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Christmas tree disposal and fireworks safety in Tri-Cities

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TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- Locals looking to throw out their Christmas tree have several options. KEPR found the best one in each city.

Richland residents can drop off their trees at Horn Rapids Landfill at no cost.

Waste Management customers in Kennewick can take their tree to their Transfer Station at no charge.

Basin Disposal will pick up trees curbside in Pasco, West Richland, and Benton City for customers for free. Pasco residents can also drop off their tree at the Tri-Cities International Cross Country Course until January 17 for recycling.

All places accept trees as is but they must be stripped of decorations and tinsel.

As for fireworks this New Year's, West Richland is the only place allowing them but safety measures must be followed.

"Make sure the adults are handling the fireworks," said Chief Bill Whealan of Benton County Fire District 4. "Make sure even though we have really wet weather out there right now make sure you have a garden hose in place because accidents do happen."

"We have to make sure that there's limits on where you can set the fireworks off," added Captain Ben Majetich of the West Richland Police Department. "City parks you're banned from, or city roadways. You have to be on private property, preferably your own, and any damage caused by fireworks you may be responsible for."

Fireworks can go from 6pm on New Year's Eve until 1am on New Year's Day.

A list of legal fireworks can be found on the West Richland Police Department's website.

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