A Christmas tree is a favorite symbol of the holiday, often adorned with prized ornaments from the past along with new additions as the years roll by.
While many people choose to leave the tree up for a few days after the 25th, even the most die-hard Christmas fan will eventually have to undecorate it and get it out of the house before it turns into a fire hazard.
Single-family residences served by Waste Management can set their tree curbside on their scheduled collection day through Jan. 13. Trees need to be stripped of all lights and decorations and trees taller than six feet must be cut in half.
They can be placed in a trashcan, or bundled together with twine.
Tree stands need to be taken off as well. Fake and flocked trees will not be accepted.
Organic decorations like wreaths and garlands can also be put into yard-waste containers, but no wood that has been pressure treated or painted with lead-based paint should be included.
If you miss the pickup date, or don't fit the requirements, the city of San Diego is hosting 16 tree drop-off sites around the county until Jan. 23. The closest sites to Santee are De Portola Middle School, 11010 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, and at SDSU at Parking Lot D off Alvarado Road.