What to do with your tree after the holidays

By WEEK Producer

December 25, 2013 Updated Dec 27, 2013 at 10:58 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- It's not too early to think about what you are going to do with your live Christmas tree after the holiday season ends.

Perhaps the biggest piece of advice, do not burn your tree or your wrapping paper, especially in your fireplace.

Peoria's "Keep the Wreath Red" campaign is doing all it can to prevent fires this season.

There have been 12 fires in the city since December 2.

Most people may think to burn their Christmas trees when the holidays are over, but the Peoria Division Chief of Fire Prevention said that simply isn't a good idea.

"One thing you do not want to do is burn your live tree in your fireplace. A very tarry type of product, it burns very hot, so refrain from doing that. Also, your Christmas papers and wrappings, do not burn those inside of your fireplace," said Peoria Division Chief of Fire Prevention Philip Maclin.

If you do have a live tree, Peoria offers two options for disposal; either send it to the landfill or recycle it.

If you choose the landfill option you have to cut the tree in fourths, or in half, depending on size, and all lights and decorations must be removed.

No trees should be in bags. Trees will be picked up through January 17.

In Tazewell County, the health department is accepting trees for recycling through January 15 at ICC's East Campus.