Figuring things out: How to dispose of your Christmas tree in Paris
|The Christmas tree collection point - it looks like a holding pen for naughty trees! The white truck in the background is taking a load of trees to the chipper.|
Over the past couple of weeks, we've bonded with our French Christmas tree. From early in the morning until late at night, it's twinkling lights and sparkling ornaments have been the focal point of our living room. It was a silent, yet benevolent, observer while we opened presents, sipped champagne and enjoyed our evenings together. So, there was no way that I was going to let it end up in an ignominious heap of dried branches on the curb.
Knowing that I had to find a solution prior to Epiphany, which is when we traditionally take down our tree, I visited the official website for the city of Paris and discovered that there are 100 recycling points. After I removed all of the little Eiffel Towers, Ikea spice cookies, Carrefour ornaments and the lights that we never really figured out how to stop from spasmodically blinking, Stephane and Philippe cut the tree into two manageable sections and carried it down five flights of stairs. [Note: If I would have been involved in this part of the tree removal, I would have wrapped it in a sheet to avoid leaving a trail of dried branches on the steps that someone else had to clean up!].
As the closest collection point to our apartment was in a tranquil pocket park that had previously escaped our attention, it was well worth the short walk to dispose of our tree in an environmentally friendly manner. Plus, we like knowing that it will help beautify the city's parks and gardens.
Number of trees collected during previous years:
15,000 trees in 2007-2008
25,000 trees in 2008-2009
27,000 trees in 2009-2010
29,000 trees in 2010-2011