Windsor residents don’t have to go far to discard their Christmas trees.
The town of Windsor is offering free Christmas tree recycling through Jan. 6 at the Brush Recycling Site, 801 Diamond Valley Drive.
In the past, David French, facilities manager for the town of Windsor, said trees would be dropped off in various spots in Diamond Valley, which caused more work for town employees.
“The whole purpose here is before we had control out there, people would drop Christmas trees everywhere,” French said. “It takes all our resources to move them again, and that’s just waste. To have them in one spot should be good for the operation of our brush site. In our little recycling site that wasn’t really meant for Christmas trees, that’s where they landed. The purpose of this is trying to not handle them twice, and give people opportunities to bring out there Christmas tree at no charge. It’s going to be good for everyone.”
French said trees must be free of all ornaments, lights, tinsel and other decorations before being dropped off. Wreaths may also be dropped off, French said.
French expects a lot of Christmas trees at the site.
“We had a big pile last year, and they weren’t even in the right spot,” French said. “I’m thinking we’ll have a pretty good bunch.”
The service started the day after Christmas and is available from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through Jan. 6, except for Monday (from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.). It will be closed Tuesday (New Year’s Day).
“The person in the sugar shack will direct them on where to put them,” French said of the tree drop-off point.
A valid Brush Recycling Permit must be displayed by Windsor residents who dispose of their trees. For those residents who don’t have a permit, they can pick one up at town hall, 301 Walnut St., or the community recreation center, 250 N. 11th St.
While there is no charge for the Christmas tree drop off, French added that the 2013 Brush Recycling Permits are currently available. The permit is free, but load fees of $2 per load will apply at the site for residents. Those residents with 2012 permits can change them out at town hall, the community recreation center or the recycling site at Diamond Valley.
For more information, contact the town website at www.windsorgov.com or call (970) 674-2400.