, and that means getting rid of our beautiful Christmas trees. Not sure how to dispose of your tree? Don’t be a Grinch and dump it illegally. Below are some groups that provide drop-off or pickup services. To ensure your tree will be accepted, clear it of all ornaments, lights and tinsel before disposal. Some services require you cut the tree into sections.

Boy Scout Troop 2: Jan. 9 pickup in Chico, $10-$30 donation, call 879-5323 and leave name, address and phone number. Trees on curb by 8 a.m.

Boy Scout Troop 29: Jan. 9 pickup in Oroville, $10 donation, call 533-0536 or e-mail <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript">{ document.write(String.fromCharCode(60,97,32,104,114,101,102,61,34,109,97,105,108,116,111,58,99,111,100,101,109,97,110,51,64,115,98,99,103,108,111,98,97,108,46,110,101,116,34,62,99,111,100,101,109,97,110,51,64,115,98,99,103,108,111,98,97,108,46,110,101,116,60,47,97,62)) } </script> with name, address and phone number. Or drop off 9 a.m.-noon at Scout Hall, 1426 Safford St.

Drop off: Jan. 9 at Hooker Oak Park, Oakway Park, Butte Bible Fellowship Church in Chico. Through Jan. 9 at city of Chico Compost Facility 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (closed Sunday-Monday). Also at Earthworm Soil Factory on Neal Road. In Paradise, through Jan. 31 at Paradise Vegetative Waste Yard, Tuesday-Saturday.

Recology and Waste Management pickup: For current yard-waste customers in Chico and Oroville, place trees, cut into 3-foot or smaller sections and bundled, next to recycling containers.