Photo: New rule on X-Mas tree pickup.
As Christmas is fading into the distance, the annual “de-dressing” of o’ Tannenbaum has begun and it’s off to the sidewalk for the family Christmas tree.
And the Department of Public Works has a message to all residents:
Starting this year, Christmas trees will only be picked up during the two weeks from:
Jan. 7 to Jan. 17. So residents will have two opportunities to have trees picked up.
Please plan accordingly, according to the DPW, or you will have to hold on to your tree for a year (!) or you’ll need to have it hauled away by a private contractor. (Or you can recycle your tree yourself. They make a great covering for flower or vegetable gardens.)
Since the trees are being chipped and composted, they must not have any ornaments, tinsel or lights on them.
Also, the trees can’t be in a bag.
Finally, per the DPW, make sure that your tree is not covered by snow and ice, to facilitate putting it in the truck.
The trees will be recycled this year and will be diverted from the Waste to Energy plant.