How to get rid of a Christmas tree?

christmas tree on sidewalkShadi emails:

Now that Christmas is over and all the festivities have come to an end... I was wondering if All Over Albany had suggestions as to how to dispose or re-use the no longer needed christmas tree.

Does the city come and pick up your un-wanted tree to use for composting? Do we need to call the city to schedule a pick up? If so, who do we call? Or are there other clever ways to re-use the trees that don't require it to be thrown on the sidewalk?

Shadi isn't the only one who has this question. We've heard a few people lately wonder about it.

Well, here's the answer for the City of Albany. If you put out your Christmas tree on your regular trash day (the tree should not be wrapped in anything), DGS will pick it up and compost it.

If you're not in Albany, give your town or trash hauler a call. They should be able to answer your question right away -- it's sort of the trash question of the moment.

photo: Flickr user julio.garciah


Note: The city of Albany will only pick up your Christmas tree if you live in a building with 4 units or less. If you live in a building with more than 4 apartments, your landlord should have a private trash hauler, and you should check with your landlord or building manager to find out what to do with the tree.

The church I attended as a kid always had a Christmas Tree bonfire/potluck dinner. Fun fun!

Just spoke to Public Works office in Saratoga Springs. They said to put the tree out on the curb and they'll pick it up "eventually". Because of the storms they've been behind.

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