Are you just on vacation? Or, are you already way above it? Thanks to City of Pittsfield and Mayor’s Officewe have a handy calendar for you regarding Christmas tree removal and collection.

First and foremost, please note that the Christmas tree pickup in January will accompany the regular garbage pickup schedule. Before bringing your living tree to the curb for pick up, please remove all ornaments, lights and garlands.

Also, if you had a living tree, don’t wait for it to dry before removing it. As trees dry out, they become more likely to present a fire hazard. Use a large plastic tree bag or if you don’t have one, an old blanket will do to wrap the tree. This will protect your luxurious carpet or hardwood floors from tree sap and pine needles as you pull the tree out.

Here is an overview of the Christmas tree collection schedule:

  • The week of January 3, Casella will be collecting trees on Mondays and Fridays.
  • The following week of January 10, they will resume along the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday routes.
  • During the week of January 17, Casella will resume collecting trees with Monday and Friday routes.
  • Finally, the week of January 24, they will collect trees according to the routes of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

For more information, please call 499-9330. Finally, just a word of warning: you might think it’s a good idea to burn your tree in your fireplace or woodstove. IT’S NOT! A dry tree can burn very quickly, producing sparks that can fly around the room and set rugs, rugs, and even furniture on fire.

Additionally, fresh tree sap could create a fire hazard in your chimney or stove piping. Your best bet is to play it safe and take it out with your trash on the appropriate pickup day.

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