BOUNTIFUL – It’s hard to fit a Christmas tree in with the recyclables.
Though the popularity of artificial trees means that fewer people are dealing with live greenery, there are still plenty of dead trees to deal with when New Years Day rolls around. Knowing this, some Davis County cities are offering tree pickup services through the first weeks in January.
“The numbers were dropping for awhile,” said Steve Robinson, the owner of Robinson Waste Services, whose company is responsible for Christmas tree pickup in Kaysville. “But they’ve stayed pretty steady the last few years.”
According to Dirk Klausmeier, a supervisor at Ace Recycling and Disposal, those numbers also depend on the area. Ace is handling the pickup for Centerville.
“In places where it’s more affluent, the number pretty much stays the same,” said Klausmeier. “There are always green trees there.”
Still, he’s seen a drop.
“We used to have to put out several large containers for tree stands,” he said. “But there didn’t seem to be as many of those this year, either.”
For those who still have live trees, Centerville will be starting Christmas tree pickup on Jan. 5. Woods Cross will be doing theirs on Jan. 7, and West Bountiful will be picking up trees on Jan. 7 and 8.
Bountiful City residents will have their trees picked up on their regular garbage day during the week of Jan. 7-11. Kaysville’s will start Jan. 10, but city officials warn that it may take several days to pick up all the trees. Farmington’s pickup will be on Jan. 12.
Tree collection starts early in the morning, so residents should put trees out the night before. Only real trees will be collected, and decorations, flocking and tree stands need to be removed in advance. Any tree taller than 8 feet needs to be cut in half.
Trees should be set out on the curb in their usual garbage collection pickup spot. They should be placed next to the regular garbage cans rather than inside them. If it snows enough to bury the tree, unbury it so crews don’t miss it.
For residents who miss their pickup, the green-waste recycling facility at the Davis Landfill will accept Christmas trees at no charge now through Jan. 30. The landfill isn’t responsible for pickup, so residents will need to bring their trees in personally.