Cities & towns preparing to collect discarded Christmas trees

Your disposal options – and where your tree ends up – will vary depending on where you live.

By: Tim Studebaker

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – In these last few days of December, you may be preparing to take down your holiday decorations, including the Christmas tree.  If you have a real tree, you’ll need to know how to dispose of it properly, and your options are different depending on where you live.

Eric Earls is the DPW Director in Warwick.  Earls says, “When you put your trees out, you should make sure obviously that the ornaments are gone.  If you had tinsel on it, get as much of that as you can off the trees.”

Warwick is one of many cities and towns offering curbside Christmas tree pickup for its residents.  The city will pick up trees on your assigned trash day in the first two weeks of January.

Earls says, “We’re going to pick it up curbside, we’re going to bring it here to our compost facility, and we’re going to run it through a grinder, and that’s going to generate wood chips.”

Those wood chips are available to the public year round, to be used in landscaping.

In Providence, curbside pickup is offered for the first 3 weeks of January.  They’ll be sent to Rhode Island Resource Recovery in Johnston, where they’ll be composted.

In Burrillville, there is no curbside pickup.  You’ll need to drop your tree off at the town’s composting facility on the first or second Wednesday or Saturday in January.

Back in Warwick, if you miss the deadline for curbside pickup, you can also take your tree directly to their composting facility.

Earls says, “We’re lucky in Warwick to have a compost facility where we can accommodate that.”

Rhode Island town by town disposal options for real Christmas trees: http://atoz.rirrc.org/items/real-christmas-trees

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