Towns Set Guidelines, Schedules for Tree Pickup

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Byline: Gala M. Pierce Daily Herald Staff Writer

The gifts have been opened, the eggnog finished. Strands of tinsel and pine needles litter the carpet.

As much as you might want to hold onto the holiday a little longer, it's not too early to think about cleaning up a bit.

The public works departments in Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles have set their schedules for Christmas tree pickups.

But before you rush to get your outdated ornament to the curb, there are a few things you should know.

First, all hard materials including ornaments, garland, nails, stands and tinsel must be removed from the tree. Residents should not place wreaths and roping with Christmas trees, but with the normal trash.

In addition, Tri-Cities residents will be offered free wood chips from their public works department.

Batavia

The city of Batavia will begin pickup the week of Jan. 5 east of Fox River. Tree pickup will continue through February.

Christmas trees picked up by the city will be taken to the public works facility at 200 N. Raddant Road. They then will be chipped into mulch that can be used around certain plants and shrubs. Mulch can be picked up between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

For details, call (630) 879-1424.

Geneva

The Geneva Public Works Department has scheduled a citywide collection of discarded Christmas trees from Jan. 12 to 23.

Each street will have a pickup only one time during the two weeks. Trees must be placed on the parkway or in the alley by 7 a.m. on the scheduled pickup date. Trees must not be placed out for collection earlier than the weekend prior to the scheduled pickup date.

Here's the schedule:

- Pickup will begin Jan. 12 for areas west of the Fox River between Route 38 and Union Pacific railroad tracks; and areas west of the Fox River and south of the Union Pacific railroad tracks. …