Take ornaments, stands off Christmas trees for disposal

Take the stand off your Christmas tree before putting it out for disposal, officials say.Take the stand off your Christmas tree before putting it out for disposal, officials say.

CLIFTON PARK — While towns residents will have the opportunity to dispose of their Christmas trees free of charge, they must make sure the trees are free of ornaments and other objects before pick up.

County Waste picks up the Christmas trees free of charge, a program which the town has been a part of for the past few years. Only one tree per homeowner will be picked up. All ornamentation, including tinsel and stands, must be removed from the tree prior to pick up.

“County Waste has provided the service for years,” Clifton Park Town Supervisor Phil Barrett said.

Residents are asked to place trees outside by their curb on Jan​. 14. County Waste will then make a pass through the neighborhood during the week of Jan. 15 through ​19.

The trees need to be free of decorations and attachments, Barrett explained, because the trees will be included in the town’s recycling program, which means that all items picked up must be clean yard waste.​

Stopping to take stands and ornaments off of the trees will only slow down the clean up process for County Waste, Barrett explained. If there are ornaments or stands on the trees, they might not be picked up.

“They want to proceed with an efficient process,” Barrett said. “All we ask is that they be ready for recycling.”