Christmas tree collection will begin on Jan. 2 in the village of Dexter. There is not a set schedule.
The Department of Public Works will pick up trees as necessary. Residents should not bag trees, and make sure all tinsel and ornaments have been removed.
Trees can be placed at the curb for pick-up.
The National Christmas Tree Association also has several tips for recycling Christmas trees.
- Yard waste: Cut the tree to fit loosely into your yard waste container.
- Tree recycling/mulching programs: Tree recycling and mulching programs are a fast-growing trend in communities throughout the nation. Check with your local department of public works for information. They chip and shred the trees, then make the mulch available for use in your garden.
- Fish feeders: Sunk into private fish ponds, trees make an excellent refuge and feeding area for fish.
- Bird feeders: Place the Christmas tree in the garden or backyard and use it as a bird feeder and sanctuary. Fresh orange slices or strung popcorn will attract the birds and they can sit in the branches for shelter. (Make sure all decorations, hooks, garland and tinsel strands are removed). Eventually (within a year) the branches will become brittle and you can break the tree apart by hand or chip it in a chipper.
- Mulch: A Christmas tree is biodegradable; its branches may be removed, chipped, and used as mulch in the garden. If you have a neighbor with a chipper, see if he will chip it for you.