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Posted on: January 3, 2020

Disposal of Christmas trees and lights

In January, unscheduled collection of Christmas trees will be made as crew time and weather permit. Other branches stacked at the curb will also be collected during this time, if not snow covered or frozen to the ground.

Before setting out any evergreen tree or boughs, please check to verify it doesn’t have Elongate Hemlock Scale (see DATCP.wi.gov for info and photos). Help to protect Wisconsin as a major Christmas tree producer by checking evergreens for hard brown waxy spots on the underside of needles. The insect can reportedly survive winter weather, composting and pesticides, allowing the insects to spread to other hemlock, spruce and fir trees. If you notice the disease, please place those evergreen materials in a plastic bag, label the bag “invasive species”, and place it in your refuse (brown) cart. The reason for labeling the bag is just in case it would break open, so that the driver will know to collect the material, and not reject it.

For trees not infected with EHS, before setting them curbside, please remember to:

  • Remove from trees all tree stands, lights, tinsel, garland, ornaments and plastic bags.
  • Place trees and brush away from garbage and recycling carts, fire hydrants and mail boxes.

Wreaths should be discarded in your brown trash cart. The wire holding boughs together cannot be chipped or mulched. As an alternative, residents may take their wreaths apart, recycle the metal, and set out the wood twigs for yard waste collection in spring.

Remember that you may drop off indoor & outdoor holiday lights for recycling at no cost through January at:

  • Ace Hardware, 2540 Allen Blvd.
  • Wolff Kubly Ace Hardware, 6305 University Ave.
  • City of Middleton Recycling Center (Saturday mornings), 4330 Parmenter St.

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