Christmas trees are beautiful while they last - but they can become a hassle once the holidays end.
Just last week, a family in Anderson County lost its home in a fire authorities say started with their Christmas tree.
The fire chief said the family's live tree might have been too dry, or there could have been a short in the lights on the tree.
Hoping to prevent similar mishaps, Rock Hill and York County officials are encouraging families to follow helpful tips for disposing of trees.
For Rock Hill customers, Christmas tree pick-up will follow the two-week alternating leaf collection schedule through January. Do not mix Christmas trees with leaf piles. Different trucks are used to collect each.
Monday and Tuesday collection routes
This week (Christmas trees only, no leaf collection)
Week of Jan. 10 (Christmas trees and leaves)
Week of Jan. 24 (Christmas trees and leaves)
Wednesday and Thursday collection routes
Week of Jan. 3 (Christmas trees only, no leaf collection)
Week of Jan. 17 (Christmas trees and leaves)
Residents in unincorporated parts of York County can take trees to 16 convenience centers, which are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily except Wednesdays and Sundays.
Take ornaments, lights and stands off your trees, county officials say. Every year, people try to dispose of trees still fully decorated.
The centers have special drop-off points for trees, said Mel Laws, the county's recycling supervisor.
The county will stop accepting trees Jan. 31, so there's a limit on how long you can procrastinate.