Christmas tree collection in Madison begins Wednesday

December 28, 2018

Not that anyone’s trying to hurry you along, but if your holiday cheer is winding down, city crews will start picking up Christmas trees next week.

To participate in the first round, trees should be placed at the curb in a spot that is accessible to city workers by 7 a.m. Wednesday. Crews are expected to finish the first round by Jan. 18.

For those looking to keep their evergreens a little longer, a second round of collection begins on Jan. 22, during which residents should get their trees on the curb by 7 a.m. that day. The second round is expected to run through Feb. 8.

All tree stands — regardless of their material — as well as ornaments, decorations, lights and tree bags must be removed before trees can be collected. If Christmas trees become buried in snow, residents are asked to uncover them so Streets Division workers can find them.

People who miss out on both rounds won’t have another opportunity for the city to collect their trees until spring brush collection.

Not allowed during Christmas tree collection are wreaths, boughs, evergreen ropes and garlands. Those decorations often include metal or wires that can damage the wood chipper. Instead, they should be thrown into trash bins.

State inspectors are also warning Wisconsin residents to either burn their wreaths and other evergreen decorations or place them in a bag before putting them in the trash, as an invasive insect has been found in many of the items purchased from large chain stores in the state.

Christmas trees can also be taken to the city’s two drop-off sites at 1501 W. Badger Road and 4602 Sycamore Ave., which are open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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