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Ag Officials Have holiday Tips for Tree Disposal

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NEW YORK - JANUARY 2:  A discarded Christmas tree sits on First Avenue in the East Village January 2, 2003 in New York City. A recycling program dubbed Mulchfest 2003 encourages New Yorkers to bring their holiday trees to designated sites to be converted into wood chips to be used for mulch. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

NEW YORK – JANUARY 2: A discarded Christmas tree sits on First Avenue in the East Village January 2, 2003 in New York City. A recycling program dubbed Mulchfest 2003 encourages New Yorkers to bring their holiday trees to designated sites to be converted into wood chips to be used for mulch. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — State officials are encouraging Florida residents to recycle their Christmas trees if possible.

The Florida Department of Agriculture says recycling trees protects the environment and reduces the chance of starting a wildfire. The agency offers 10 tips to people wanting to burn their Christmas trees instead.

The first thing is to check local ordinances on outdoor burning to stay away from any legal entanglements. Their other recommendations include warnings about starting a fire too close to a home or forested area or lighting that match on a windy day. They suggest burning the tree after some significant rainfall has dampened the burn area and don’t leave the area until the fire is completely out.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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