What Do I Do With My Christmas Tree?
When I was a kid, our family always used to have a real, live tree for Christmas. There was nothing like smell of a Blue Spruce or a Fraser Fir wafting through the house to make it seem more like a special time of year. No artificial tree for us; our family owned a 210 acre farm and if you went into the woods, closed your eyes and pointed, chances are you’d be pointing at a pretty darn nice Christmas tree.
Nowadays, many people (including me) opt for a reusable, long-lasting artificial tree for Christmas. A 2004 poll conducted by ABC News/Washington Post determined that 58% of families were using a fake tree. It’s probably higher now. The main reasons for the change from real trees were cost, reusability and safety, but the main reason? No messy needle clean-up.
No matter what side of the real-vs-fake tree debate you line up on, there are still milions of people who remain true to the natural beauty of a living tree in their living room, decorated to the max and bursting with wrapped presents. And no matter if the tree comes down on December 26th or stays up well into January, the question real tree lovers face is: What do I do with the tree when I take it down?
Well, at least in Wallingford and Meriden CT, that question has been answered.
In Wallingford, the Department of Public Works will begin curbside pick-up of Christmas trees on Monday, January 9th in all sections of town. Trees must be stripped of all decorations, tinsel, bows, etc, and be placed by the curb no later than Sunday, January 8th.
This is a one-time pick-up, so be sure to have your trees out at the curb prior to the deadline. In the event you miss it, however, you can take the tree to the Wallingford Compost Area at no charge. The Wallingford Compost Center at 157 John Street will be open Monday, Thursday and Saturday from 8 AM to 4 PM until January 14th. The Compost Center will be closed from January 15th until March 15th, 2012. Any questions should be directed to the DPW at (203) 294-2105.
Meriden will be collecting trees in two phases. For residents who live on the east side of the city, the department of Public Works will pick up your trees from January 9th to January 20th. West side residents will have their trees picked up between January 23rd and February 3rd, so you can have that Christmas-y feel a little longer!
Again, the trees must be cleaned of all types of ornaments before being placed at the curb. If you’d rather dispose of your tree yourself, you can take it to the Meriden Transfer Station on Evansville Road across from Meriden Markham Airport. The hours of operation are Mondays from 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Wednesdaays from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM, and the first and third Saturday of the month from 7:30 AM to 12 noon. Any questions can be directed to the DPW at (203) 630-4018.
So, now that you know how to get rid of your lovely tree, you can rest easy and get the maximum amount of enjoyment from it. Just don’t forget to clean up those pine needles…