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Towns schedule Christmas tree collection days
Long Island’s towns and cities are currently collecting and disposing of residents’ Christmas trees. Here is some information on those collections:
Babylon: Christmas trees can be placed on the curb on residents’ regular yard waste day for pickup. The trees are placed at town beaches to prevent erosion. Alternatively, the Town of Babylon 9/11 Hometown Memorial Committee requests that residents bring their Christmas trees to the Overlook Beach parking lot on Jan. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon; the trees will be used to create a protective dune around the 9/11 Hometown Memorial.
Brookhaven: The town will pick up Christmas trees this week, and will send them to Long Island Compost for mulching.
East Hampton: The town’s highway department collects Christmas trees and chips them up.
Glen Cove: The city hosted its annual Chip-A-Tree event last Saturday at Morgan Park.
Hempstead: The town will collect Christmas trees and wreaths on two Wednesdays, Jan. 11 and 25. Residents are asked to place trees and wreaths at the curb before 6 a.m. and no earlier than 7 p.m. the night before the special collection day. Trees and wreaths collected will be sent to a composting facility out of state, said town spokesman Michael Deery.
Huntington: The town picks up trees on regular yard waste pickup days. Trees are taken to the town’s yard waste vendor in Babylon and returned to the town recycling center as mulch. Residents can get mulch at the center.
Islip: The town is picking up Christmas trees with winter yard waste this week, Monday through Thursday, the particular day depending on local collection schedules. The trees will be taken to the town’s compost facility and turned into mulch.
Long Beach: The sanitation department said trees left by the curb will be picked up for two weeks starting last Friday, and taken to a dump site.
North Hempstead: Residents can place Christmas trees curbside on the days yard waste is picked up, which varies by community, town spokesman Collin Nash said. The trees are turned into mulch and some of it is used at town parks such as Clark Botanic Garden, he said.
Oyster Bay: Oyster Bay picks up Christmas trees as residents set them outside and takes them to be chipped.
Riverhead: Christmas trees will be picked up on regular yard waste days and disposed of by the carters. On the third week in January, all trees picked up during the week will be taken to the town yard waste facility, where they will be ground up in the spring. Under town contracts, every homeowner gets garbage pickup service.
Shelter Island: Residents must bring trees themselves — or have their carter do it — to the town recycling center, where they are eventually chopped up along with the other brush and turned into ground cover or composted.
Smithtown: The highway department will pick up discarded Christmas trees any weekday through the end of January. Residents of private roads and gated communities must contact their carter or maintenance provider to dispose of trees. Trees picked up by the town Highway Department usually are chipped and taken to the town landfill.
Southampton: Christmas trees may be brought to three locations for free disposal until the end of the month: North Sea facility at 1370 Majors Path, Southampton; 32 Jackson Ave., Hampton Bays; and 66 Old Country Rd., Westhampton. Trees, which must be free of all ornaments and wires, are grinded down for mulch.
Southold: Christmas trees can be dropped off at no charge at the town’s compost site on Cox Lane in Cutchogue, located alongside the old landfill. Trees must be free of all ornaments, and are grinded down for mulch. Residents can get 500 pounds of free mulch per year.