Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Now that the pine needles on your Christmas tree are starting to fall off, it’s time to throw it out. Stop! There’s a better way to do the job. The City needs your tree to turn it into mulch. This is a win-win program. Just leave your tree curbside (see below for pick-up schedule), or take it to a drop-off center. It’s that easy. Please try to be extra green this year and don’t bag your tree – it kinda defeats the purpose of being earth-frienly when The City has to dispose of a giant plastic bag. The City saves $60 for every ton that it recycles, and you can be happy knowing that your beautiful Christmas tree is getting a second life – a life that helps to make our city looking great. Here are all of the details:

Curbside collection of holiday trees is scheduled to begin on Monday, January 2, 2012 through Friday, January 6, 2012.  City residents can place their tree out on the curb (preferably un-bagged) on or before their regularly scheduled garbage pickup day. Please know that trees will be picked up separately from garbage.  Also, residents should make sure to remove all nails, stands, decorations, lighting and ornaments from trees.

In addition to the one-week pick up, the City is also offering drop-off points at three locations in the city from now until Saturday, January 14, 2012.  The locations are as follows:

Cazenovia Park (Golf course parking lot), South of Seneca Street, at the foot of Wildwood

Shoshone Park (Parking lot) North off of Hertel, at the foot of Beard

1120 Seneca Street (Rear parking lot) Between Babcock and Smith

These drop-off sites will be open from 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.  For more information about the program, please contact the City of Buffalo DPW at 851-5636.

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Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Catalyst behind the Pierce-Arrow Film Arts Center. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette. Themed New Years mayhem at various locations. Next up: Porchfest... Also offers package tours of the city for groups or individuals. Contact Newell Nussbaumer | Newell@BuffaloRising.com

3 comments
dave majewski
dave majewski

DITTO Mr Green Jeans.

These trees last much longer than a couple of weeks and provide cover and roosting places for our winter resident birds. I grab 5 or 6 each new years and keep until March. Many stay green healed in the snow/ice as well.

I to lean them on my back fence.

Living in a small town in S Carolina yeara ago, they would encourage people to throw their trees in the local non-navigable water bodies: ponds, small lakes, etc... ways to provide cover for fish and to decompose over time adding valuable nutrients and organic matter to the water. But - I know that this pracice is not really feasible in Buffalo and larger cities. But - it makes sense.

MrGreenJeans
MrGreenJeans

Every year, I grab several trees from the curb & lean them on my backyard fence - my songbird friends love to perch in pines, and the green lasts until late May.

RumRunner
RumRunner

You forgot to mention that everybody gets Christmas again in the spring when the pine mulch gets spread in the planters!

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