It’s the day after Christmas and all over town, people are wondering — now that the big party’s over, how do I get rid of the tree?

The short answer is — just drag it out to the curb. And, there’s no big hurry.

City of Evanston crews will pick up holiday trees from Tuesday, Jan. 3, through Friday, Jan. 27.

Trees will be picked up on the same day of the week as residents’ normal refuse and recycling collection.

Tree collection guidelines

  • All trees should be placed on the parkway, in between the street and the sidewalk.
  • Trees will not be picked up from alleys or private property.
  • Do not place trees in plastic bags.
  • Remove all lights and decorations from trees. These materials can damage equipment used to convert trees into mulch.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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