Friday, January 3, 2014

'Tis the Season to Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Christmas tree recycling is a little bit
different in each municipality in the
Easton area, but one thing everyone
pretty much agrees on is that trees
must be stripped of lights, ornaments,
and tinsel strands before being
recycled, as those objects
can damage chipping equipment,
paid for with your tax dollars!
Like it or not, the new year generally means the end of holiday decorations. The green thing to do with your formerly live evergreen is to keep it out of the landfill and return it to the Earth in an environmentally-friendly manner.

Here's how to do just that in the Easton area.

In the City of Easton

Beginning next week, trees should be placed curbside in the same area used for garbage pickup with all decorations and strands completely removed. Trees may be wrapped in plastic bags; however, trees bound by strings or rope will not be accepted as this may damage chipping equipment.

Trees will be picked up according to the following schedule:

  • On College Hill on Monday, January 6 and 13
  • From 10th Street east to Larry Holmes Drive on Tuesday, January 7 and 14
  • In South Side, including The Highlands, on Wednesday, January 8 and 15
  • From 10th Street west to 15th Street, on Thursday, January 9 and 16

The city's public works department notes the collection schedule is subject to vary due to weather conditions.

Trees may also be dropped off at the City of Easton Recycling Center located at 500 Bushkill Drive between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

For questions or concerns, call city's public works department at 610-250-6680.

In Wilson Borough

Beginning Monday, January 6, residents may put trees out in the same area used for garbage pickup on their regular collection day. Borough public works employees will pick up the trees for chipping. For questions or concerns, call the borough at 610-258-6142

In Palmer Township

Christmas trees should be put out on your regular trash pick up day during the weeks of January 6, 13, and 24. Please remove tinsel, ornaments, and tree stands. Trees in plastic bags will not be collected.

In Forks Township

Residents may drop off Christmas trees in the marked designated area at the parking lot to the side of the township municipal building at 1606 Sullivan Trail any time through January 13 or at the township's public works facility located at 1051 Frost Hollow Road.

In Williams Township

Residents may bring Christmas trees to the recycling center at 2300 Morgan Hill Road and place them in the provided dumpster now through the middle of January. All ornaments, lights, tinsel and bags must be removed, as if any of these items are left on the trees, they get jammed in the shredder's blades, the township notes.

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