As Christmas comes and goes, you may wonder when is the best time to put out your Christmas tree on the curb. Depending on how early you got your tree, it may be starting to dry out. In Alexandria, residents will be able to start putting out their trees for recycling starting on Monday, Jan. 3. Christmas trees will be collected through Jan. 31. According to patch.com, "Curbside Christmas tree recycling is provided to customers who receive trash collection services from the City of Alexandria. Trees can be set out at the regular collection location on your trash collection day by 6 a.m. Trees will be ground into mulch, which will become available to residents in the spring. Before setting out Christmas trees for recycling, remove all ornaments, tinsel, and stands. Trees should not be placed in plastic bags." As per patch.com, "The National Fire Protection Association recommends taking your Christmas tree outside after Christmas or when the tree is dried out, as dried-out trees can create a fire hazard. Dried-out trees should not be left inside a home or garage or leaning against a home."