MESA, Ariz. -- If you have not taken down your Christmas tree, now is the time. But you don't have to just dump it. Consider recycling it.
As Javier Soto explains, the city of Mesa collected 4,000 trees last year. Those trees were turned into mulch.
When you do take down your Christmas tree, do not just leave it in the alley or throw it in a Dumpster.
"That just makes them a target for arsonists and children with matches," said Mark Enriquez of the Mesa Fire Department.
The best thing you can do is contact your city about Christmas tree collection sites and recycling centers.