Ah, the festive Christmas tree in so many Evanston homes — the center of attention in December, and just so much trash in January.

City of Evanston crews will have special pickups to help residents dispose of those forlorn trees.

Holiday tree pickups start Monday, Dec. 28, and will continue through Friday, Feb. 5.

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

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.

Residents are asked to remove all lights and decorations from trees, and to not place them in plastic bags. Those materials can damage equipment used to convert the trees into mulch.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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    1. Needless Comment

      Duh. Get over yourself. The words "Christmas tree" were used in the very first sentence of the story.  The words "Holiday tree pickups" in a subsequent paragraph represent a well-worded way to convey "pickups of trees during the holiday period" — thereby referring to the City's holiday schedule (which encompasses more than just the one day called Christmas).

      1. Snarky, but kinda true
        According to the City of Evanston’s website on November 20, 2015, the City of Evanston had a “Holiday Tree Lighting” for the public. Not a Christmas tree lighting. Though the author of the article may use the proper term Christmas tree, but our city officials seem to avoid it.

        1. When is a tree just a tree?

          The inclusion of fir trees in celebrations around the winter solstice dates to pagan times.

          For people who subscribe to America's dominant religious tradition to get upset about whether other people call it a Christmas tree or a Holiday tree strikes me as a sign of insecurity. And calling out other people for not using the word you prefer amounts to bullying.

          Call the tree what you will, readers. And let others call it what they will.

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          — Bill




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