That tree looking a little dry? You've already returned those novelty socks, so recycle your tree before it turns into a sparkly fire hazard. Take Humboldt Waste Management's advice — pluck off all your ornaments and let the folks listed below take the tree off your hands.
From Humboldt Waste Management's press release:
Free drop off at Wes Green’s Mad River Compost Facility, 6360 West End Road from December 26 - Friday, January 31. Open hours are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Arcata High students raising funds will pick up trees curbside for $10, December 26 - Sunday, January 12. Call (707) 822-8325.
Free drop off at Prasch Hall, near baseball fields, December 26 - Friday, January 10.
Free drop off at HWMA’s Transfer Station, 1059 W. Hawthorne St., December 26 - Sunday, January 12 during open hours. Hours are Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Commercial trees do not apply. Recology picks up trees in Eureka and surrounding county areas January 4 and 11 for $5. Call (707) 442-5711 for an appointment.
Free drop off at the City Barn, Francis St., from December 26 - Friday, January 10. For those who cannot transport trees, place curbside on Friday, January 3 by 2:00 p.m. for pickup by the Ferndale Boy Scout volunteers.
Free drop off at Eel River Disposal’s Transfer Station, 965 Riverwalk Dr., December 26 - Wednesday, January 15. Call (707) 725-5156 for open hours. Don’t have greenwaste pick up? Eel River Disposal collects trees for $12.
Free drop off at Humboldt Sanitation’s Transfer Station, 2585 Central Ave, December 26 - Sunday, January 19. Call (707) 839-3285 for open hours. Arcata High students will collect trees for $15. See details under ‘Arcata.’
Free drop off at Eel River Disposal’s Transfer Station, 965 Riverwalk Dr., December 26 - Wednesday, January 15. Call (707) 725-5156 for open hours. Eel River Disposal picks up trees curbside for $12.
Free drop off behind Murphy’s Market, December 26 - Friday, January 31.
Start chilling the bubbly for New Year's Eve. Dressed up or down, it's a big night on which you are constitutionally guaranteed to get to first base with somebody at the stroke of midnight.
But before you plan your assault on the party circuit, sort out a designated driver. And let's talk about designated drivers for a moment, because it's not always easy to find someone to willingly eschew the evening's boozy delights, remain hyper-aware of all the liquor-fueled fun and buffoonery, and essentially babysit your drunk ass until it's time to shuttle friends back to their cozy beds.
What we need is an established set of rules. Etiquette, if you will.
The Rights and Privileges of the D.D.
1.) The D.D. position shall be rotated amongst the group (NOT over the course of an evening) so that if you drove to Hops in Humboldt, congratulations, you are not driving New Year's Eve.
2.) The D.D.'s gas tank shall be filled by the passengers at the start of the evening.
3.) The D.D.'s food, including but not exclusive to entrees, miscellaneous fried foods, taco truck offerings, fancy non-alcoholic beverages and breakfast in the wee hours, shall be paid for by the passengers.
4.) The D.D. shall have first crack at any and all hot people over the course of the evening. Any passenger may be called upon to accompany as "wing man/woman." If and only if the D.D. crashes and burns, trailing drinkers may go for it.
5.) The D.D. has full permission to photograph any and all shenanigans, including the above attempt to pick up hot individuals.
6.) Passengers will not complain, grouse, roll eyes or bitch in any way, shape or form because the D.D. is saving your soused skin from costly, legal and potentially tragic consequences.
Now that we have some guidelines, peruse the calendar for the out-with-the-old-and-in-with-the-new good times to be had. Happy 2014, Humboldt!