12/28/2012 02:42 pm ET Updated Feb 27, 2013

San Francisco Curbside Christmas Tree Collection Starts January 2

Pine needles got you down?

Get rid of your holiday residue in a decidedly San Francisco way: Put your tired tree on the side of the road, and let city officials recycle it for the greater good.

The city's 26th annual curbside Christmas tree collection begins next Wednesday and extends all the way to January 15. Here's how it works. Drag your tree to the curb outside your home, and wait for someone else to deal with it. It's that simple.

(A few stipulations: Trees larger than six feet tall must be cut in half, and you must place them next to a trash bin by 6 a.m. on your regular garbage collection day. Oh, and take off all the decorations while you're at it.)

The good folks who work for Recology will then put your tree in a chipper and convert the chips to boiler fuel. Everyone wins!