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If forgetting old acquaintances in the new year includes ditching that parched Christmas tree by the living room fireplace, the city of Berkeley wants residents to know it has you covered.

Until the end of January, most “live” trees (formerly live, that is) can be left curbside or hauled off to the local transfer station for recycling.

Officials do ask that when residents are prepared to dispose of their tree, they cut it up and place it in their recycling bin, instead of just hauling it out to the sidewalk and hoping for the best.

Whichever disposal method people choose, the city wants to remind people to remove all lights, decorations, tinsel, plastic bags, and plastic tree stands first.

For curbside collection, cut your tree up, so it fits into your green compost cart with the lid closed. Whole trees can damage the city’s collection trucks and will not be picked up if left on the curb.

Flocked or “snow-covered” trees are not compostable. Flocked trees should be cut up and treated like a plastic tree, by placing it in the gray refuse cart.

Those who don’t have tools to cut up their tree can rent some at the Berkeley Tool Lending Library, at 1901 Russell Street, which is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday (only available to Berkeley residents, 18 and older).

Trees can be dropped off for free at the city’s transfer station, at 1201 Gilman Street, which is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. There’s a $29 fee for dropping off flocked or plastic trees. The transfer station will take compostable trees through the end of January.