Christmas tree pickup planned for next week

Posted Dec. 31, 2009, at 7:58 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Residents have two choices when it comes to getting rid of old Christmas trees — either take them to the Public Works building or wait until curbside pickup begins next week, city officials say.

“We will pick them up curbside next week, but I’m not sure the day we’ll start” because of the heavy snowstorm predicted for this weekend, Bernie Keene, yard foreman, said Thursday.

Clearing the roads of snow and making sure they’re safe to drive on is the first priority, he said.

Residents also can bring the trees to the Public Works building at 530 Maine Ave. between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. seven days a week, Keene said.

Brewer has no curbside pickup, but the city has a designated drop-off spot at Brewer Auditorium, by the lower gate off Wilson Street.

Brewer residents can drop off trees there anytime up until Jan. 21.

“Before dropping off trees be sure to remove all decorations and the tree stand, and please do not wrap the tree in plastic,” Brewer’s Web site states.

Residents also can take the trees to the Brewer landfill at Elm Street during regular business hours, after Jan. 5, where they will be chipped and used as fuel.

Anyone with questions on how to dispose of Christmas trees should call their local public works department or town hall.

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