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How to dispose of your Christmas tree

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So what are you going to do with that live Christmas tree in your living room after Jolly Old St. Nick has dropped off his load of goodies on Christmas day?

The city offers this idea: Take off all the lights and ornaments and drag the tree out to your parkway between Monday, Dec. 31, and Friday, Feb. 2, and the city will pick it up and dispose of it in an ecologically approved fashion.

Trees will be picked up on the same day of the week as they retrieve your normal refuse and recyclying collection.

Your tree will not be picked up from the alleys or private property, the city warns. Instead, place it between the sidewalk and the street in front of your home.

And do not place the lights or decorations in plastic bags, the city states, as these materials can damage equipment used to convert the trees into mulch.

If you have questions, you are invited to call or text (847) 448-4311. For convenience, you can also dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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