If you’re planning to buy a holiday tree this year, consider a natural tree—most plastic trees aren’t biodegradable or easily recyclable. In contrast, tree farms give back to the planet by providing wildlife habitat, keeping soil healthy, and absorbing carbon dioxide and breathing out oxygen for cleaner air. But it’s also important to try to minimize the number of miles driven to get your tree.

If a natural tree isn’t an option for you, choose a plastic tree that you’ll be able to use for 10+ years. Keep in mind, though, that most artificial holiday trees are made of polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, a non-recyclable plastic, which has been linked to adverse health and environmental impacts. Plastic trees may also be manufactured with lead and other toxic additives.

Each year, the City of Newton collects natural holiday trees for recycling during the first two weeks of January. Collection occurs on your usual collection day.

Place your holiday tree with no decorations (and not in a bag) out to the curb by 7am on your collection day during this time.