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For a month, your living room has hosted a Christmas tree shining brightly. You got accostumed to its festive presence, but now that the pine needles are falling on your carpet you know that the party is over. So, what should you do about this cumbersome guest?
To help expatriate tenants in Paris as well as the owners of furnished apartments in Paris, Paris Rental has done a research on the subject.
Here are some good ecological gestures for your deserving Christmas tree:
To find the closest site to where you live, check out this page on the Paris City Hall website.
Beware: For a tree left on the sidewalk, the fee is €150!
Trees must be delivered without bag, decoration, flocking or painting. (These trees will be crushed and the material obtained will be used in the gardens of the city).
Excellent ecological idea, however be sure to carefully choose the place in your garden or the load allowed on your terrace, knowing that in forty years your tree could reach 50 meters! So, if the surface of your land or the load limit allowed on your terrace are not adequate, better call your city hall, for many cities in France - and why not Paris?- organize plantations on communal grounds.
Have you kept your receipt? If so, several gardening or hardware stores will take back your trees with a gift at hand for you:
More and more municipalities are organizing recycling operations. Some of them collect the trees, take them to a recycling center where they are transformed into compost spread in municipal parks and gardens.
For more information, consult the French association of the natural Christmas tree (AFSNN). .
Good to know: The grinded fir is a natural weed killer, thanks to its anti-germinative properties. Conifers are transformed into green compost used to fortify the grounds of gardens and orchards.
Photo credits to @BrickUnderground