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

Comments

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.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

A few more bits about the planned upgrades at Thacher State Park

The rendering above is the latest version of the new visitor center planned for Thacher Park State Park. It was released this week as part... (more)

Three reasons why bringing the Olympics back to New York State is a bad idea

Every now and then the idea of New York State hosting the Olympics pops up. And it's done so again this week, with leaders in... (more)

Byrne Dairy ice cream sandwiches

Though milder weather is apparently on the way, ice cream probably still isn't at the top of your mind. But, really, any time is a... (more)

Orange is the new green

Noted: The production of season two of Orange is the New Black, which is shot in Rockland County, got almost $10 million in tax breaks... (more)

Philadelphia Orchestra at SPAC 2015

The Philadelphia Orchestra will be returning to SPAC this summer, August 5-22. The lineup of concerts is out -- it includes notable names such as... (more)

Recent Comments

When I used to bus-commute in another city, there was a similar smart card system and it was AWESOME. On/Off time was significantly decreased, so buses were even a little more timely. I hope this pilot goes smoothly because the faster this gets implemented, the better for bus riders. This is good news!

Byrne Dairy ice cream sandwiches

...has 4 comments, most recently from Selena

Orange is the new green

...has 1 comment, most recently from Sue

Park South redevelopment plan gets final OK

...has 30 comments, most recently from daleyplanit

Morning Blend for Mar 3

...has 1 comment, most recently from Michelle

Today's moment of winter

...has 2 comments, most recently from Greg