Danbury-area towns plan for Christmas tree pickup
Every family does Christmas differently, but one thing each family encounters after the holiday is cleanup — particularly getting rid of real trees.
Depending on where one lives, that cleanup takes different forms. Danbury is one of the few towns in the region offering free pickup for discarded trees. Other towns have drop-off locations, but most have volunteer organizations handling tree pickup for a fee or a suggested donation.
In many towns, the Boy Scouts handle tree pickup. Although they usually don’t charge for the service, suggesting a donation instead, troops find the annual program fruitful. In Ridgefield, for example, tree pickup is one troop’s primary fundraiser.
In Brookfield, Scoutmaster Brian White said his troop has been picking up trees for eight years.
“It’s a fundraising opportunity, and we’re doing a service to the town,” he said.
The Scouts expect to pick up some 200 trees this year, he said.
Here are the details on tree pickup in various towns:
Danbury: The Highway Department began picking up trees on Tuesday. Residents must place their trees, without decorations, on the curb. Artificial trees will not be picked up.
The free program runs through Jan. 31, but the town advises residents to put their trees out as soon as possible.
Trees can also be dropped off for free as “wood waste” at Ferris Mulch Product on Plumtrees Road. For information on dropoffs, call 203-790-1155 or visit ferrismulchproducts.com .
New Milford: The Parks and Recreation Department will accept real trees and wreaths at the entrance to Clatter Valley Park through Feb. 1. The department asks that decorations, wire and metal be removed before dropoff.
Ridgefield: Boy Scout Troop 116 will pick up trees on Saturday. Donations are accepted, but the program is free. According to the Scouts, the troop collects some 1,000 trees each year. The collection is a primary fundraiser for the troop.
Newtown: Boy Scout Troop 270 will pick up trees and wreaths throughout town on three weekends this month. The suggested donation is $10. To sign up, visit the Facebook page, facebook.com/Troop270NewtownChristmasTree Pickup.
Brookfield: Boy Scout Troop 5 will pick up trees on Saturday and Jan. 14. The suggested donation is $10. To sign up, visit brookfieldtroop5.org/christmas-tree-pickup
Bethel: The high school’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps will pick up trees on Saturday. The suggested donation is $10. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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