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

Monthly house payments by Capital Region place

Some follow-up on that post a few weeks back about comparing Capital Region property tax rates: Matt emailed us hoping we could send along the... (more)

All cider, all the time

The cider market continues to fizz: Cider bars are popping up in cities around the country, including a new all-cider spot in Manhattan. As we've... (more)

Ravioli from Ragonese Imports

For being such a simple thing, ravioli can be tough to get right. When I'm not writing and producing media about food, I teach cooking... (more)

Tulip Festival 2015 music lineup

The schedule for this year's Tulip Festival is out. The headliner is the britpop/rock band The Kooks. A quick scan version of the music slates... (more)

Morning Blend

Hi. We're continuing to try out a new format for Morning Blend. Thanks for the feedback so far, and we welcome continued suggestions. Many details... (more)

Recent Comments

I am very much looking forward to Mother's Day. I'll be taking my mother to Five Rivers, as has become tradition, where hopefully we'll see beavers on the Beaver Tree Trail

Morning Blend for Mar 31

...has 5 comments, most recently from B

Morning Blend for Mar 30

...has 6 comments, most recently from Alisa

Tulip Festival 2015 music lineup

...has 2 comments, most recently from Joe A

Ravioli from Ragonese Imports

...has 3 comments, most recently from Jess

Meeting about food trucks in Albany

...has 4 comments, most recently from Paul