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Christmas tree disposal set for Buffalo area communities

It is that time of year to un-deck those dried out Christmas trees and toss them to the curb. However, the rules on when to do it vary in towns and cities across the region.

Buffalo residents can begin putting their discarded trees at the curbside on Monday and the city will collect them through Jan. 13, according to Susan Attridge, the city's recycling coordinator.

"Any other time, they can still put (the trees) out, but then they will just go into the garbage," Attridge said.

She also advises city residents to remove any decorations, including tinsel, from the trees before placing them at the curb for pickup.

"If there's a little bit (of tinsel) on there, it's not a big deal, but they should take that off. They should not bag (the tree), either ... It's easier on the whole process if they don't bag it up. And, of course, they have to be natural trees," said Attridge.

City residents also may drop off their discarded trees at Cazenovia and Shoshone parks, where staging areas for chipping them will be located. Residents may take the wood chips with them to use as mulch in their spring and summer gardens.

Discarded artificial trees will be treated as garbage and not yard waste.

Amherst will begin picking up discarded Christmas trees for recycling beginning Tuesday. A significant snow event or street salting operations could delay the pickup operations, Amherst Highway Superintendent Patrick G. Lucey said.

"We would like them, obviously, stripped of any tinsel or ornaments and not in plastic bags, because we take them to be composted at the composting facility in the town here. If there is tinsel and ornaments on them, it can mess up the machines that process the trees," Lucey said.

Here are the rules in other municipalities:

Cheektowaga: Already has begun collecting discarded trees.

Niagara Falls: Trees will be picked up with regular garbage throughout the month of January.

North Tonawanda: Trees, which are destined for chipping, are already being picked up with regular trash disposal.

Town of Tonawanda: Already has begun tree pickup on regular garbage pickup days. Trees are destined for recycling.

West Seneca: Already has begun collecting discarded trees.

Lancaster: Already has begun collecting discarded trees.


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